UAE national, Ali Khalifan Al Jahouri rode to victory in the grueling 160 Km OMEGA HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup 2010 FEI CEI 3* concluded at the Dubai Endurance City yesterday. Ali Khalifan Al Jahouri crossed the finishing line first for the second consecutive year with a time of 6 hours, 31 minutes, 6 seconds at an average speed of 24.53. The race was fiercely contested by two more UAE nationals, Mohammed Mubarak Al Sayari who finished 2nd just 15 seconds behind with the same average speed of 24.53 and Sultan Abdullah Dhahi Al Buamim who finished 3rd with a time of 6 hours, 33 minutes and 12 seconds at an average speed of 24.41 .
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his son H.H. Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also participated in the Endurance Race which attracted 94 riders in all, including 11 International Endurance champions.
“Winning this challenging event requires perfect harmony and coordination between man and beast, power and perseverance and impeccable balance of mental and physical strength. OMEGA has taken great pride in having been the title sponsor of the OMEGA HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup for the last three years because the event epitomizes OMEGA’s own brand attributes and product qualities,” said Mrs. Nayla Hayek, member of the Swatch Group Management Board of Directors.
The winner received OMEGA’s Constellation Double Eagle Chronograph, a wrist watch with a sporty dial in matt black, contrasting silvered chronograph counters and a separate silvered tachymeter scale around the outside of the hour circle. The watch includes facetted 18 Ct red gold hour markers, facetted and truncated 18 Ct red gold Dauphine hands, and applied OMEGA symbol and name, also in 18 Ct red gold.
A date window at 6 o’clock completes the high-end OMEGA chronograph look, which is protected by a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The screw-in transparent sapphire crystal case back reveals OMEGA’s revolutionary Co-Axial movement with its intricate rhodium-plated finish of circular graining, Geneva wave decor and gold-plated engravings and a blue-steel screw as the centrepiece of this mechanical and aesthetic marvel. The ultimate sporty touch is provided by an integrated rubber strap with a satin brushed 18 Ct red gold fold over clasp which bears the OMEGA logo in polished finish.
True to the sporty origins of the chronograph, the Double Eagle remains a robust watch for all seasons, with its screw-in case helping to guarantee water resistance to 100 metres (330 feet). It is perfect for those looking for a contemporary watch which blends innovative state-of-the-industry technology with a subtle sporting edge.
OMEGA Vice President Raynald Aeschlimann said: “Success in endurance horse racing demands many of the qualities which have defined OMEGA for more than 160 years – perseverance, dedication and a determination to meet every challenge. For over a century, OMEGA has served as sponsor or timekeeper at some of the world’s highest-profile sporting events, including the Olympic Games. We are happy to extend legacy in sport to an event as prestigious as the Endurance Cup – a competition which truly lives up to its name.”
OMEGA has sponsored some of the world’s most renowned sporting events – from the Olympic Games and the America’s Cup to the Dubai Desert Classic. OMEGA was the Official Timekeeper for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and has recently extended its agreement with the International Olympic Committee through 2020.
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