His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum attended the 17th edition of the international endurance race  on His Majesty the King’s Cup.

The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) organized the 160-kilometre-long race, which is sponsored by the Gulf Finance House (GFH). Riders from the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates took part.

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum were received by HM the King’s Representative for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Council (SCYS) Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) President and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) Honorary Chairman His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, a number of BREEF board members.

HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa briefed HM His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum about the race the riders.

HM the King met UAE Ambassador to Manama Shaikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, commending string bilateral relations binding the the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The sponsors of the race also greeted HM the King.

HM the King congratulated the winning riders on their impressive performance, stressing the importance of such events in enhance their readiness to compete in regional and international championships.

He commended the successful efforts exerted by HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa to develop the endurance sport, being one of the most authentic Arab sports, and encourage Bahraini youth.

He  expressed deepest thanks to His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, for his visit, commending the participation of the Emirati riders, which reflects deep-rooted fraternal relations binding the two fraternal countries and peoples.

HH  Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum also expressed deepest thanks to HM the King for the warm welcome and hospitality, commending the role and efforts exerted by HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.

HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa then  honoured three winners Royal Team’s Victorious rider Celestia Garcia, UAE M7 Stable rider Salem Al-Kutbi and Victorious stable rider Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa.