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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Located at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates is the culmination of seven sheikhdoms. Outside iconic Dubai, with its luxury palm-shaped islands and towering skyscrapers, discover a diverse array of six more Emirates to explore on horseback, each offering its own unique allure. UAE luxurious capital, Abu Dhabi, is a hub for recreational activities. From indoor and outdoor training areas, floodlit polo fields and world class stable facilities, to sandy beach rides, activities and lessons, Abu Dhabi’s equestrian offerings can be tailored to meet every guest’s need.

For experienced riders looking for challenging trails, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has fantastic possibilities, from stunning day hacks to week-long desert rides on spirited, fit Arabian horses, staying in overnight desert camps and boutique hotels. Enjoy long sunset canters in the silent shifting red dunes that stretch out towards Saudi Arabia. Explore the precarious passes and high villages of the nearby Hajjar Mountains, and take advantage of the cooler temperatures of the higher altitude, or experience the intriguing landscape, of Upper Mustang lying in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri, with its kaleidoscope of colourful and bizarre rock formations.

For beach riding, head to the crystal clear warm waters of the Gulf Coast, for long frolicking canters on miles of deserted sandy beach. The many experienced riding trail operators, carefully plan their itineraries, with early sunrise, sunset or full moon treks to escape the notorious arid sub-tropical heat of the UAE. A riding holiday here can be a luxury city retreat or a total immersion into the colour and culture of beautiful villages and mountains, magical deserts and fishing harbours. From opulent Arab Racing trips to treasure hunts on horseback ("equicaching") in the desert - you'll find it all in the UAE.

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“We had a lovely week here. The riding was great and it was good to be in a quiet rural area, away from the touristy areas.”
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