Sheikh MohammedSheikh Mohammed shows Mike de Kock 86m swimming poolSheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum has added nine big new stables to the existing complex near his Palace at Al Awir, Dubai, which Mike de Kock recently had the privilege of touring.

There are now 25 stables on the premises. The nine new stables include a huge “main bedroom’’ where Sheikh Mohammed intends to rest his top horses when needed. Each stable has rubberized flooring, aircon and a big manger. The older stables are covered in palm leaves, the topping serves as natural air control, retaining heat in winter and allowing fresh, colder air to flow in, in summer.

Also on the property is a state-of-the-art horse walker, overlooked by a wooden deck built on a pumphouse that feeds the property with water.

A large paddock and an 86m swimming pool, the longest horse pool in Dubai until recently, completes the complex. Sheikh Mohammed keeps his recovering racehorses and several Arabian horses on this property.

Extract from Mike de Kock