Night riders – Riders set off in the early morning to embark on a grueling 120-kilometer endurance marathon through the deserts of the United Arab Emirates.
Trainers on the trail – A convoy of land cruisers follow the horses, issuing instructions to their riders during each of the lap of the 30 km course.
Cleaned and cared for – After each lap, the horses are subjected to medical checks. This is to ensure they are physically capable of surviving another lap.
Final few – Not all of the 50 horses who begin the race make it to the end, with less than a quarter of the field finishing this event.
Allah's gift – The Arabian horse is said to be a gift to mankind from Allah. Today's racing thoroughbreds can trace their DNA to three stallions imported to Britain in the 18th century.