by Denise Hearst

Up in the north of Qatar lies another world, a tranquil place where a breeder has the time to dream of what might be. He studies his mares, knows their ways, and treasures their history. He walks the pastures and loses himself in their beauty, dreaming of the foal crops to come. Every day is like this for Sheikh Ahmed Abdulla KH H Al Thani.

Al Waab farm, named for the “lowlands,” is a vast tract of land, blessed with water, in a country known for its beautiful landscapes and its ancient heritage that will be forever tied to the Arabian horse. Here, Sheikh Abdulla bin Khaled bin Hamed Al Thani founded his Arabian stud in 2008. And in the years since, Al Waab has become well known for its exquisite Egyptian Arabian breeding program – a collection that must be seen to be believed.

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