His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, on Saturday attended the First Gulf Endurance Cup at Bahrain International Endurance Village.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, also watched the race.
Sheikh Hamad bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum was crowned champion of the 120 km race.
The First Gulf Endurance Cup was organised under the umbrella of the GCC with the aim of encouraging and developing the GCC joint sports movement.
Present also were Sheikh Nasser bin Hammad al Khalifa, President of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and Chairman of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC), Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF), Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, GCC Secretary-General, Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director-General of Dubai's Protocol Department, Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of Meydan and a number of officials from both, the UAE and Bahrain.
Sheikh Mohammed and King Hamad met riders and exchanged with them cordial talks on the championship, lauding the landmark achievements of GCC riders in all championships.
King Hamad congratulated the winners of the first three places, and expressed sincere thanks to Sheikh Mohammed for attending the championship and encouraging endurance races. He voiced pride in the kingdom’s hosting of championships that brought together GCC youth, praising the achievements of Bahraini and GCC riders in regional, Arab and international sports competitions.
He also paid tribute to Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad for his constant support to the endurance sport, Bahraini riders and BREEF.
Then, Sheikh Nasser crowned the winners of the first GCC Endurance Championship. The UAE team won the first place, while the Bahraini team was the second.