Witness The Adventurous Horse Race in Dubai World Cup

Over 60,000 spectators assemble at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse to witness the adventurous horse race in Dubai World Cup. The Dubai World Cup is a pure-blooded horse race that is held annually since 1996. This day is now recognised as the world’s richest day and has become a major international event in Dubai. The race is operated by the Chairman of Emirates Racing Authority, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The final race was created by the Prime Minister of UAE, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Makhtom in 1996.

Here’s all you need to know about the race at Dubai World Cup:

Quick Facts about the thrilling horse race:

  • The first winner of the race is pure-blooded Cigar which is owned by Allen E. Paulson and later becomes the Hall of Fame of the United States.
  • In 2000, the race was won by the favourite horse of Sheikh Mohammad, Dubai Millennium.
  • The stable of Sheikh Mohammad has won six races in total till now.
  • With all the new and luxurious facilities at Meydan in 2010, Gloria De Campaeo of Brazil won the race.
  • In 2006, the race was first broadcasted on national television on HRTV and TVG Network in the US.

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All about Racing

The Dubai World Cup is home to horses of superior excellence coming from across the world, including Europe, Australia, America, Hong Kong, Japan and South Africa which competes to win the cash prize of $35 million. The nine group races take place the whole day with six contests in Group 1 and the remaining three contests in Group 2. The main event is worth $12 million sponsored by Emirates Airline. You can always enter the competition and try to predict the winner based on your intuition to win the cash prizes.

The Dubai World Cup Carnival is not just limited to a single day but it is held throughout January and February on consecutive Thursday evenings. The main event of dress rehearsal is held on the super Saturday in the second weekend of March. It stretches till April, so if you could not make it to the big day, you can still manage to catch some glimpse of the racing season.

Keeping up with the Fashion

The Dubai World Cup is a day as much about fashion as much it is about fillies and furlongs. You will see race-goers dressed in three-piece suits assembled with stylish hats and various accessories. To keep visitors engaged between races, there is an event for the ladies and gentlemen to dress up and compete with each other. Over 650 participants compete to win the fancy cash prize. The judges look for elegance, style, personality and creativity, so get your outfit planned if you care to win. The Style Stakes Competition held in Apron Views gives the prize to the most stylish racer and even there are awards for the people with Most Creative Hat and Best-dressed Couple.

The Prime Horsing Venue

A mile-long covered stand at Meydan Racecourse is the venue for an adventurous horse race in Dubai World Cup. It is the ultimate horsing district in UAE. A five-star Mayden Hotel allows the race-goers to stay and enjoy the beautiful view of the racecourse. The racecourse is situated at just seven miles from Downtown and you can easily reach the venue by taxi. If you are planning to take the metro then get down at Business Bay station and take a taxi to reach Mayden Racecourse. The first race takes off in the noon and after closing, shuttle bus services are easily available to the town outside the racecourse.

Where to get the tickets?

To be a part of this star-studded affair, always choose your Dubai World Cup tickets wisely. Whether you want to enjoy premium access to lounges or you want to keep it a little low-key, it’s all up to you.

Nad Al Sheba Suite

Offering the amazing views of the Parade Ring and the racetrack, this suite features access to private terrace and have reserved tables.

Price: Dh 4,200 per person
The Gallery

At The Gallery, you can have a beautiful view of the opening ceremony of the world cup.

Price: Dh 1,575 per person
Classified as one of the best venues where you can take your entire family, it offers free entry to children below 8 years and dining for a babysitter.

Price: Dh 950 per person for Ballroom Terrace, Dh1 650 per person for Farriers Terrace and Dh2 950 per person for Millennium Terrace


1. How many races take place at each race night?

There are 6 races per night at Meydan Racecourse and 7 races per night at Dubai World Cup Carnival.

2. Where is the office for Ticket Sales located?

The office for Ticket Sales is located at the entrances and between the Gate B and C at Meydan Racecourse. It is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. It is recommended to collect the tickets one night before the race.

3. Does the Grandstand offer any designated areas for children?

Yes, there are two designated areas for children between 2-8 years which is called as the Kids Zone. One is located near the Premium Seating on the first level and other at the Mezzanine level.

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