United Arab Emirates

UAE Issues New Law To Combat Drugs In Racing, Equestrian Events

Earlier this week, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates issued a new law to combat the “trade or use of banned substances in horse racing and equestrian sports events in the country.” According to the website Arabian Business, the new law will aim to “protect legitimate competition in the […]

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Report: Newmarket On Alert After Horse Tests Positive For Strangles

Newmarket-based horsemen are on alert after a case of strangles was confirmed in one of trainer Marco Botti’s horses that recently returned from racing in Dubai. The Racing Post reports that the horse in question has been moved to an isolation yard. Two other horses that were on the same flight are currently being monitored […]

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Sheikh Hamdan: Meydan Dirt Could Pose Problems For Chrome

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, deputy ruler of the United Arab Emirates and owner of Shadwell Stud, said¬†California Chrome may¬†have a difficult time adapting to the new dirt track at Meydan, site of the $10-million Dubai World Cup on March 28. The sheikh made his remarks Thursday at the grand opening of an Arabian […]

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FEI Removes UAE Endurance Events From Calendar, Citing Welfare Concerns

The FEI distributed the following press release this week: Following the first meeting of the new FEI Executive Board, chaired by recently elected President Ingmar De Vos, Secretary General Sabrina Zeender has removed the two remaining international Endurance events scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March 2015 from the FEI […]

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UAE: Al Ain Racecourse to Stage First Race Meet Friday

The eagerly-awaited first meeting at Al Ain Racecourse takes place Friday afternoon with a six-race card staged Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club. The new facility boasts a 2500m circumference track making it the largest in the UAE and is described as a mixture of sand and fibre by Al Ain racing manager, Neil […]

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Classy Sprinters Square Off in Listed Dubawi Stakes

The Dubawi Stakes, the highlight of the second Dubai World Cup Carnival card of 2014 may be officially classed as a Listed race, but with the first three home in the 2013 Dubai Golden Shaheen among the starters, it feels more like a Group 1. The Satish Seemar-trained Golden Shaheen hero, Reynaldothewizard, Edward Lynam’s runner-up, […]

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Longines Sponsors Launch of 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival

Al Maktoum Challenge R1 Highlights International Six-Race Card Luxury Swiss watchmaker, Longines returns to Meydan Racecourse on Thursday as Official Timekeeper for the first of the 11 race meetings of the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival. The brand, a major supporter of the top echelons of horse sport the world over, also puts its name […]

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Gov. Steve Beshear, KY Chamber of Commerce Travel to Dubai on Official Visit

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, along with first lady Jane Beshear, have arrived in Dubai as part of a trade mission to the Middle East. The Beshears, along with Kentucky Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes and Secretary of Public Protection Robert Vance, are representing the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on the trip. Part of the visit […]

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UAE Releases 2013-2014 Racing Calendar; World Cup Set for March 29

The dates for the UAE’s 2013-2014 racing season have been approved by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA). The new season’s inaugural day of racing will be held at the Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday, […]

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UAE: Sheikh Mohammed Orders Drafting of Anti-Doping Law for Equine Sports

After having his Godolphin Racing empire at the center of a major steroid investigation in England for the past month, Sheikh Mohammed has ordered the drafting of legislation that would “ban the import, selling and buying of banned performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing and equine sports” in the United Arab Emirates. In late April, the […]

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