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Shaikh Mohammad: Meydan is not a racecourse, it's a city

The brainchild of Shaikh Mohammad, the Dubai World Cup is in its sixteenth year and remains a fitting tribute to his love of horses and of horseracing

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 19:15 March 26, 2011

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum along with his daughter
  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum along with his daughter Shaikha Al Jaleela Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, during the Dubai World Cup 2011 at Maydan Race Course.
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Dubai: Meydan is not just a racecourse but an entire city by itself, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said on Saturday.

Shaikh Mohammad's comments came while he attended the Dubai World Cup race meeting at the purpose-built Meydan racecourse. “Meydan is not a racecourse, it's a city,” he said in reply to a query on the ambience in the futuristic venue, which is hosting its second Dubai World Cup race meeting.

Replying to another question on how many winners Godolphin hopes to have during the evening, Shaikh Mohammad said: “We have already two. Now my advice is to enjoy yourself.” 

The brainchild of Shaikh Mohammad, the Dubai World Cup is in its sixteenth year and remains a fitting tribute to his love of horses and of horseracing.

Meydan racecourse, with a capacity of 60,000 spectators in a one-mile long grandstand, hosted its second World Cup on Saturday with total prize money of $26 million.

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