Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre’s Qatar National Day activities, part of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development’s (QF) tent at Darb El Saai, are enabling visitors to explore the world of horses, and helping to honour a tradition that is deeply rooted in Qatari heritage.
Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation, is giving special riding lessons, as well as horse healthcare tips, outside the QF tent. Providing an engaging experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds, the activities are aligned with QF’s mission to encourage community development, enhancing cultural life and preserving the country’s traditions.
Manager of Outreach & Communication at Al Shaqab, Fahad Abdulla Al Hajri, commented on the win, saying:
This is a fantastic achievement and adds to an already impressive list of local and international awards that Al Shaqab has won. This accomplishment is particularly significant as, being part of the Qatar National Day activities, it inspires great national pride. National Day is an opportunity to celebrate Qatar’s achievements, as well as a chance to remember the past and preserve the heritage of Arabian horses in Qatar. Operating under Qatar Foundation’s Darb El-Saai activities, Al Shaqab is continuing to offer a range of fun and exciting exercises this week, designed to instil a love of horses among younger generations, which is an integral part of Qatar’s culture.’
Furthermore, as part of Al Shaqab’s celebrations, the centre competed in the annual National Day Cup, taking home a number of honours in the endurance category. Director of Al Shaqab, Fahad Saad Al Qahtani, was delighted the centre participated in the National Day Cup, confirming the excellence of the Al Shaqab team in addition to QF’s interest in sports and participating in community activities to further connect people with the events in the country. Al Qahtani said:
We have been concentrating on refining Al Shaqab’s distinction in Endurance racing for some time, especially under the immense support of HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani, Al Shaqab Chairperson. This result has made us exceptionally happy, and ensures that Al Shaqab will be leading local endurance races. This win comes from the dedication and skill of the jockeys and horses, with Al Shaqab representing the perfect atmosphere for them to achieve success.’
Jockey Faleh Bughenaim came first in the adult category. Racing 120 km on his horse ‘Halte A Tout’, Faleh was led to victory by the team’s manager and trainer Hadi Al Ramzani. Hassan Tahous Al Nuaimi came fifth in the same race, while Mohammed Bughenaim placed second in the 100 km race. Meanwhile, thousands of students from across Qatar have been visiting QF’s tent at Darb El Saai for the on-going National Day 2014 celebrations and taking inspiration for future career opportunities.
In support of the Qatar National Vision 2030, the activities have been specially designed to engage the community with QF’s work and activities. The events help introduce young people and the general public to QF’s many initiatives and achievements that support the nation in building a knowledge-based economy by unlocking human potential.
Youngsters took part in numerous fun and educational activities based around QF’s three pillars of Education, Research and Community Development. Some of the activities offered included a reading corner to promote an interest in literature, and professional development activities encouraging students to choose career paths aligned with their interests.
Since the opening of QF’s tent in Darb El Saai on 8 December 2014, QF Radio has been encouraging participating students to build their confidence by giving them the opportunity to take the lead and be reporters for the day – and consider broadcasting as a future career.
The tent will be open throughout the Qatar National Day celebrations which, this year, are taking place from 8 to 20 December 2014. Open to families, activities include healthy living exercises, children’s interactive play area and colouring station.