Leaders from the global equine industry are set for a Dubai rendezvous from 21 to 23 March during the three day Dubai International Horse Fair (DIHF) and Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship (DIAHC) that will run in tandem at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The events are held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, and are world renowned for showcasing the latest equine products and services and the finest breeds of Arabian horses from around the world. The current equine industry is valued at approximately $300 billion globally and impacts 1.6 million full time jobs.
Over 10,000 buyers, professionals, breeders and enthusiasts from more than 25 countries, with new additions from Serbia, China, Chile, Malaysia, Lebanon and Turkey amongst others, are expected to attend DIHF to share ideas and widen their global networks with over 200 brands and companies. The UK, which is home to several of the fair’s exhibitors such as Equine Products UK and Barriers International, is internationally recognised as the leading source of equine expertise with overseas trade currently valued at over £500m. Guangzhou DeeOne Exhibition Co. Ltd hails from China where the number of horse clubs has increased by 1500% in recent years, from 90 in 2010 to 1400 in 2017.
Multi Radiance Medical is a returning exhibitor to the fair and is based in the US where seven million Americans are directly involved in the industry with two million owning horses themselves. The 2019 DIHF will also feature renowned brands specialising in ‘state of the art’ stables, horse feed, riding apparel and garments. In addition, art and décor pieces with an equestrian theme from the likes of Reem Gallery, Equine Art and Baba Art will be on offer to the public in an extensive gallery alongside other artists from around the world. Running alongside the fair is DIAHC which showcases some of the world’s best groomed and trained Arabians. DIAHC itself carries a prize purse of $4 million (Dh15 million).
Ziad Abdullah Galadari, chairman, Higher Organising Committee of DIAHC, said: “Horses form an integral part of the heritage of the world with families regularly enjoying equestrian events together. “The UAE is emerging as one of the world’s leading hubs for the equestrian community with international shows and events currently taking place every year. “DIAHC, held alongside DIHF, will not only present the best available horses but will also allow the finest breeds to compete on an international stage.” New international exhibitors include France-based Deltacast, EquinArt from Germany and Granata Selleria Srl of Italy to name but a few and bring with them cutting edge technology, beautiful craftsmanship and exceptional talent and expertise.
Mousa Al Harbi, representative of the Royal Cavalry of Oman, said: “We are pleased to return to Dubai for DIHF; it remains one of the few fairs which encompasses all our equestrian expertise be it training, racing, polo, dressage, endurance and showjumping events. We are very excited to share ideas in a global setting with the community.” An auction will also be held during the event where Purebred Arabians from local studs will go under the hammer. In previous years, the auction presented around 100 pure blood Arabian breeds for sale with onlookers buying and enjoying the thrill of a live auction. Adding to the excitement at DIHF is a host of family friendly features that will delight young and old, including a masterful performance from highly disciplined Spanish horses.
Asma Al Sharif, group portfolio director with organisers Dubai World Trade Centre, added: “We are proud to host the 15th edition of DIHF which continues to support the region’s growing equine sector. “Every year we are seeing broader global interest in the show as we prepare to welcome exhibitors, buyers, breeders and enthusiasts from around the world, including newcomers from Asia, Europe and the US who come to network, grow their businesses and build opportunities within one of the most vibrant equine industries in the world.” The event is open to both trade visitors and the general public and admission is free. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For further information and stand booking please visit the show’s official page at www.dihf.ae