Dubai prepares to welcome back the world’s most prestigious horse race, the Dubai World Cup, with yet another record breaking purse of US$30 million up for grabs.
The thoroughbred race day was held in Dubai way back in October 1981 when a group of thoroughbreds met in the soon to be world famous race meeting. That first meet consisted of three races – a mile, a sprint and the longest race of the day – the mile and a half.
That was the beginning of a proud tradition of horse racing in Dubai and it was not long before the first Dubai World Cup was run. In 1996 this became reality when a prize purse worth US$4 million was up for grabs.
Today what has become the world’s richest horse race has also become the premier social and cultural event in Dubai and one of the most prestigious places to be seen on the global horse racing circuit.
This year the excitement will center around the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai and the day to diarize is the last Saturday in March – March the 26th.
Transportation to Dubai World Cup
Attendance on race day will now be even easier than ever.
The taxi service has been arranged in order to make it easier for punters and guests to get to the venue with more vehicles being available than has ever been the case. Pick up and drop off points are centrally located at the entrance to the main grandstand – at gate B.
Those who wish to use private transport will also be catered for. Signposts to the race day will start from Shaikh Zayed Road and those who will be using the E311 will also see well signposted directions to the race. Guests who arrive with hospitality tickets will be provided with car park passes. Those with normal tickets arriving by car will be directed to parking situated near Al Meydan Road.
Ease of access will also be made a priority with a bus service available courtesy of the RTA. A shuttle service will be available both to and from popular destinations such as the Dubai Marina and the Dubai downtown area.
A number of other attractions will take place in the run up to the main event, these include:
The Dubai World Cup Carnival will take place from January to March and will feature various races including high profile jockeys.
The Jaguar Style Stakes gathers style conscious punters from all over the world on race day. A celebration of the world’s most stylish men and women with a first prize of a Jaguar F-Type this is an event that the fashion conscious should not miss.
On March 26 Janet Jackson will be wowing the crowd with her unique blend of high energy pop and rock.
There are a number of packages available for those who wish to attend both race day and the events surrounding the World Cup. Prices range from Dh450 to the Premium Package at Dh2,000.