Title Show Dates for Katara International Arabian Horse Festival Amended
The overwhelming participation of horses warrants revision in the schedule
The Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF), held under the patronage of the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, presented by Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, has received tremendous response from horse owners and breeders. More than 300 purebred Arabians have registered for the Title Show, the highpoint of the Festival. Of these, more than 200 horses have met the stipulated requirements and will hence participate in the prestigious Show. These figures will rise further, as registrations will be made open for horses qualifying in the upcoming 23rd Qatar National Arabian Horse Show, from 22–26 January. The overwhelming participation necessitates that the Title Show dates are amended to ensure optimum conditions of competition. The Show will now be a four-day event, instead of three as previously announced. While the Festival dates remain unchanged from 2–6 February, the Title Show is scheduled from 3–6 February.
The Organising Committee of KIAHF is also gearing up to conduct an auction show on 29 January. The auction will feature only those purebred Arabians that have already qualified for participation in the Title Show. It will be conducted at Katara’s beautiful esplanade.
His Excellency Prof. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, said: “We are pleased with the remarkable response we have received from horse owners and breeders. Registrations have been received from the Middle East and Europe, including Belgium, Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar.
“The Auction is being held as a pre-event to the festival and will offer horse owners an occasion to invest in fine purebred Arabians. It will also present them with the opportunity to be part of the Title Show if they have not registered already. Through the festival, we endeavor to boost the confidence and pride of owners and breeders by presenting them with opportunities to participate in prestigious Arabian horse shows and associated events.”
His Excellency Prod. Khaled bin Ibrahim AlSulaiti
Qatar has earned a place of global distinction in conducting such shows of repute. The nation has previously hosted 29 international shows and championships for purebred Arabians. This is the first time the premier show is being hosted at Cultural Village Foundation, Katara. The Title Show has some distinct features: it is the first event of its kind being held by the waterfront, and the total prize money of QAR 13,000,000 is one the highest awarded for such an event.
In addition to the Title Show of exquisite Arabians, the five-day festival will include various educational and entertainment activities for equine enthusiasts and the public.
Cultural Village Foundation, Katara
Cultural Village Foundation is an exceptional project of hope for human interaction through art and cultural exchange – a project made possible thanks to the inspired vision, faith, and wise leadership of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of the State of Qatar.
Keeping pace with the emerging global culture that emphasizes the importance of diversity in human development, Katara Cultural Village is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar. It is a place where people come together to experience the cultures of the world. With beautiful theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries, and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a world leader for multi-cultural activities.
In line with the goals set forward by the Qatar National Vision 2030, Katara serves as a guardian to the heritage and traditions of Qatar and endeavors to spread awareness about the importance of every culture and civilization and as such, Katara hosts international, regional, and local festivals, workshops, performances, and exhibitions.
The Idea of Katara
Katara was born out of a long-held vision to position the State of Qatar as a cultural beacon, a lighthouse of art, radiating in the Middle East through theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions, and exhibitions.
This village shall offer a glimpse of the future of a world where people of different cultural backgrounds overcome their national boundaries and embrace common causes to promote a united humanity.
Katara is where the grace of the past meets the splendour of the future.