Qatar Petroleum Continue Successive Sponsorship of Qatar Arabian World Cup

September 22, 2011

ed helvetica, ampoule sans-serif;”>For four consecutive years, prostate Qatar Petroleum will be the sponsor of the Qatar Arabian World Cup to be held at the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris on October 2 during the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend.

Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (REC) and Qatar Petroleum signed a sponsorship agreement for this prestigious Pure Arabian horse race.

Qatar Arabian World Cup is a Group I race worth Euros 500,000 ($673,658) and will be run over a distance of 2,000 metres on the same day as the historic Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

REC Chairman Sheikh Mohammed bin Faleh al-Thani and Qatar Petroleum’s Manager of Public Relations and Communication, Sultan Abdulla Ali al-Abdulla signed the agreement.

“I would like to thank Qatar Petroleum for sponsoring this prestigious race on October 2. Qatar Petroleum is always supporting REC and especially Arabian horses. This is the fourth year that they are supporting Qatar Arabian World Cup. It is a global promotion for Qatar Petroleum at the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris,” said Sheikh Mohammed during the press conference.

Sultan Abdulla Ali al-Abdulla said that Qatar Petroleum was associated with REC from 2001 and it was part of their social responsibility to sponsor this prestigious international event.

“This is our fourth year that we are sponsoring this prestigious race. However, we have been associated with REC’s races in Doha since 2001. This international event is an important one for us. Qatar Petroleum is considered one of the top oil and gas companies in the world. However, this sponsorship is part of our social responsibility. And horses are part of Qatar’s heritage,” Sultan Abdulla said.

In the last two editions, Umm Qarn Farms’ General did Qatar proud. In the first year, Lahib and Qatari challenger Nil Blanc fought out a thrilling race where the former emerged triumphant by a short-head margin.

Sultan Abdulla hoped this year also the race would be contested well and it would be a proud moment for the winner. “Hopefully this year too we will see good contest. The winner will be proud to take home this trophy and there are good Qatari horses also in the fray.”

Sami Jassim al-Boenain, REC General Manager said: “So far Qatari horses are doing very well in Europe. However, there are other horses which are also good. The race will be exciting this year. Last two editions we saw Al Dahma and General doing exceptionally well and this time we also have Jaafer which is a good sign for Qatar. We are all looking forward to an exciting and beautiful race on October 2,” said Sami Jassim.