Maarten Schäfer

We arrive in the emirate of Ajman to find that the prestigious Arabian Horse Show has just ended. However, Doaa, our friend at the Kempinski Hotel Ajman, tells us she knows the director of Ajman Stud, the stables of Ajman’s Crown Prince Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, and that she will try to arrange a visit for us.

The next day we head off into the desert to visit the stud farm, which is a green oasis in the midst of endless sand dunes. Arabian horses are reputed to be the most beautiful in the world and so we are excited to see Ajman’s collection of prizewinning steeds.

Upon arrival, general manager Khalid welcomes us with a traditional coffee ceremony and tells us about Arabian horses. “Arabian horses have for centuries been bred for their strength, endurance, speed and beauty,” he says. “They are generally very good-natured creatures, partly…

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