Dubai's Crown Prince Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum is known for his love for adventure just as much as he's esteemed as an equestrian.
The royal is no stranger to making feats in horse races all over the world and now has one more title to add to his repertoire. On Saturday, the prince took home the top prize at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2020 which was held in Saudi Arabia's Al Ula.
The royal was cheered on by his father Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as he won the race's $4 million prize. The leader proudly watched his son gallop to victory in the 120-kilometer race in just four hours and 35 minutes.
The race is authorized by the Royal Commission for Al Ula and the organizers of Winter at Tantora Festival in association with the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation. It is considered one of the most prestigious in the region as it has attracted 200 competitors from 17 countries this year. Made up of four laps routed through desert dunes and mountain peaks, it's an ultimate test of endurance.
In a series of tweets, the prince expressed his joy at participating in the event and thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting him.
"Proud to have taken part in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup in the kingdom's Al Ula along with Emirati equestrians. A civilized history and a bright future under King Salman's and his crown prince's rules," he wrote in one of his posts.
In another tribute to the kingdom, the royal wore a printed shirt and a hoodie that both featured the Saudi flag.
Prince Hamdan has a special place in his heart for Al Ula
Last year, the prince attended the annual race in Al Ula and expressed his affinity for the region.
The royal was all praise for Al Ula's Mada'in Saleh in specific and posted a breathtaking video of it on both Instagram and Twitter, writing:
"Mada'in Saleh is truly a magical place. An ancient civilization lost in history, yet traces of their past has survived till date in several archaeological sites, marveling those who explore them."
Prince Hamdan isn't alone when it comes to marveling at the kingdom's gem. In recent months, Al Ula has been rising in popularity among tourists and it's now one of the region's most Instagram-worthy hotspots.