DGDA, King Abdulaziz Arabian Horses Center Sign MoU on Arabian, Local Thoroughbreds
30 Nov 2021
The Diriyah Gate Development Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with the King Abdulaziz Arabian Horses Center.
The MoU aims to enhance research on Arabian and pure Saudi thoroughbreds.
The MoU was signed at the DGDA’s headquarters in the namesake city by Abdulaziz bin Saud Al-Muqbil, Director of the Center, and Faisal Faruqi, Chief Operating Officer of the DGDA.
According to the MoU, the two sides will coordinate research on the conception, development and implementation of various projects and initiatives, exploring, attracting, organizing, and hosting national and international Arabian horse shows championships and providing support for educational courses on Arabian thoroughbreds, and exchanging expertise, information, data, publications, resources, and knowledge.
Expressing his delight with having signed the MoU, Faruqi said that the MoU is in line with the DGDA’s aims and objectives of actively highlighting the cultural depth of the Kingdom and its economic advancement. The Arabian horse, he stressed, is a symbol and icon of the Arabian identity in general and the Saudi identity in particular.
Faruqi went on to say that the DGDA’s agreements with different institutions are a testament to its commitment to the support of sectors that help it make a positive cultural and developmental impact and deliver on its promise.
Al-Muqbil, the Center’s Director, was equally happy that the MoU is now set to bring about collaboration between the two sides, which would eventually result in achieving their mutual objectives.
Al-Muqbil said that the Center is keen to create new relationships and find more and better ways to collaborate with other institutions.
He pointed out that the national equestrian sector enjoys great support from the leadership thanks to the popularity of the equine and its connection with Saudi culture and heritage. He praised the DGDA for its cultural role and contributions to development.
Diriyah is the birthplace of the First Saudi State. When completed, the Diriyah Gate Development Project will present a slew of cultural, recreational, commercial, hospitality, business, and residential offerings, including 38 upscale hotels and a variety of museums and cultural institutions, along with a bustling retail experience that blends in nicely with the Bujairi Terrace.
King Abdulaziz Arabian Horses Center is the official entity for registering purebred horses and documenting their ancestry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Center is also responsible for the welfare of the Kingdom’s Arabian horses and supervising their participation in equestrian sports activities and shows in the public and private sectors. The Center is a member of the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO), responsible for registering horses worldwide, and the European Conference of Arab Horse Organizations (ECAHO), which organizes horse beauty shows, competitions, and Arabian Horse laws worldwide. In addition, the Center follows international regulations related to the welfare, registration, and movement of Arabian horses and coordinates with international Arabian horse registration bodies worldwide to facilitate export and import documentation and information exchange.