Abdullah Amer (Abu Dhabi)
Yesterday, Monday, in the capital of camel fields in Al Wathba in the capital, Abu Dhabi, the activities of the annual closing festival for the purebred Arabian camel races “The Final of Al Wathba 2022”, held under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, and the orders of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and the succession of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and continues until May 14, with the participation of thousands of camels from the sons of the state and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Adviser to the State President and President of the Camel Racing Federation, saw the heritage racing competitions on the first day of the festival in the presence of a large gathering of camel owners, lovers and enthusiasts.
The heritage evening was held for the third consecutive year as part of the “Finalizing Al Wathba” festival, to preserve the heritage identity of camel sport, more than 10 runs for the age group of 15 to 20 years, in the evening period in the southern camel square in Al Wathba.
The competitions were strong, and saw a great deal of struggle from the contestants as it grabbed the spotlight on the first day of the final festival of the current year, and Issa Nasser Saif Al-Ghafli led the first runs of the heritage race , and the “Mizal” mountain, and wins the “Namous”, after completing the long half distance.3 km in a time of 3: 13: 3 minutes, and in the second half Ahmed Hamad Salim Al-Amri grabbed first place with the “cautious” ride, with a time of 3:09:09 minutes, while Saeed Rashid Al-Awadi Al-Khatiri was on a date with the third half law with The ride is “Mafraj” with a time of 3:11: 09 minutes. Ahmed Rashid Saeed Al-Mansoori snatched the fourth-round title with the “worker” after crossing the finish line in a time of 3:05:00, while the fifth-round title went to Matar Muhammad Suhail Al-Hamiri went with the row “Hamloul” in a time of 3:09:00, while Obaid Salem Omair Al-Rashidi won the sixth match in the leadership of “Halafa” with a time of 3:09:05 minutes, while the seventh match was won by Rashid Salem in Al-Dabai’a with the “Saffron” ride, with a time of 3:10:07 minutes.
In the eighth period, Sultan Salem Al Shamsi managed to achieve the first place in the leadership of “Qanaan”, with a time of 3:08:05 minutes, while Abdullah Ahmed Al Falasi broke the law of the ninth period with the ride crowned. Dubai “with a time of 3:14:03 minutes, while The races of the heritage race ended with the tenth race, which was crowned by Salem Ali Al Shaibani Al Ketbi with the” Shaheen “mountain and a time of 3 : 06.
The winners of the heritage races received cash prizes of 100,000 dirhams for the first place holder, while the winners of the rest of the places received from the second to the tenth valuable cash prizes.
70 steps in the “facts” today
Today, the main runs of the festival begin with the Age of Truth competitions, for which the organizing committee awarded 70 runs over two days. Today, 28 runs are held, for a distance of 4 km, including 18 runs in the morning period, and 10 runs in the evening period, during which the winners receive financial prizes. The value starts from 120 thousand dirhams, while the mounts will compete tomorrow “Wednesday” for 4 symbols in the rounds, where the winners will receive the law and financial prizes, amounting to one and a half million and one million dirhams respectively.
Faraj Al Dhaheri: Four Decades of Success and Excellence
Faraj bin Hamouda Al Dhaheri values the protection of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, and the precepts of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander-in-Chief attached. the Army, for the last annual camel festival in Al Wathba.
Al Dhaheri congratulated the wise leadership on the blessed Eid al-Fitr and wished it and the people of the Emirates would be blessed.
He said: The festival has remained the largest field for camel racing, and for more than four decades of success and excellence, in the spirit of competition with the elite of the camel in all its runs, and with its valuable prizes and precious symbols, which is the great gate to embrace glory.
He added: Every year everyone waits for the festival date, to follow the races that are always full of vitality and strong competition in the capital of Al-Mayadin.To present a competition full of love for heritage.
Al Dhaheri pointed out that participation in “Al Wathba 2022” holds optimism and great ambition for the honor of winning and being crowned, and for following up on the details of the festival and contributing to the success of the big event .
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Saeed Ghassab Al Ameri said the Al Wathba Festival is a high-level heritage epic, with its quality racing and high prices. The wise leadership is eager to strengthen its position with its unlimited support and to meet all the requirements for success, and congratulates the wise leadership on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.
He added: The succession of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to the festival and its races, represents an additional incentive for all to do their best to contribute to the success of the event.
He added: We are fortunate that the festival enjoys sublime patronage, making Al Wathba Squares a heritage fortress that pulses with tradition, embraces the prosperous present and provides a better future, in the spirit of the heritage our grandparents and fathers to our area. which we must cling to, distribute, and pass on to generations.
He explained, “The Al Wathba Festival is the mainstay of camel racing, not just in the country but in the region, as the beginning of the laws and foundations of racing was laid in Al Wathba, and they have been updated to keep pace. to keep up with the changes, which brought about a qualitative leap in the competition between camels in all categories, which was positively reflected. On the importance of the owners, the increase in the number of camels, and the diversity of competitions. “
Saleh Al-Amiri: “A unique icon” reinforces the legacy
Saleh bin Nasra Al Ameri confirmed that the wise leadership’s interest and support for the Al Wathba Final Festival made the event a unique icon in the world of camel racing in the UAE and the region, which contributed to the strengthening of the racing legacy which was laid down by the late. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and is followed by the wise leadership. , to preserve it.
Al-Amiri congratulated the wise leadership on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr and wished that God would bring him back to the Emirates with abundant goods.
He said: The succession of His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Adviser to His Highness the President of the State, President of the Camel Racing Federation, and the facilities he provides to the participants, and his constant presence during the events , has transformed the festival into a huge heritage carnival designed for camel racing enthusiasts in the country and the Gulf region, raising the level of competition, and making the festival top of the scene every year through the leading media attention it receives .
He added: Participating in the completion of the jump is a major goal we try to achieve in the best way every year, and with careful arrangements to get the mounts fully ready to take part in the races to win the honor. to be crowned, and we hope to be on time with achievement and the harvest of the law.
Ali Al Ketbi: The festival makes “Eid two festivals”
Ali bin Rashid Al Ketbi congratulated the wise leadership on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, wishing it would return there, and to the people of the Emirates with all the best, noting that the camel people are celebrating two holidays this year , the blessed Eid Al-Fitr, and the end of the leap, which is their Eid which they celebrate for more than four decades every year.
He said: Al Wathba festival is an event dear to all who carry goodness, and that it represents a unique celebration of heritage to preserve it, pass it on to generations and participate in its races is important and necessary to contribute to the success of the event.
He added: The attention and support provided by the wise leadership at the conclusion of the jump has made the festival one of the most important camel racing fields in the country and the Gulf region, as participants find an ideal atmosphere for competition, valuable prizes, and stimulating initiatives, including prizes and production runs, and the festival has become the mainstay for camel owners, supporting their future aspirations.
He pointed out that Al Wathba hosts many festivals and races, and the Camel Racing Federation, led by His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Adviser to His Highness the President of the UAE, excels in organizing it.