(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM))
DUBAI, 25th January, 2022 (WAM) -- Dubai Racing Club and Dubai Equestrian Club, the two largest horse racing organisations in the Middle East, have announcedthat the 2nd Dubai Equestrian Procurement Forum will take place from 5th to 6th March, 2022 at the Meydan Grandstand in conjunction with Dubai World Cup Carnival's Super Saturday.
With a focus on 'GCC Forum for All GCC Equestrian Procurement', the two-day exhibition and conference will welcome more than 500 international and regional industry suppliers, buyers, producers, horse owners, breeders, industry professionals and technology partners as well as experts and racing clubs from the Middle East and beyond.
Opportunities emerging from future projects in the sector worth US$400 million will be on top of the Forum's agenda. The event, to be attended by more than 250 stables, 350 buyers and 75 suppliers, will feature series of panel discussions and presentations on industry issues and opportunities. Participants will also have the opportunity to win more than 250 giveaways and prizes.
Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook, Chairman of Dubai Racing Club, stressed the importance of the event in providing a platform for various stakeholders, including suppliers, sellers, buyers, importers, industry experts and racing clubs, to explore the massive opportunities for the industry's growth. The two-day event will also allow experts to help identify challenges that stand in the way of the multi-billion-dollar industry, he said.
Dubai Racing Club recently announced an enhanced racing calendar for the 2021/22 season, which will now include a four-race 'Jumeirah Series' on turf launched for the Classic generation, in addition to an exciting new race for Super Saturday. The addition of new races increases the total prize money for the racing season to over US$40 million.
'The introduction of new races within the framework of the Dubai World Cup Carnival is part of the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to continually improve Dubai's equestrian offering and also to support racing both within the UAE and overseas,' Sheikh Rashid said.
The Dubai World Cup Carnival, which began on 13th January at the Meydan Racecourse, the largest horse-racing hub in the Middle East, features several new races for 2022. The popular Super Saturday card, scheduled for 5th March will welcome the addition of a new race in the form of the US$300,000 Ras Al Khor over 1,400 meters on turf.
Following the success of the first edition, the 2nd Dubai Equestrian Procurement Forum is likely to see a number of announcements being made that will boost the industry. The region's only equine industry exhibition that brings all stakeholders under one roof, will strengthen the coordination among all players that will help the multi-billion-dollar equine industry grow.
International and regional exhibitors will be showcasing their latest technologies and innovations for the equine industry including feed and nutritional products, flooring & bedding products, veterinary products and services, apparel, stable technologies and many more.
Welcoming the industry stakeholders to the 2nd Dubai Equestrian Procurement Forum, Major General Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, Board Member and General Manager of Dubai Equestrian Club and Dubai Racing Club, said, 'The main objective of hosting this event is to meet with various equestrian suppliers and procure products for our upcoming seasons. As such, I strongly encourage all the regional and international suppliers to showcase their offerings at this exclusive gathering of equestrian professionals from across the GCC.'
Noel Greenway, Managing Partner, Great Minds Event Management, said, 'The high level of success of the 1st Dubai Equestrian Procurement Forum, inaugurated by Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook, Chairman of Dubai Racing Club, in October 2021 has encouraged us to plan the second edition within six months. This underlines the vibrancy of the equine industry in the Middle East and its resilience amid the pandemic.'
'Organising the second edition in quick succession demonstrates our strong commitment to the region's equine industry and the market opportunity for all suppliers. The 2nd Dubai Equestrian Procurement Forum will build upon the first-edition and we will see greater international and regional participation for the two-day event.'
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