Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 30 March 2020

Sheikh Hamdan takes part in gruelling Saudi Arabia horse race

The Crown Prince of Dubai was supported by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed wasn't short of family support as he saddled up for success in a gruelling horse race in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

The Crown Prince of Dubai was cheered on by his father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, as he took a daunting challenge in his stride at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2020.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, is greeted by his father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. Courtesy: Dubai media Office
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, is greeted by his father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. Courtesy: Dubai media Office

The 120km endurance race - held in Al-Ula - involves riders completing four laps through desert dunes and mountain peaks in pursuit of a share of a SR15 million (Dh14.69m) jackpot.

The event is considered to be one of the most important endurance races in the region, with 200 competitors from 17 countries taking part.

It turned out to be a memorable visit to the kingdom for Sheikh Hamdan, who galloped to victory in a time of just over four hours and 35 minutes.

Sheikh Hamdan is always happy to push his body to the limit in search of sporting glory.

Last April he showed his ability to lead by example by throwing himself into the thick of the action at the Gov Games in Dubai.

Sheikh Hamdan launched the event in 2018 to encourage the public sector workforce to work as a team and test their mental and physical capabilities.

Rather than just cheer on the competitors from the stands, he decided to try out the obstacle course at Kite Beach for himself.

The thrill-seeking Crown Prince is well known for his love of adrenaline sports, and regularly posts videos on social media of him skydiving, jet-skiing, wing-walking on aircraft, climbing and diving.

Updated: February 2, 2020 09:41 AM

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