A new book by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Media Office and Information Centre director Tawfiq Hassan Al Salehi documents Bahrain’s and its rulers’ interest and care for the Arabian horses, endurance races and equestrian sports which are considered an integral part of the kingdom’s history.
The book, A’adiyat Al Bahrain, will be released in Janury next year.
Commenting on his book, Al Salehi said, “The idea of authoring this book stems from the importance of documenting the horse’s history in Bahrain and how the kingdom’s care for it has developed over the years. Bahrain has preserved Arabian horses given the fact they are part of its long-standing history.
“The book will feature the interest and care of Bahrain’s rulers for horses and equestrian sport until the era of His Majesty King Hamad as well as the keen interest of the King’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and Supreme Council for Youth and Sport chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa in horses in addition to the launch of Bahrain’s first endurance race.”
He added, “The book will contain many facts, documents, photos and certificates that confirm Bahrain’s interest in horses and its clear efforts towards developing them in addition to the leading breeds in the kingdom as well as the administrative and technical systems that have contributed to the launch of equestrian and endurance races.”
He described the book as a historical reference for the history of horses in Bahrain, stating that it will reveal the identities of those who enriched and influenced the development of the equestrian sport in the kingdom.
Al Salehi said that the book sheds light on the true history of horses in Bahrain. The book, he said, will highlight the relationship between Bahrain and horse, adding that Bahrain has been at the forefront of countries that own pure-bred Arabian horses.
“The book will have many important topics, including horse origin and the Royal interest in breeding them as well as the main Royal directives in this field,” he said.