german firm land ultimate deal… selling sand to sheiks of desert-locked dubai - highly absorbent
You might think they already have a lot of stuff, but the Dubai authorities have bought a boat of sand.
The Arab Emirates will receive 500-square-
A few meters of special sieve sand from Germany will be used in the famous racecourse of the oil-rich city.
The local sand is said to be too unstable for the horse to continue the race, so Dubai is shipping the right sand from central Europe.
Officials at Dubai racecourse and training ground say the local sand is "too rough" for many of them"
Millions of pounds of pure stallion
The owner of Equiterra, a German aggregator, said he thought it was a prank when Dubai approached them.
Udo elcoton, the company's 48-year-old boss, said: "When we got our first call, we thought it was a prank to sell sand to Dubai.
He added: "However, we quickly realized that this was not the case and we were very proud that such an exceptional customer had chosen us.
Experts say the supplied sand is particularly good for the horse because it is not rough, strong at the foot and strong at absorption.
Ellekottten explained that the local sand is very large.
Grain and rough.
This is very bad for horses and it is very unstable to ride.
One of Dubai's most famous horse races is the Dubai World Cup, a pure stallion race held every year since 1996, at the Emirates City Maidan racecourse.