Faisal Equestrian Club

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Faisal Equestrian Club
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Logo of the club
Location Rimal, Gaza City, Gaza Strip
Coordinates 31°29′37″N 34°24′42″E / 31.49361°N 34.41167°E / 31.49361; 34.41167Coordinates: 31°29′37″N 34°24′42″E / 31.49361°N 34.41167°E / 31.49361; 34.41167

The Faisal Equestrian Club (Arabic: نادي الفيصل للفروسية‎) is an equestrian club and upscale restaurant in Gaza.

The track is the site of horse races, a "popular sport" in Gaza according a 1994 article in the Rocky Mountain News.[1] As of July 2010, the club was the sole equestrian club in the Gaza strip. As of 2010, membership was increasing, with some 120 members, and other people coming for occasional lessons or an occasional ride.[2] The club has two tracks, a 40-meter and a 60-meter international standard. There are also different styles of show-jumps.[3] Horses are imported through the Gaza Strip smuggling tunnels.[2]

According to the Australian newspaper The Age, the Club's restaurant is "The place to be seen for Gaza's teenage elite."[4] The Club serves non-alcoholic Bavarian beer to a wealthy, young, secular crowd, among whom "Headscarves are frowned upon."[4] According to The Guardian, the club, which was adjacent to the Crazy Water Park, is part of a recreational "circuit" for wealthy Gazans that includes seaside cafes and the Gaza Mall.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gaza Jockeys Offer color for Refugees," John West, April 24, 1994, Rocky Mountain News.
  2. ^ a b c "Gaza's elite enjoy riding at Faisal," Harriet Sherwood, September 6, 2010, The Guardian.
  3. ^ Under siege, one Gaza horse club remains, Ayman Abu Shanab, Ma'an News Agency February 7, 2010
  4. ^ a b " Seaside in Gaza: the dress code's almost as dangerous as the surf, July 31, 2010, The Age.