The Spanish Riding School frequently performs overseas.
Mohamed bin Zayed and the Austrian Chancellor watch the first performance of the Spanish Riding School in the Middle East; the school presents His Highness with a Lipizzaner horse. pic.twitter.com/0qxwrxrzJN
Sheikh Mohamed said he was honoured to accept the stallion, which will always be treasured as a symbol of the UAE and Austria’s “unique relationship”.
"Horsemanship and equestrian practices are deeply rooted within Middle Eastern and Arab culture and have formed key part of our identity throughout the decades, where they have always been closely associated with our heritage and civilization,” Sheikh Mohamed said.
"I would also like to express my pride of the strong relationship that both the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Austria hold. For so long, the two countries and their people have been sharing trust and faith in one another, and we look forward to seeing this relationship prosper further and reach even higher standards as time goes on.”
Mr Kurz, who arrived in the UAE at the weekend for a trip that is hoped will deepen bilateral economic and cultural relations between the countries, said the gift was a simple expression of gratitude towards the strength of those ties.
The Spanish Riding School will perform public performances at Emirates Palace on Sunday and Monday.