Epsom success story: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with Masar after the chestnut colt took the lead in the final furlong and won by a length and a half to give Godolphin its first Epsom Derby success in June. Image Credit:

In an action-packed year, which witnessed France winning the Fifa World Cup final, Dubai-based Godolphin conquered new frontiers in horse racing. Their horses won the Epsom Derby and Melbourne Cup along with the Dubai World Cup.

Luka Modric, Mohammad Salah and Manchester City put their best foot forward in football while Novak Djokovic got his mojo back with two slams as Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth F1 world title