United Arab Emirates


Member Report from United Arab Emirates


Mr. Essam Abdulla, United Arab Emirates: Hello everybody. I have a brief introduction about UAE and what we have in UAE as a Registry, because if I started talking about UAE and everything we do and are doing, I cannot find the time.  So I will talk only about registration.

Mr. President, Members of the Executive Committee, ladies and gentlemen, my name is Dr. Abdelwahab Amira, Registrar of the Emirates Arabian Horse Society.  On behalf of Mr. Essam Abdulla, Director General, and the Board of the Emirates Arabian Horse Society I would like to take the opportunity to thank our Australian hosts for this WAHO Conference.

The number of Arabian horses in the United Arab Emirates is increasing year by year. The first stud book had 315 registered horses, until 2018 we have 19,045 horses registered. We have around 1,000 local born by year, they must be parentage verified and microchipped before a free of charge registration. Following WAHO rules and regulations, artificial insemination and embryo transfer are permitted with no restriction on the number of embryo transfer foals and post mortem period of the stallion.  The Emirates Horse Society maintains a database to control the transit and registration of horses. Horses with missing documents are entered in a data pending section, for local or for imported horses. The current stud book is volume 48 and in each volume we include 400 horses. About 300 horses are imported per year, exports are around 150. Most imported horses came from the United States, in total around 1,400, then from France 1,800, from UK 841 and from the other 39 countries we have horses from 49 different origins. In this total of 19,045 registered horses that I gave to you, we have around 66% local born, so all that are coming as imports are breeding horses or competition horses.

In the UAE Arabian horse activities include breeding, showing, racing and long-distance riding.  We have around 150 races, more than 30 endurance competitions and 10 show competitions per year.  The UAE, by taking part in many international competitions and events, and by sponsoring many countries in their different Arabian horse competitions and events, create a considerable contribution to the breed and support the purity and evolution of the Arabian horse around the world. Thank you all.


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.

Trophy Winners

D’KHAILAN 2022 WAHO Trophy Winner – United Arab Emirates

D’KHAILAN Black stallion, 2020. (Royal Colours / D Afaf)
Breeder & Owner: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud


D’Khailan was awarded the 2022 WAHO Trophy for his success in the show ring. He achieved the best total score in ECAHO shows in 2021 in the United Arab Emirates.

MAHABB 2021 WAHO Trophy Winner – United Arab Emirates

MAHABB  Chestnut stallion, 2001. (Tahar De Candelon / Joyzell)
Breeder: H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultab Al Nahayyan.
Owner: H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayyan

Mahabb was awarded the WAHO Trophy in 2021 in light of his achievement as best breeding stallion in 2020.