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15 Feb 2018
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Sheikh Mansoor Festival pavilion the highlight as ADIHEX scores a hit


One of the most anticipated events on the UAE equestrian calendar, the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX), which concluded in the UAE capital last week, witnessed a turnout of over 110,000 visitors. Abdullah Butti Al Qubaisi, the ADIHEX Director, said the visitor turnout bore testament to the ever increasing popularity of the event. “This is testament to the great success and continuous growth of the event, which has seen a turnout of more than 110,000 visitors,” he said.

The 15th edition of the event was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Emirates Falconers Club. The exhibition enjoyed the support of The Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee and was organised by the Emirates Falconers Club at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre from September 12-16. The five day exhibition was sponsored by ‘One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital’ under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

The only dedicated hunting, equestrian and outdoor sports exhibition of its kind in the region, ADIHEX drew together exhibitors from 88 countries and showcased the best products and services on offer. Over 650 firms engaged in the industry participated in the event, 68 more than last year. And it could easily be rated as the biggest and most anticipated event of its type in the region, as it witnessed a footfall of over 110,000, with interest high across the five days due to the smorgasbord of activities which had been designed to cater to people of all age groups and interest levels.

While the exhibition featured a designated heritage area to acquaint visitors with the ancient traditions of the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular, visitor activities included everything from riding to puppet, horse and camel shows, arts and crafts highlighting UAE culture to archery. An auction for Purebred Arabians also formed part of the exhibition’s itinerary. Visitors were also treated to a wide range of workshops involving Emirati customs and traditions and cuisine. Standing tall among the pavilions that had been set up at the show was that by the event’s main sponsor the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

Set up over an area of nearly 4,000 sq. metres, the pavilion featured a ‘hyper loop’, which Lara Sawaya, the Executive Director of the Sheikh Mansoor Festival, felt presented the idea that Purebred Arabians will be faster than the ‘hyper loop’ in the coming years. Representatives from a number of government departments and equestrian bodies, VIPs, sheikhs and diplomats, including the American Ambassador to the UAE attended the opening day of the event. HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ajman, was one of the sheikhs who visited the event.

Sawaya said: “We are very pleased that rulers of emirates and members of the UAE cabinet are visiting and showering praise on the role of Purebred Arabian horses globally.” She added: “We are very happy to state that the exhibition has representation from 88 countries and all major sponsors are being represented at the venue. “This is big support we can expect from our sponsors which helps us to look at the coming year with greater confidence as 2018 holds more promises.” The exhibition witnessed the release of the sixth edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival Year Book for 2016 written by journalist Muthyalu Satyanarayan, who has penned all previous editions of the year book.

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