RACING featured prominently in a trade mission headed by Minister of Agriculture, Michael Creed TD, in the United Arab Emirates this week.
The highlight of the trip was a meeting on Wednesday with Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the UAE.
Sheikh Hamdan is also one of the world’s leading owners and breeders. His Derrinstown Stud in Co Kildare has produced a long line of top-class horses, most recently Awtaad.
Minister Creed said: “It was tremendous to have the opportunity to meet with His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, who has been one of the greatest supporters Irish racing has ever had, and it was good to learn that he remains steadfast in his commitment to the industry. He is also a significant backer of the redevelopment of the Curragh racecourse and was very interested to learn about how that project is progressing.”
Dozens of influential Irish people living in the UAE, along with some of the region’s notable owners, trainers and jockeys, attended an event in the nearby Capital Club organised by the Irish Embassy and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.
Those present were addressed by Ambassador Patrick Hennessy followed by Minister Creed.
On Thursday morning, Minister Creed visited local trainer Satish Seemar who trains approximately 100 horses at his Zabeel Stables on the edge of Dubai city.