His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai attended the Italian Endurance Race at Ancona at which the Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum clinched the title for the second year in a row.
With riders from 13 countries taking part in the event, Emirati riders dominated all four stages of the 120-km race and won the first three places.
Sheikh Hamdan finished first with a time of 05:20.53 hours followed by Sheikh Hasher bin Mohammed Thani Al Maktoum (05:20.54 hours) and Ghanem Al Oaisi shared the third place with Abdullah Al Marri (05:20.55 hours).
In a statement to the Government of Dubai Media Office, Sheikh Hamdan praised the excellent preparation of Emirati riders and their efforts in securing the golden title for the UAE in which His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum led Emirati riders to claim the FEI World Endurance Championship in Euston Park, Britain in 2010.
Sheikh Hamdan noted the high level of preparedness of Emirati riders in their preparations for the World Endurance Cup as part of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014 next August.
He added that UAE has gained reputable status in the field of endurance horse racing all over the world.
Meydan Chairman and CEO Saeed Humaid Al Tayer congratulated the Emirati team headed by the Crown Prince of Dubai for a well-earned victory.
Concluding the race, Sheikh Hamdan and his teammates were presented with trophies amid applause and cheers from audience.
Also attending the race were, Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Director of Dubai Ruler's Office Lt General Musabbah Rashid Al Fattan, UAE Ambassador to Italy Abdulaziz Naser Al Shamsi, Dubai Director of Protocol and Hospitality Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Meydan Chairman and CEO Saeed Humaid Al Tayer and a number of officials and endurance race enthusiasts.
Mohammed honours President of the Region of Marche, Italy
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai honoured President of the Region of Marche Gian Mario Spacca on the sidelines of the UAE-Italian Economic Forum held at the Province of Ancona, Italy.
The honouring is in appreciation for Gian Mario Spacca’s role in encouraging partnership between Italian and UAE-based companies and supporting investment projects in both countries.
During the ceremony, Sheikh Mohammed said that Italy constitutes an important trade partner for the UAE. His Highness also praised the exceptional ties between the two countries.
Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also honoured Spacca with an honorary gift from Meydan for his role in supporting horse race events.
The UAE delegation to the UAE-Italian Economic Forum, held 12-15 June, includes Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, heads of UAE federal entities, representatives from the private sector, investors and businessmen.