Al Shaqab Equestrian Center is internationally renowned for its collection of Arabian horses, its equestrian excellence, and for specialist facilities geared to the breeding and health of horses stabled there. Spread over 980,000 square meters and with a stable capacity for more than 400 horses, Al Shaqab is also remarkable for its dynamic architectural design based on a central horseshoe shape. The world-class facilities at the center include an administration and maintenance compound, staff accommodation, a riding academy, competitors’ accommodation, a breeding and show center with 142 air-conditioned stables, 20 air-conditioned dressage stables and an equine exercise center with endurance accommodation. In addition there are 20 air-conditioned show jumping stables, with access to the shaded arenas and hacking trails plus paddock areas.
There is also a 120 by 80 meter semi-roofed outdoor arena, and an air-conditioned indoor arena, 100 by 60 meters, with a seating capacity for 6,000 people. The Veterinary Center offers a complete service with an equine hospital, clinic and laboratory while the Equestrian Clubhouse provides a swimming pool, restaurant and gymnasium. The Emiri Stables and Majlis are housed in an elliptical air-conditioned structure with the stables themselves being of bespoke marble and stainless steel.