UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will lead the UAE team at today’s Longines FEI World Endurance Championships at Euston Park in Suffolk, UK, where a total of 152 riders from 38 countries from all over the world are participating.
The UAE team includes Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum, Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad Belqazi and Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri.
The 160-km route comprises of six loops between 20km and 38km, five of which take riders on different routes around the Suffolk countryside covering heathland, forest tracks, river meadows and open farmland.
Yesterday, Sheikh Mohammed attended the grand opening of the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2012 where Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum carried the UAE flag at the parades of the participating countries.
Sheikh Mohammed heads a strong UAE defence of the world team title, bidding for a third successive win, following victories in Malaysia in 2009 and Kentucky, US, in 2010.
The competition features participants from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Algeria and Lebanon. Alongside title sponsor Longines, two Dubai industry giants, Meydan and Emaar Properties, are additional supporters of the championships.