Horses have always been significant in UAE culture as well as the rest of the Arab world. Plus, there is nothing like galloping across the sands and seashore with the wind in your hair on the back of a well-trained horse. And if you live in or plan to visit Abu Dhabi, you might want a taste of the action yourself. Fortunately, there are some equestrian clubs and stables in Abu Dhabi that have suitable facilities and safety procedures for the activity. On that note, here are some places where families, friends and individuals can go for horse riding in Abu Dhabi:
Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Riding School
The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Riding School deserves the top spot on our list. And for good reason. Offering some of the best horse riding lessons in Abu Dhabi, the riding school is the ideal place for both amateur and seasoned riders. In addition to several horses and ponies, qualified trainers are also available to walk new riders through the ropes.
The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club covers a vast area and is considered the emirate’s prime venue for show jumping and horse racing events. The club is also known for hosting annual races like National Cup Day, The President’s Cup and the Emirates Championship.
- Location: Near Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-2-445-5500
Mandara Equestrian Club
An equestrian club in the UAE certified by the ISO, the Mandara Equestrian Club is next on our list of places for horse riding in Abu Dhabi. Acclaimed as the first ISO certified equestrian club in the UAE, the riding school accepts both beginners and advanced riders into its fold.
Riding lessons here are categorised according to indoor and outdoor venues with price ranges depending on the chosen number of classes. For example, the starting price for a 45-minute single outdoor lesson is AED 210 while private outdoor classes are for AED 340 for the same duration. Starting price for indoor lessons are pricier at AED 300 for single and AED 500 for 45-minute sessions.
Located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the club is within easy reach of interested customers from both emirates. The superb coaching practices have also won the Mandara Equestrian Club several awards and accolades. For example, the club UKCC approved and also has approval from the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
- Location: Near Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-2-563-3830
Al Lazaz Stable
The Al Lazaz Stable is another notable venue for horse riding classes in Abu Dhabi. One of the first stables to be established in the area, the place aims to be a Bedouin-style heritage farm complete with horse riding, nightly accommodations, playground for kids, a barbecue area and a kitchen. Housing around 30 horses, the stable is known by customers for endurance riding, dressage and flat races.
The Al Lazaz Stable is perfect for visitors who want to experience what it’s like riding horses in the desert. Riders are taken to the surrounding terrain for leisure while experienced riders can be trained for competitions. There is also an enclosed space where inexperienced riders or young kids can practice before they are comfortable enough to take to the sands. All riders are equipped with appropriate safety equipment. Additionally, interested riders can also participate in flat and endurance races at the venue. Other perks include modern bathrooms, shower and changing rooms.
The Al Lazaz Stable can be booked for individual, group and corporate events with bookings available for full days, half days as well as weekends. The stable has hosted events for up 100 people.
- Location: Abu Dhabi, near Al Wathba Palace
- Contact: 050-622-6355 | 050-642-8388
Al Maghaweer Stables
A “7-star” stable in Abu Dhbai that is renowned for its Arabian horses, the Al Maghaweer Stables is another popular venue for horse riding in Abu Dhabi. Attractions here include riding in the Abu Dhabi desert and racing. Those interested in visiting the place can enquire about price and other perks by contacting Al Maghaweer Stables.
- Location: New Al falah, Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-2-025-0000
Located at the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the Rahal Ranch is a horse-training facility that also offers riding classes. Providing a serene environment for horses and riders alike, the ranch is an ideal venue for anyone looking for lessons away from the bustle of the big city.
The ranch is one of the many places where visitors can experience horse riding in the Abu Dhabi desert. A picturesque location at the heart of the desert makes the ranch a preferred spot for equine enthusiasts. Established in 2005, Rahal Ranch offers horse riding lessons in Ab Dhbai for beginners and intermediate riders with desert rides reserved for those who are more experienced. The price of lessons is AED 150 on weekdays and AED 200 on weekends while desert rides cost AED 200.
- Location: Plot No. 3, Al Wathba – Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-56-698-8848
Horse and Hound Club
Prefer riding near the surf instead? Head to Horse and Hound Club. The club is renowned for taking riders on horse trails on white sandy beaches as well as the desert. Adding to the memorable experience are horses which are chosen for their gentle temperament and are given the best care as is apparent from their beauty and trust in their riders.
Not many people get to experience the thrill of riding a horse in the sea. And the Horse and Hound Club is the best place to get it. Riders are matched with Arabian or Andalusian horses that suit their riding abilities, size and experience. The rides also go through the Al Bahya nature reserve and are paced to let visitors take in the sights and sounds of the site. Each ride ends with a long canter, a truly memorable experience for new riders.
- Location: Horse and Hound Club, Al Bahya, Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-50-2928-347
Baniyas Equestrian Center
Another recommended venue for horse riding in Abu Dhabi, the Baniyas Equestrian Center is lauded for its services. Horses here are well cared for and riders are given appropriate safety equipment before they can mount. To keep guests comfortable, the Baniyas Equestrian Center features clean bathrooms, a masjid and waiting areas. Saturdays are dedicated to families. And for kids, there are pony rides.
- Location: Baniyas East 13, beside Yas Mart Market
- Contact: +971-56-783-3391
Rabdan Equestrian Club
Another nominee for best horse riding venues in Abu Dhabi is the Rabdan Equestrian Club. Offering both indoor and outdoor training arenas, the Club is an ideal place for equestrians and those who have always wanted to ride but never got the chance. Other perks include state of the art stable facilities.
- Location: Al Wathba – Abu Dhabi
- Contact: +971-50-596-6621
Al Forsan International Sports Resort
The Al Forsan International Sports Resort wraps up our picks for best venues for horse riding in Abu Dhabi. Now open to the public without an admission fee, the Abu Dhabi equestrian club offers riding services for all ages and skill levels. Those wishing to make the most of the facilities and services may apply for memberships. In addition to exclusive access to restricted areas, members are entitled to special rates.
- Location: Intersection of 12th and 13th Street, Khalifa City
- Contact: +971-2-556-8555
That’s all for our list of notable horse riding venues in Abu Dhabi. Those who live in Dubai don’t have to drive all the way to Abu Dhabi for the sport. We also have a comprehensive list of things to do in Abu Dhabi to help you make the most of your stay there. There are several places which offer horse riding lessons in Dubai too. Make sure that you check out the prices, timings and location of the venues before you take on horse riding in Dubai.
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