Al Shaqab Revives the Equestrian Heritage at Darb Al Saai
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Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation, announces its participation in the events and activities related to equestrianism at the Darb Al Saai permanent venue in Umm Salal to highlight the importance of purebred Arabian horses and the significance of equestrianism in the State of Qatar from December 10 to 18.
Al Shaqab is keen to celebrate National Day every year at Darb al Saai, where heritage and traditions come together in one place. Al Shaqab's events usually attract audiences of all ages, prompting parents and school supervisors organizing trips for their students to visit Al Shaqab to give children the opportunity to ride horses. The event aims to provide a close-up introduction to Qatari heritage, particularly concerning Arabian horses and their various ancient uses. This is done to instill a love for horses, encourage horseback riding for children, and promote the heritage aspect of horse riding, which is an integral part of Qatari heritage.
This year, Al Shaqab is participating in pony riding activities, which children notably adore. Alongside heritage shows and parades presented by the riders of Equine Education Academy at Al Shaqab. Mohammed Al Khayarin, Manager of Equine Education Department at Al Shaqab commented, "National Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate our country's achievements so far. It is also an occasion to revive Qatar's rich heritage with Arabian horses, which we aim to achieve through our participation in Darb al Saai. We offer diverse activities designed to instill a love for horses among the younger generations, considering it an integral part of our ancestors' heritage.”
Through its annual participation in Darb al Saai, Al Shaqab aims to engage with the community, raise awareness, and educate about everything related to the field of horses and the sports associated with them. Horses represent a sport that has been passed down through generations, connecting the present with the traditions of fathers and forefathers.
The events of Darb al Saai, encompassing the way of life in the past, contribute to portraying a vivid image of historical atmospheres. They take visitors on a journey through history, allowing them to witness the lifestyle of ancestors. The goal is to preserve heritage and enhance values of loyalty and belonging to the homeland.
Al Shaqab – A World-Class Facility
Since its establishment in 1992, Al Shaqab’s vision has been to build on Qatar’s Arabian horse heritage and be a leading global center for equine professionals, while providing an engaging experience for the community. Global leadership has not only meant preserving, improving, and promoting the Arabian horse breed, but also encouraging the community in this unique, traditional cultural sport.
Today, Al Shaqab’s impressive facilities, which are distinctively designed in the shape of a horseshoe, cover 980,000 square meters. With a state-of-the-art Main Arena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5,000 spectators, Al Shaqab is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage that showcases its ability to host major international sports event at the highest level.
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