United Arab Emirates


Member Report from United Arab Emirates


Dr. Abdelwahab Amira, United Arab Emirates: In the name of God most gracious, most merciful, peace be upon Prophet Mohammed. Your Royal Highness, your Excellencies, Mr. Chairman, Members of the Executive Committee, Ladies and Gentlemen. The number of Arabian horses in United Arab Emirates is increasing year by year. When we started our first stud book in 1990 we recorded 313 horses, nowadays we have 16,351 horses. Parentage verification and microchips are obligatory before registration. As for the number of foals this year, up to today we registered 895 foals. On the number of exports and imports, over the last three years we registered 817 imports and 855 exports. Our current stud book is in PDF format and is volume 34.

Regarding the purposes for which purebred Arabian horses are used, our racing is organised by the Emirates Racing Authority and there were 181 races. For show horses, organised by the Emirates Arabian Horse Society, we had 10 shows with 3 International shows. Endurance is organised by the Equestrian Federation of UAE, with 80 competitions.

To conclude, I would like to thank His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Highness Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa and the organisers of this Conference for their hospitality.  Thank you.


Mr. Essam Abdulla, United Arab Emirates: My name is Essam Abdulla, I am the General Director of the Emirates Arabian Horse Society. My colleague is Dr. Abdelwahab Amira.

Our Society has to date registered 14,000 Arabian horses from 35 countries of origin of WAHO. We have local-breds in the total of 9,500 horses and we have approximately 700 foals per year. Our exports are around 200 horses per year, and we have imports of 150 per year. We register horses strictly with compulsory markings, microchipping and DNA using certain laboratories in Germany, UK and Poland.

We have activities for Arab horses which are very, very important to the equine industry in the United Arab Emirates. We are very proud to have the best activities, we have races, we have shows, we have endurance, we have some ridden classes, we have international activities that support and promote Arab horses. We would also like to have other ridden activities in future for the remaining horses, we are trying to produce some activities in between racing and riding. Thank you very much.


My name is Essam Abdullah, from the United Arab Emirates, my colleague is Dr. Abdelwahab Amira. I would like to thank you, Mr. President, for your opening speech, which has laid out some of this Conference’s agenda.

I would like to introduce our Society, the Emirates Arabian Horse Society, which was founded in 1986, we have up to now printed 26 volumes of our studbook. We have almost 11,000 Arabian horses, we have almost over 2,000 breeders. We have activities for those horses in the Emirates which our Society supports a lot and organizes a few of them. We have 8 shows, 4 international and 4 national. We have 52 endurance rides and we have almost 111 races.

Our Society, besides the activity of maintaining the studbook, concentrates on a programme of breedings with our breeders and owners of the Arabian horse, we have traditionally opened for them all scientific ways to improve and maintain a better breeding of Arabian horses. We happily use those scientific methods and it is very crucial for us to use them. We have invested in them and we hope that WAHO maintains the liberty of breeders to use those scientific things, including embryo transfer. Thank you.


I am Dr. Abdelwahab Amira, Registrar for the Emirates Arabian Horse Society. My co-delegate is Mr. Essam Abdulla, Director General of the Society.

Our latest stud book is Volume 20. A total of 8,600 horses are already registered up to now, we register about 500 foals each year. They have to be DNA parentage verified and microchipped before registration. Regarding imports and exports, in the past 2 years we have seen about 200 importations and about 200 exportations. Our Arabian horses are used for a variety of different purposes, such as showing, racing and endurance. We allow both Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer, the use of imported and exported semen, and multiple foals per mare per year by Embryo Transfer. Thank you.

REPORT MADE AT 2007 WAHO CONFERENCE: The number of Arabian horses in the United Arab Emirates has increased greatly since the creation of the Emirates Arabian Horse Society. Our first stud book was published in 1990, including 313 horses. Today, 7,400 horses have been registered up to April 2007. The number of owners and breeders is growing year by year, to exceed 600.

A database is maintained for registrations. Our current stud book is Volume 17, volume 18 is in its final stages of preparation. All foals must be parent verified by DNA and micro-chipped before registration. 476 foals were registered in 2006. Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer are allowed. Import and export procedures are in compliance with WAHO rules. 236 horses were imported in 2006, and 186 were exported.

Many different pedigrees exist in UAE, these horses are used for breeding, showing, racing and long distance riding. In 2006 we had 158 races, 29 endurance events and 6 horse shows.

In 2007, the United Arab Emirates registered 615 foals, showing a marked increase since 2006. 319 horses were exported, and 231 were imported. There are 7 Arabian Shows planned in 2008, as well as 136 races and 58 endurance rides.

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