Horse Riding in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, a land of ever-rising skyscrapers, is known for its gigantic buildings and being a top preferred destination for horse riding. Being one of the most popular sports in UAE, Abu Dhabi is a testimony to one of the world's best riding clubs and racing amenities. The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Al-Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club are touted for being the top-rated clubs offering an adventurous and thrilling experience of Horse Riding in Abu Dhabi . 

The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is ideal for both amateur and professionals. Al-Ain Equestrian offers specialised training programs for horse racing and show jumping. Both Dhabian and Al-Forsan Clubs house an indoor arena for all-year-round classes. Sir Bani Yas Stables combine learning with adventure while teaching riding amidst sand dunes. Al Asayl Stables is ideal for racing and breeding Arabian racehorses with in-house clinic houses. Level your horse riding game up by visiting the best horse riding clubs in Abu Dhabi.

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Where to go Horse Riding in Abu Dhabi?

1. The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club: Making its way to the top of the list, the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is touted to be the best horse riding club in Abu Dhabi. Ideal for both amateur and professionals, the club was founded by then-President of Abu Dhabi, Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in 1976.

It offers a 2000 metre right-handed grass track along with 400 metres straight. It is a prime venue for show jumping, varied horse racing events, dressage, and the most efficient riding school for Horse Riding in Abu Dhabi.

Price: Weekly 1 lesson; Members: AED 4,700 per season
Weekly 2 lessons- Members: AED 8300 per season 
1 lesson- Non-Members: AED 300 per lesson 
Pony riding for 20 minutes: AED 50
Location: Near Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Abu Dhabi 
Timing: Saturday to Thursday – 4.30 PM to 8 PM. Closed on Fridays 

2. Al-Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club: A horse rider’s paradise, Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club is popular for hosting national and international events. It opened its doors in 2007 for the riders with an aim to impart professional horseman skills.

In addition, the facility offers several training programs for varied equestrian skills, including horse racing and show jumping. With world-class stables accommodating up to 155 horses, it is the perfect destination for Horse riding in Abu Dhabi.

Price: Pony classes (6 to 9 years)-30 minutes: AED 60 for 1 lesson 
Basic riding lessons (above 10 years) -45 minutes: AED 100 for 1 lesson 
Advanced Riding lesson: Group: AED 120 for 1 lesson 
Advanced Riding Lesson-Private: AED 300 for 1 lesson
Location: Tawam Street, Tawam, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Timing: 6am-9pm

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3. Mandara Equestrian Club: Offering tailored horse riding lessons to children and adults, the club is everything a modern horse enthusiast desires. Founded in 2012, it is a modern ISO certified club that offers beauty horse training and showing horse riding, and more.

It is well equipped with modern technology, in-class medical amenities, and a state-of-the-art clinic offering riding classes for all skill levels, even to kids below 4 years.

Price: Outdoor horse riding: Shared (45 minutes): AED 210 
Private (45 minutes): AED 340 
Indoor Horse Riding: Shared (45 minutes): AED 300, Private (45 minutes): AED 500 
Timings: 7AM to 10AM, 4PM to 9PM 
Location: Rahba Farm, Plot no.991, Abu Dhabi, UAE

4. Dhabian Equestrian Club: Founded in 2007, the club is a leading and independent club offering Horse Riding in Abu Dhabi. What started with just 12 horses now houses over 40 stabled over 4 blocks. It comprises two distinct paddocks for riding, one for ponies and kids, while the other one for larger horses comprising jumping obstacles.

It also offers a vast indoor area enabling all-year-round riding. Members can make most of the riding lessons and participate in varied endurance events, show jumping, and exhibitions. 

Price: AED 399 
Timings: 11 AM-11 PM, Open on all days
Location: Street 15, Al Samha, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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5. Al Forsan Club: Al Forsan Club is a BHS Approved Riding School, a training center, and a livery yard offering training for riders of all levels. It offers training on both show jumping and dressage.

Comprising as many as 165 air-conditioned stables, an indoor arena, it offers training all year round. They cater to hand-led ponies for children along with international advanced show jumpers. Offering attractive coaching packages, one can even rent a space for a horse here!

Price: Starts at AED 45 for a 30-45 minutes class 

Timings: 8 AM-8 PM, Closed on Fridays

Location: Khalifa City, Near Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE 

6. Sir Bani Yas Stables: Offering state-of-the-art facilities, Sir Bani Yas Stables offers a laid-back opportunity to experience riding amidst sand dunes. Riding a horse here is also the ideal opportunity to be up close with the island's wildlife on your excursion tour on the sandy beaches.

Offering lessons for intermediate riders and experienced ones, a visit to the Sir Bani Yas Stables makes horse riding in Abu Dhabi an adventurous experience. 

Price: Dune Ride: AED 315 
Beach Ride: AED 375 
Wildlife Ride: AED 625 

Location: Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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7. Al Asayl Stables: Emerging as the unique private centre in the gulf, Al Asayl Stables is situated in close proximity to the Emirates Highway to Dubai. It offers training sessions for horses, including a race track, secondary trails, and an indoor swimming pool.

It is the ideal place for racing and breeding Arabian racehorses with in-house clinic houses. So if you are looking for the perfect horse riding experience in Abu Dhabi, Al Asayl Stables is the place to be.

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What are the famous horse riding clubs in Abu Dhabi?

1. Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club: This riding school offers distinctive classes for beginners, intermediate riders, and advanced riders. Boasting a team of 100+ trained ponies and horses, the club is one of the most popular riding schools in the UAE. 

2. Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club: The place hosts prestigious national and international events, making horse riding in Abu Dhabi fun. It also is an ideal spot for exploring other sports, including golfing, shooting, and more. 

3. Mandara Equestrian Club: The licensed riding school caters to riders of all experience levels and even offers a ride for kids below 4 years. It also is the perfect family-friendly destination for exploring riding outdoors. This ISO certified club offers both shared and private classes, catering to the needs and requirements of all.

4. Dhabian Equestrian Club: With 40 stables over 4 blocks, the club is expansive and perfect for laid-back weekends, helping you enjoy a therapeutic riding experience.

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How much does horse riding cost in Abu Dhabi?

Horse riding in Abu Dhabi starts from a minimum of AED 200 for a 45-minute lesson and can go up to AED 350. The costs tend to differ as per the clubs and the riding duration. The cost of horse riding lessons differs according to the type of sessions, the level of experience and the age of the rider.

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Is horse riding famous in Abu Dhabi?

Yes, tourists primarily enjoy horse riding in Abu Dhabi. It is home to the best horse riding clubs and racing amenities. Visitors worldwide eye on its world-class horse riding facilities that offer invaluable learning lessons and riding experiences. As the UAE does not experience monsoon, hence it is visited all around the year.

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When is the best time to visit Abu Dhabi?

The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is in the summers, during April and May, and from September to October. December to March, the winter months are one of the best times to visit Abu Dhabi due to it being neither too hot nor too cold.

However, the winter months can be a little heavy on the pocket, with exorbitant hotel rates eyeing the tourist season.

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