Kuwait con­sid­ered im­por­tant cen­ter for sale and ex­port of Ara­bian horses

Price per horse cost 300 ru­pees at that time

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, June 14, (KUNA): Kuwait was con­sid­ered one of the most im­por­tant busi­ness cen­ters for the sale and ex­port of Ara­bian horses as op­posed to breed­ers in other coun­tries.

The Ara­bian horses are one of the best breeds in the world due to their speed and stamina and this factor ap­plies both in the past and mod­ern times.

In his book “Pages from the His­tory of Kuwait”, His­to­rian and Writer Yousef Bin Isa Al-Qena’i said that horse trade was pop­u­lar in the past. Back in the day, Kuwaiti traders took their horses on ships to re­gional ports such as the one in Basra, Iraq, and then they trans­ferred them to more in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions such as In­dia’s city of Bom­bay, cur­rently known as Mum­bai, said Al-Qena’i.

Ac­cord­ing to the book “The Kuwait Mes­sage” is­sued by the Cen­ter for Re­search and Stud­ies of Kuwait – Vol­ume V – Trav­el­ers James Buck­ing­ham (1786-1855) re­ported that the to­tal of Ara­bian horses from Kuwait and Basra to the ports of Bom­bay, Madras and Cal­cutta in 1816 was 1,500 horses.

He noted that the price per horse amounted to 300 ru­pees at the time, while the cost of trans­port and spon­sor­ship to 200 ru­pees in ad­di­tion to other ex­penses in­curred by any an­nual trade of horses in Kuwait was up to 900,000 ru­pees.

As for the sale prices in Bom­bay was up to 800 ru­pees, which means that the net profit per horse is 100 ru­pees. Horses sold in Ben­gal were worth up to 1,000 ru­pees. One of the most known horse deal­ers in Kuwait in the past was Yusuf Al-Bader Al-Khalid.

He was also one of the orig­i­nal own­ers of horses, who con­tin­ued to main­tain the au­then­tic­ity and pu­rity of Ara­bian horses in Kuwait, doc­u­ment­ing horses’ names and those who owned and sold.

The Kuwait’s rulers and Sheikhs took care of orig­i­nal Ara­bian horses and that is ev­i­dent in the Bri­tish doc­u­ments, which con­firmed that the late Sheikh Salem Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah gave an orig­i­nal Ara­bian horse to King Ge­orge V in 1919 on the oc­ca­sion of Sheikh Salem’s in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the cel­e­bra­tions of Bri­tain’s vic­tory in World War I.

Sheikh Jaber Al-Ab­dul­lah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah es­tab­lished Salwa Park in 1954 as a place to en­ter­tain cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing a sta­ble of au­then­tic Ara­bian horses.

With the de­vel­op­ment of life, change of con­di­tions and the in­tro­duc­tion of cars spread through­out the coun­try, horse trade has ceased to ex­port abroad with the ex­cep­tion of some in­di­vid­u­als who did not stop their pas­sion for Ara­bian horses breed­ing and trading.

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