SHARJAH, Under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, on Saturday, attended the GCC Cup held at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, SERC.
The competition is for horses bred in the Gulf countries and carries prize money worth AED400,000.
Sheikh Abdullah attended the musical performance of the military band before he and the audience witnessed the beauty show of Arabian thoroughbreds.
Thereafter, he crowned the winners of the different furlongs of the GCC Cup and also honoured the winners of the second edition of five-star Sharjah Ruler’s Cup.
Sheikh Abdullah also watched the 1700-metre fifth furlong of the GCC Cup.
The GCC Cup is devoted to horses bred in the Gulf countries, with the aim of enhancing local production of such horses in the region.
The race and honouring ceremony also saw the attendance of Sheikh Abdullah bin Majid Al Qasimi, President of the SERC, Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Fahd bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Essa Hilal Al Hazami, Secretary-General of the Sharjah Sports Council, and a number of horse owners and breeders as well as horse racing fans and enthusiasts.
Source: Emirates News Agency