A note From the editor
When Godolphin’s Thunder Snow crossed the winning mark during the Dubai World Cup 2018, the entire stadium erupted into a thunderous applause. Standing amidst the crowd, I couldn’t stop myself from admiring the Irish veteran and how the equine dominated other favourites. The races might be a spectacle to watch but what goes on behind-thescenes is no mean feat.
We delved into the logistics and transportation of these marvellous horses from different parts of the world to the venue, and the journey left our team completely spellbound. Each equine passenger has an allocated baggage allowance, by weight – however this includes the horse itself! And then there is water, hay, 30kg shavings as bedding, water buckets, feed buckets, tack bags (for saddles and bridles), rugs and any spare equipment. Horses are also provided with in-flight wear, such as a light rug and protective leg gear. More so, every horse has his passport, and is microchipped.
Complete care is taken during the entire journey and the beautiful creatures travel in utmost luxury. Their legs are taken extra care of since they are fragile and those are its biggest assets. Emirates Skycargo has been successfully transporting the horses since the races began and our cover story for this month talks to the specialists for more in-depth details.
Not to forget, this issue also presents highlights from the region’s largest rail exhibition and conference, Middle East Rail, which bought all the major railway players to contribute to the Middle East rail network. Companies like Xrail, Alstom, Hyperloop One, and many more highlighted their contributions towards designing, building, and maintaining the future growth of the sector.