Dubai World Cup
The race was founded in 1996 by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the owner of Darley Stud and Godolphin Racing, one of the world's leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.
This is held every year at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, the two kilometres race track is a left handed dirt course. The race is renowned for being the world's richest race, with some US$6 million as the top prize, and the race is known as the centrepiece of international racing which is hailed as the thoroughbred "World Championship".
In fact, the significant race takes place in the Middle East, as every thoroughbred horse in the world is claimed to be descended from three Arabian stallions which were originally exported from the Middle East: the Darley Arabian, the Byerley Turk and the Godolphin Arabian. These stallions were bred with English mares and all modern thoroughbreds carry the genetics of these Arabian horses.
The image of Arabian horsemen charging across the hot desert is a strong icon in the Arab mythology. And there has been a long and strong relationship between the Middle East and horses which is recognised worldwide for many centuries. Historically, horses were seen as a symbol of power, wealth and status. Horses were used by the royalties in the Middle Eastern region. The horses which were selectively bred from generation upon generation to increase speed and stamina are now seen in many thoroughbred horses across the world.
As the Dubai World Cup draws nearer, the horses, jockeys and horse racing fans from all over the world meet up which gives an opportunity for high-class hospitality events for punters. The 'Breakfast with the Stars' event features live commentary, celebrity interviews with top guests and heart-pumping live entertainment, with a lavish breakfast buffet that is served on the lawns next to the paddock.
The International Village is the core of the Dubai World Cup social scene and is a perfect spot to enjoy the exhilarating atmosphere of the horse races. A ticket-only event, the International Village combines a multitude of delicious food and beverage outlets and also showcases the bubble lounge, exhibition stands, live entertainment and giant digital screens to view the live action racing.
If you want to visit the Dubai World Cup, the admission for all to the public enclosure is 100% free. You must remember the procedures when getting in and out of the premise. The tickets will be scanned on entry. Race goers wishing to exit and re-enter the International Village can do so from either Gate 7 or 8, but must ensure the ticket is scanned by the exit personnel and rescanned again on entry. Any ticket not scanned on exit will not re-admit the bearer. On final exit, no scanning is required.
Additionally, there will be CCTV (closed circuit television monitors) to relay coverage to all areas of the race track. Coverage will be supplemented by large digital screen dotted throughout the racecourse. Complimentary race cards will be available from the information booths located in the International Village and the public enclosure. Those who want to feel the unique experience of the live excitement in the horse race; you should not miss the Dubai World Cup.