Dubai World Cup 2016: The emirate’s biggest horseracing event

Some of the world’s best horses and riders are set to chase the prize at Saturday’s Dubai mega race – the Dubai World Cup – on 26th March. This is the world’s richest horse race with its US$30m in prize money. The event, sponsored by Emirates Airline, is not to be missed, say the race organizers also in consideration of its over 20-year history.

This year marks the 21st edition that will once again take place at Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba. To date, the success of the competition is due in large part to the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who put the Emirates on the international map for the sport. “[He] has helped the UAE become a major player in the world of horse racing – as demonstrated by the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse, including the Dubai World Cup, which attracts horses from around the world,” mentioned The National.

The Dubai Racing Club and Emirates Racing Authority acknowledge that the Meydan world-class horseracing facility and UAE’s flagship racecourse offers the ultimate horseracing experience for both the spectators and the horse jockeys trackside.

The event is a good occasion to come and see a mixture of horses that include the Purebred Arabians, Anglo Arabs and the Thoroughbreds all on the racecourse with competitive riders.

So, who will win Saturday’s Dubai World Cup and take home the richest prize in racing?

American horses are set to ship to Dubai with California Chrome and Mshawish among the strong U.S. contingents with their jockeys set to have a big chance in the Dubai World Cup. Though the conditioning of the horses is crucial so are the assigned riders who will give what it takes to outperform the other opponents as soon as the gates open.

Last year’s Dubai World Cup-G1 winner Prince Bishop will not compete to defend the trophy, so any horse and jockey rider has the opportunity of a win on World Cup night.

There are still tickets left, but options for sitting are limited, so book them today. Tickets for the Dubai World Cup are available from; or for enquiries, call +971 4327 2110 or else email: The site offers also a downloadable 2016 DWC Booklet.

As the big-race preparation is underway, let’s not forget the all-important festivities at the day end with the magnificent Dubai World Cup show and concert, which features the 49-year old pop queen Janet Jackson, 100% confirmed. Her UAE show (Unbreakable World Tour) will close the annual horse racing event at Meydan on March 26. (Note: Jackson’s post-race concert at the Dubai World Cup is only open to race-day ticket holders. Her performance will start at about 10pm. Packages start at Dh450.)

Dubai World Cup race day: 26 March, it marks the conclusion of the UAE racing season.

Venue: Meydan Racecourse

Gates Open: 2:00 pm

Race Start Time: 3:45 pm. This begins the different dirt and turf races leaving up to the final race to identify the winner of Group 1 on Dubai World Cup day.

Ahead of the Dubai World Cup, other horse-riding events are taking place that include those by the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

  • March 24th – Abu Dhabi Festival Endurance Rides for Ladies (Open) CEN 100km and Abu Dhabi Festival Endurance Rides for Private Owners (UAE) CEN 100km
  • March 25th – Abu Dhabi Festival Endurance Ride CEN 120km

Additional horse racing activities in UAE is found at the website of the Emirates Racing Authority (, the internationally recognized governing body for horse racing in the UAE that administers all aspects of the sport happening on the racecourses in Meydan, Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali, Sharjah, and Al Ain.

Facts about the Arabian horse: At the heart of Arab heritage are the Arabian horses, a breed apart with great speed, endurance and strong bones for strength. For years, such horses have played an important role in the culture of the UAE, especially “in horse racing at home and abroad and are particularly suited to the sport of endurance racing where Emirati riders excel,” told in an article.

The Emirates Arabian Horse Society since 1989 has put a continuous and genuine effort in preserving the purity of the Arabian horse breed by reviving the glory of the brand for all locally bred foals. Microchip implantation in the neck location as part of an official electronic identification registration program, with information on the animal, such as species, age, name, breed and address, helps detail the animal’s ownership and ensure that a purebred line is established and maintained.

Dubai World Cup 2016: The emirate’s biggest horseracing event

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