Tunis: The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (Alecso) has classified Katara Cultural Village as the “Cultural Heritage City of Arabian Horses” in recognition of its sustained efforts in promoting the cultural scene and preserving the cultural heritage related to Arabian horses.

The announcement was made during a ceremony held at Alecso’s headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia. Katara General Manager, Prof. Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti received the classification certificate and shield from Director-General of Alecso, Dr. Mohamed Ould Amar.

On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Al Sulaiti expressed his happiness with this achievement, which reflects the unique excellence achieved by Katara in hosting prominent cultural and heritage festivals in the field of horses and equestrianism.

He pointed out that these events are among the most important Arabian horse shows and championships held throughout the year worldwide. He explained that these events and championships embody the close connection of Arabs to horses and reflect Katara’s continuous efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of Arabian horses and pass it on to future generations.

He also highlighted Katara’s pioneering initiatives, starting with hosting the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival for the years 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024, in addition to hosting the World Arabian Horse Championships (2023-2024).

Dr. Al Sulaiti noted that Katara was the first stop on the Arabian horse tour, which then proceeded to various Arab and Western capitals. He highlighted Katara’s establishment of the Katara Biodiversity Genomes Programme (Arabian Horses) and the centre for Arabian horse breeds, as well as publications about Arabian horses in different languages.

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