The Emirates Racing Authority is the internationally-recognised governing body for horse racing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and it has been established for the following reasons:
- for the purpose of making, altering, amending and administrating the Rules in the UAE;
- for the purpose of carrying on the trade or business of Racecourse management and for the purpose of education, entertainment and participation by the general public in Horse racing;
- to encourage horse breeding and horse ownership in the UAE and to improve the quality of racing;
- to organise, represent and promote horse racing on an international basis; and
- to promote tourism, trade and commerce in the UAE.
The ERA administers all aspects of the sport of horse racing, including the implementation and application of the UAE Rules of Racing through its Stewarding and Veterinary Departments. This also includes the licensing of all trainers, jockeys, officials and stable personnel. The ERA Registry Office manages and processes the registration of horses for racing, and all entries and declarations for all race meetings in the UAE. The ERA also administers the internationally-approved Emirates Thoroughbred Studbook.