Showjumping has been added to the programme of the third annual Arab Women Sports Tournament for the first time, with the event hosting sportswomen from 15 countries.
The tournament gets under way on February 2 with the opening ceremony at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, and showjumping is the first competition on the programme.
Athletes from Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine, Somalia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Iraq, Tunis, Morocco, and Sudan, will join the host country, the United Arab Emirates, for the tournament, which runs until February 12 in Sharjah.
As well as showjumping, the tournament also hosts basketball, volleyball, table tennis, fencing, archery, shooting and athletics. The tournament will also host first Female Sports Journalists Forum, which will take place on February 4 at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre.
A record number of participants are expected at the tournament this year. Last year there were more than 900 athletes taking part.
The tournament was developed by Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah.