Mohammed Taha, the Editor in Chief of Al Adiyat magazine, the voice of horse racing in the UAE, passed away in Dubai on Sunday, but the tributes have continued to pour in.
Mohammed Taha helped establish Al Adiyat magazine and played a crucial role in turning it into one of the most read racing publications in the region. He was associated with the sport since its inception in the UAE in the early nineties and had been a pivotal member of the core management team behind the successful Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR), created by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance.
As a close associate of DIAR Chairman, HE Mirza Al Sayegh, Director of the Office of Sheikh Hamdan, Mohammed Taha helped promote the DIAR races through his writing.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Majid Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club: A top class professional in the field of equestrian journalism
MOHAMMED TAHA understood the gentleness of the horse and he was a dear brother to everyone. He was a pioneer in the industry and has left us with an everlasting memory of his good work in the field of equestrian journalism.
The loss is great, but this is the will of God, who honored him with the love of people in this world and a departure in these blessed days of Ramadan. We pray that God shrouds him with the blessings of His mercy.
We are proud that our working with each other since the early days of racing has led to the firm establishment of the sport and that we reap the fruits today.
Mohammed Taha was a top class professional and was highly knowledgeable in the field of equestrian and all its various forms.
HE Mirza Al Sayegh, Director of the Office of Sheikh Hamdan:
He was a thorough professional and we gave us so many fond memories. We had wonderful trips together on various assignments to promote racing around the world and his contributions to the sport will be forever remembered fondly. He always performed his duties professionally and was ever diligent, an encyclopedia on racing that anyone could gain immensely from. He always performed his duties with integrity and honesty and provided many insights and ideas into how the sport of horseracing could be grown. He was a very valuable member of our Dubai International Arabian Racing team and also took part in several visits of Al Maktoum Charity Foundation's team coordinating aid to the needy in many countries, contributing valuable insights and reports. His legacy will continue forever.
Mohamed Jamea Khalifa Al Qaizi, Chairman of Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre: A prominent cog in the racing media machinery
I WAS deeply saddened by the passing away of Mohamed Ahmed Taha Al Hafyan, the Editor-in-Chief of Al Adiyat Magazine, who moved to the mercy of his master on the third Sunday of Ramadan, after a struggle with an illness he met with great patience and strength.
Mohammed Taha contributed to the establishment of Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre and Al Adiyat magazine, keeping pace with racing in the country since its inception. He was one of the most prominent cadres who worked with absolute impartiality and selflessness in the development and renaissance of DARIC and Al Adiyat magazine.
Ahmed Mohammed Al Sarookh, Director of the Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre: We have lost one of our pillars... his legacy will continue
IT is a sad day for the entire racing fraternity as one of our dearest brothers Mohammed Taha passed away from this world. Not only is this a great loss for Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre, who has lost one of its pillars and one of the founders of Al Adiyat Magazine, but it is a big loss for equestrian sport in the UAE.
Mohammed Taha worked untiringly to enhance the reputation of the magazine and was a master craftsman at telling stories in print, which helped turn Al Adiyat into one of the most influential racing magazines around the world.
Throughout his years at Al Adiyat, Mohamed Taha remained faithful to his task and spared no effort or time in helping to raise the bar for the magazine and consolidate its position as one of the most respected racing publications in globally.
While our condolences go out to his family and friends and all his colleagues at Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre and Al Adiyat, we know that the core values and message imparted by him will continue at our organisation with the help of God through the efforts of his colleagues and brothers at DHRIC and Al Adiyat.
Eng. Shareef Al Halawani, Manager of Jebel Ali Racecourse: He was a reference point for racing and a very dear friend
MAY GOD have mercy on our beloved brother, Mohamed Taha, who was one of the most prominent figures in the world of equestrian journalism in the UAE and abroad and he will always be remembered for his hard work and dedication to furthering the cause of equestrian sport.
When we talk about Mohamed Taha, we are talking about the history of horse racing in the United Arab Emirates; we are talking about the most brilliant of books in the realm of equestrian sport.
He was a very dear friend whom I held close to my heart. We had been together from the very early days of racing and for more than twenty years, he was the reference point and the professor.
With his death, we have lost a lot which cannot be compensated. May God have mercy on him and give us the strength to bear his separation.
Mohammed Taha was one of the most prominent figures in the world of equestrian journalism in the UAE and abroad and he will always be remembered for his hardwork and dedication to furthering the cause of equestrian sport.
Gillian Byrne, former Website Manager at Godolphin.com: A gentle soul, a patient teacher
IT IS with a heavy heart I’m writing to pass my sincere condolences for the loss of our great friend, Mohammed Taha.
He was such a great man, when I was starting out as Website Manager for Godolphin he helped me tremendously and taught me about the Arabic side of it, he was a kind and patient teacher. He was always there to help and I have always been very grateful for his kindness.
Mr Taha was such a lovely, gentle soul - he will be severely missed by everyone in racing circles. He knew so much and was so passionate about it. I always delighted in getting the odd email from him to enquire how I was doing after leaving Godolphin and I’m so glad we stayed in touch. I hadn’t reached out to him for the last couple of months and I wish with every inch of my being that I did and now it’s too late. I hope he would know that I always held him in the highest regards and considered him a dear friend.
My heartfelt condolences to his family and his friends and colleagues at Al Adiyat. He has left a huge hole that no one will ever be able to fill, but I’m sure even the mere thought of him brings a smile to everyone who knew him.
Dr Carlo Zuccoli, Italian racing journalist and former Al Adiyat contributor: One of my greatest and closest friends
I WAS devastated on hearing that ‘N.1’ alias Signor Mohammed Taha passed away. For many years he was one of my greatest and closest friends. I had the privilege and the honour to work with him at Al Adiyat and to spend some time with him racing either in Dubai or in Europe.
He was a very fine judge of human beings and of horses, he had a very good sense of humour and he worked very hard all his life. N.1’s death is a big loss for his family, for his friends, for Al Adiyat, for Dubai and for the whole world of racing.
My deepest condolences to his family and to his friends. Rest in peace N. 1. I'm sure that in Heaven you’ll continue to run in Group 1s as you have always done during your too short a life.
Philip Brannan, Director of Public Relations at Newbury Racecourse: A generous supporter and a good friend
I WORKED with Taha on the promotion of the Dubai International Arabian Races at Newbury Racecourse.
Since our very first meeting at Newbury in 2003, Taha has been a generous supporter of mine, a great help to me professionally and a good friend personally. He will be forever in my thoughts. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Ed Marnane, former English Editor of Al Adiyat: He gave me many happy memories
I WAS very sorry to hear of the passing of Mohammed, may he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I enjoyed working with Mohammed during my stint in Al Adiyat. I have many happy memories in Dubai and on our annual trip to Newbury for the Arabian Race Day.