Richard Mullen is not the only jockey to act as ambassador for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and he is joined in that role by fellow jockey Xavier Ziani.
It is 13 years since Ziani began his career in the UAE and up until that point, he had never ridden an Arabian horse.
Ziani said: "When I was in France, there was not many Arabian races in France compared to what there is now. At the beginning it was a really funny experience for me because the Arabian horses are smaller and they don't react the same as thoroughbred horses.
"It took me time to understand them."
But since making the switch from thoroughbreds, Ziani (pictured below) has come to prefer riding the Arabians and added: "I believe that every jockey can ride a thoroughbred as they are pretty much all the same. Arabs are all different, they're all funny to ride but when they are really good they are better than anything."
As ambassador for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival, Ziani believes that the role encompasses being part of an institution that not only sponsors Arabian racing but promotes the races around the world.
He said: "We travel everywhere in the world, we've seen so many races, different racetracks and our job is to advise the young jockeys. Not only to ride but how to act with people, how to dress, how they should face the trainers and owners when they speak to them.
"When I first started, there was no-one to tell me when you talk to an owner or trainer you must act like this. Or your dress code has to be perfect and when you are young and 16, 18, 20 you want to be fashionable more than classy which sometimes doesn't match with racing.
"We are here to tell them the mistakes that we did and that they should not do. In every sport I think it's really great to have someone at the top to tell you look be careful with what you're going to do, if you ever fly somewhere else and don't know the culture of the countries, just act like this, do that, don't do that because myself and Richie have travelled to many countries. We have experience with that so we can share that with the young riders."