Tajaarub: From A Horsewoman’s Journey

Tajaarub: From A Horsewoman’s Journey

Tajaarub: From A Horsewoman’s Journey

I started writing Tajaarub to answer questions people have always asked me, why do I ride horses and what do I gain from it since I’m not seen competing in the public eye?

Through writing this book, I was able to look back and evaluate so many adventures I’ve experienced. Some lessons were harder than others, taking years for me to understand, and some were difficult to handle; but at the end, they all yielded a result. Moreover, a lot of them I honestly had no answers for, only figuring out why something happened after writing these stories down. There was a solution to every problem, although sometimes they are not the ones anyone would like to hear.

I hope that both horse lovers and non-horse lovers would be able to read and enjoy these stories. They’ll be able to see how my attitude towards horsemanship has evolved and grew from the first time I saw a horse at the age of four until this day.

Horses are blessings in this world, and I’d like to support any organization that reminds people how majestic and beautiful these four-legged creatures can be. The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship and Dubai International Horse Fair have both been brilliant at showcasing Arabian horses and glorifying their existence for being the oldest breed of horse in history; indeed, I dream Tajaarub would be able to add another element in this event, as it exposes the beauty of the Arabian horse’s mentality.’


Tajaarub, Arabic for “experiences”, is Sheikha Hissa’s reminiscent narrative. She shares her early start in horsemanship and offers readers cultural insights from the perspective of a young royal Emirati woman.

Book throws light on art of horsemanship Tajaarub chronicles Hessa’s love for horses from the age of four.

In her new book, Tajaarub – a Horsewoman’s Journey, Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum opens a window to a world unknown to most.

The 161-page book chronicled Sheikha Hessa’s intimate moments meeting and falling in love with horses from a young age of four to years working with and learning from horses.

– A new book by a daughter of one of horse racing’s most famous figures has just been released. Written by Shaikha Hessa Bint Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 19-year-old daughter of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, Tajaarub: From a Horsewoman’s Journey explores the connection between humans and horses.

My horse became my teacher. “I decided to write a book, sharing some of my experiences when horses tried to teach me a lesson or two. These same events changed my way of thinking and approach to life. I started out thinking I had to challenge boundaries, assuming that this was the only way to move forward, but horses showed me that I don’t have to go on the same tracks as everyone else.

Sheikha hissa bint hamdan bin rashid al maktoum showcases debut equestrian-themed book at dubai international horse fair.



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