Dubai Police and Meydan Group have signed a strategic agreement with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 to provide 170 horses for the equestrian competitions.
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Dubai Police and the Meydan Group will supply horses along will all facilities, equipment, medical teams and tools needed.
The horses will be stabled at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Abu Dhabi for the duration of the Special Olympics World Games. Dubai Police and the Meydan Group will handle all transport arrangements for the animals.
The loan of 170 horses means the athletes taking part in the equestrian competition, an essential part of the World Games, will have the opportunity to show their skills on horseback while the animals themselves will receive the best care and attention.
The MoU was signed at the LOC headquarters in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, October 18, in an official ceremony attended by Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Managing Director at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, Mr. Malih Lahij Al Basti, Vice chairman of Meydan City Corporation, Brigadier Exp. Mohammed Essa Al Aadhab, and Director Dubai Mounted Police Dubai Police General H.Q.
“Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 continues to receive valuable support from major businesses and institutions across the Emirates, as demonstrated in the signing of this important MoU,” said Rashed Abdulla, Chief Operating Officer at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
“This new strategic partnership between the LOC, Dubai Police and Meydan Group shows how the UAE community, through its continued engagement with the World Games Abu Dhabi and commitment to establishing a legacy of long-term positive change, fully supports the vision of building a more open and inclusive society for the benefit of all.”
Mohammed Essa Al Aadhab, Director Dubai Mounted Police Dubai Police General H.Q., said: “The UAE’s hosting of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is a quantum leap for the nation’s standing as a leading sporting destination. We look forward to welcoming 7,500 athletes from 176 countries who will compete in 22 Olympic sports, including the equestrian competitions.
“Dubai Police General Command, under the direct instructions of H.E. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, will provide all the needs of the Local Organising Committee for the equestrian competitions at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi.’’
“Dubai Police will provide all of the required equipment training, horses, technical and medical teams as well as referees trained in the management of equestrian events.”
Equestrian competitions were introduced to the Special Olympics in 1987, with the first events held at the 1987 World Summer Games in Indiana, USA, when 38 athletes competed.
At the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, riders will participate in a variety of events, including dressage, gymkhana, and showmanship. Unified equestrian teams will also compete in team relay and drill events.