The first Katara international Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF) started on an impressive note this week, inaugurated by Katara General Manager and Chairman of the Organising Committee, HE Dr Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti.  

Aside from the horses, visitors can also look forward to enjoying the several equine-related art exhibitions put up by individuals and organisations at the festival venue. Qatar-based auction house Al Aseel is exhibiting various equine-related works of art created by international artists.

HE Dr Al Sulaiti also very recently inaugurated an exhibition organised by the Polish Embassy titled, ‘Manuscript Concerning the Horses of the Orient and Those Originating from Oriental Breeds’. The exhibition provides interesting equine-related contributions by Polish traveller Wactaw Seweryn Rzewuski.

The festival, which is scheduled until 6 February, is organised in partnership with Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and Qatar Equestrian Federation. The Title Show, the main event of the festival, is scheduled starting this Wednesday, until the last day of the festival.


Promoting the Arabian purebred

According to HE Dr Al Sulaiti, their vision for the festival is to promote Qatar, a pioneer in breeding purebred Arabians, as a world-class hub for horses and equestrian sports. The festival aims to promote the standing of the unique purebred Arabian breed locally, regionally and internationally.

The nation has previously hosted 29 international shows and championships for purebred Arabians. This is the first time that the premier show is being hosted at Katara Cultural Village. The festival has attracted international interest and global participation from horse owners and breeders. The Title Show boasts a total cash prize of QAR13 million.

The ‘Legend’ award, with a cash prize of QAR3 million, will be awarded to the horse that wins the championship three times. The qualifying rounds will be held from 3 to 5 February, while the championship round will be held on Saturday, 6 February.

In order to ensure the safety of everyone, please note that visitors are required to follow the COVID-19 protocols. A grand closing ceremony is to be held after the final round of the championships on Saturday. For updates and more details, visit

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