Umm Qarn was established in Qatar in 1988 by HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Special Advisor to the Emir of Qatar. The idea was motivated by His Highness' love of horses and equestrian sports and the desire to impart the same to his children and the younger generation.
The 580 acre farm is situated in a natural oasis in the desert north of Doha. Since then the stud farm has been a continuous state of development and improvement striving to achieve its objectives of breeding and racing the finest Arabian horses.
The centre piece of the the madjilis is the grand hall where the racing trophies of current and past Umm Qarn horses are kept on display. Recently the hall was used to host delegates from the 2011 WAHO conference on the occasion of the Umm Qarn Gala Dinner. In the same building are the management offices, from where the breeding, training and racing operation is run.
Behind the Majilis is a spacious, light new barn. With its large stalls, wide aisles, rubber flooring and air conditioning it is designed to give optimum conditions for young horses in training.
In addition to the new barn there are four further barns that house broodmares, breeding stallions and youngstock.
The farm has many facilities, including a veterinary laboratory, 15 horse horse-walker, treadmill, solarium and swimming pool. The pool is used for regular fitness training and also for horses recovering from injury.
Essential to the training programme are the oiled sand and turf training tracks approached from the barns by long shady sand tracks.