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UAE horse owners spend up large on their animals

November 23, 2010

Horse owners in the United Arab Emirates each spend an average of 120,000 UAE Dirhams - that's $NZ42,358 or $US32,654, on equestrian gear, agistment and treatment per year, it has been revealed.

Endurance has a huge following in the UAE. Ahmed Mohammed Al Maktoum is pictured winning the endurance championship at the World Equestrian Games in Spain in 2002. © Kit Houghton
The figure has been revealed in the lead-up to the International Equine Trade Fair, will open on November 29 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

About 200 companies from more than 20 countries will take part.

Saif Sultan Al Awani, a UAE-based equine industry expert and owner of Al Awani General Trading and Gulf Rider companies, said: "The average annual individual expenditure on equine equipment in the UAE is AED120,000, which includes the sheltering and treatment of horses.

"The UAE tops the list of Gulf Co-operation Council countrees when it comes to the equine industry due to the many world-class races held, including endurance, flat races and show jumping.

"Also, there are a variety of private and public clubs in the UAE."

Al Awani General enterprises, established in 1973, supplies equestrian products ranging from horse feeds, supplements, medical products and fodder and bedding.

Al Awani said the UAE imported equine products from countries such Germany, Britain, France, Australia and the United States.

The three-day Al Fares fair is being run for the eighth time.

Satish Khanna
Satish Khanna, the General Manager of Al Fajer Information and Services which is organising the fair, said a "significant number of global players" from the equine trade were participating.

"The strong participation of the UAE-based firms also affirms the fact that the country plays a significant role in the enhancement of the regional market for equestrian products. The participation also comes in the context of Dubai being a globally acknowledged hub of the equestrian sports along with a strong reputation for the breeding of thoroughbreds, trade and infrastructure development," he said.



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