The first thoroughbred race meeting was held in Dubai in October 1981, organized by Shaikh Muhammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Three races were run on that historic day, a sprint, a mile and a mile and a half.
The first Dubai World Cup was run in 1996 with a prize pot worth $4 million (approx. 14 million dirhams).
Now, the Dubai World Cup has become one of the pivotal cultural and sporting events of the country. It is also the world’s richest horse race with prize money worth $30 million (more than 110 million dirhams).
Date and venue
Held on the last Saturday in March every year, this year’s race falls on March 26. The race venue is the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.
Taxi service Taxis will be in plentiful supply. The pick-up and drop-off points are located outside the main grandstand at Gate B.
Car parking The racecourse will be well-signposted from Shaikh Zayed Road, as well as from the E311. Those with hospitality packages will have a car park pass. The general public who choose to drive will be directed to the car park off Al Meydan Road.
Bus service The RTA will be operating shuttle buses to various destinations in Dubai after the event; including Dubai Marina and Downtown.
Things to know
Dubai World Cup Carnival
The carnival runs from January to March on 11 race days leading up to the final showdown for the Dubai World Cup. It features races by most high-profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world.
An important part of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, Super Saturday falls exactly three weeks before the actual World Cup. This year, March 5 was the Super Saturday which is essentially a full-dress rehearsal for the big finale.
Jaguar Style Stakes
Equestrian sport brings with it high-profile and fashion conscious spectators. Jaguar hosts the annual Style Stakes event in conjunction with the Dubai World Cup 2016. The Jaguar Style Stakes will celebrate the most stylish and creative men and women. Apart from amazing treats for the fashionistas who win, the grand prize is a Jaguar F-type. The categories include Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Couple, Best Hat, Most Creative Hat, Longines Most Elegant Lady and many more.
Pre-register here or register on site. See more details and rules of the competition here.
For tips on how to win the Jaguar Style Stakes from judges at the 2015 Style Stakes, read this
Janet Jackson will entertain the crowds on March 26, also officially starting her ‘Unbreakable’ world tour which had to be postponed owing to medical reasons. Sister of the king of pop, late Michael Jackson, Janet performed in Abu Dhabi five years ago.
Location Meydan Racecourse Date March 26 Timing 10pm Cost From Dh450 (Race ticket holders only) Tickets
Located between the racetracks and the Meydan Grandstand, Apron Views will host the Jaguar Style Stakes and also offers food and beverage options. The post-race concert is open to Apron Views ticket holders. The cost includes admission to venue only.
Cost Dh450 Get tickets here
This option offers stunning views of the race as well as entertainment planned for the race day. The Premium area is situated opposite the finish line and adjacent to the Parade Ring. You will have a reserved seat in the outdoor area with access to food and beverage outlets. Cost is inclusive of selected beverages, soft drinks (excluding freshly squeezed fruit juices), afternoon tea and gourmet dinner snacks. You also have access to Apron Views and Parade Ring Lawns
Cost Dh2,000 Get your tickets here
Situated after the finish line, the grandstand seating area is not reserved allowing you to move around. Cost is inclusive of selected beverages, soft drinks (excluding freshly squeezed fruit juices), afternoon tea and gourmet dinner snacks. You will also have access to Apron Views and Parade Ring Lawns
Cost Dh1500 Get your tickets here
You can also make the race day a five-star dining experience at The Terrace or lounge in the First Class Lounge area. See here for further viewing options.
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