Page Last Updated: Mon, 14th Oct 2019
Completed in 2010, the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, builds upon the 14-year legacy established by Nad Al Sheba.
A visionary facility, Meydan is an ultimate venue for horse racing that further sets the standards for luxury and propels UAE’s horseracing scene to greater heights on the international level.
Providing a splendid array of first-class hospitality offerings within the state-of-the-art structure, the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse is unlike any other in the world.
Spanning 1.5 kilometres, the spectacular facility is situated under a crescent-shaped roof, encased with solar panels, with seating for 60,000 spectators and covered parking for 8,600 cars.
The Racecourse provides a 1,750m Dirt track and a 2,400m Turf track.
Other facilities include receiving barns, stables, turf and All-Weather training tracks and jockey and horsemen’s lounges. Meydan proudly features the world’s first trackside five-star hotel, The Meydan, with 285 suites offering direct, unobstructed views of the racing action. An exciting mix of high-end international restaurants, a theatre, the Meydan Museum and Gallery all complement what is truly an extraordinary architectural feat.
Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse is a lasting tribute to the elegance and grace associated with the prestigious Dubai World Cup, the venue’s marquee event and the world’s richest race.
Racing at Meydan Racecourse
In addition to staging the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates, Meydan Racecourse also offers a full season of racing, running from the beginning of November to the end of March.
The season includes a calendar of Racing at Meydan meetings as well as the international Dubai World Cup Carnival which carries a prize purse of US$40m and is held at Meydan from early January to Dubai World Cup day.
Exceptional dining and entertainment packages are available at every race meeting, allowing our guests to get right to the heart of the racing action.
Dubai World Cup Carnival
The Dubai World Cup Carnival, worth $40m in prize money, runs from January to March every year and is a season of high-class international race days contested by the most high-profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world.
Spread across 11 race days, the Dubai World Cup Carnival leads to the season-ending Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates. The Carnival runs alongside our domestic Racing at Meydan season.
The major prep for Dubai World Cup day is Super Saturday. It is held three weeks prior to the big day and allows trainers to put the finishing touches to their equine stars before they take to racing’s biggest stage on Dubai World Cup day. As the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup it is a major social occasion in its own right.
Spectators can gain free access to Meydan on a regular racenight or indulge in a range of viewing options to suit any budget and level of luxury from simple seating to five-star all-inclusive dining.
Dubai World Cup
Created through the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai World Cup provides a truly global stage upon which the best horses in the world come to compete every year.
The biggest sporting and social occasion on the Dubai calendar, the US$30m race day is held at Meydan Racecourse on the last Saturday in March.
As the conclusion of the UAE racing season, Dubai World Cup day features nine high-class races including six Group 1 and three Group 2 contests. Racing is brought to a close by the world’s richest horse race, the $10m Dubai World Cup, won in 2016 by California Chrome.
Festivities on Dubai World Cup day end with the spectacular Dubai World Cup show and concert. Guests on Dubai World Cup day can choose from a variety of hospitality options to suit every budget. To find out more click on the "Buy Now" tab.
Meydan is the visionary concept of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
The project is the culmination of his vision to create not just a venue for horse racing, but an integrated city that is sustainable, environmentally responsible and one that positions Dubai at the centre of the competitive global business stage.
Meydan Group aims to link the world with the Emirate of Dubai through international horse racing and equestrian events, a range of commercial developments, hospitality, sports, entertainment and amusement services, a series of state-of-the-art business parks, residential villa communities, schools, hospitals, business towers with luxury waterfront developments and shopping destinations.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City covers approximately 47 million square feet of prime freehold development in the heart of Dubai and features several development projects by Meydan.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City - District Eleven is a cosmopolitan, family-oriented community comprising villas and mixed-use buildings and offering a number of attractive amenities and facilities including Emirates Airline housing, Meydan Villas and The Kent College of Canterbury.
Meydan Heights is also home to Emirates Airline housing, a premium development comprising 528 units of townhouse community living and includes retail, park areas and public amenities such as a community centre and mosques.
Meydan Avenue incorporates the iconic Grandstand and The Meydan Hotel at its heart will set new standards of living, build an inspirational business culture and offer a lifestyle of exceptional quality.
The centrally located Meydan Free Zone offers a prime location and ease of incorporation while driving businesses through advanced telecommunications, high technology and business space flexibility.
Meydan Group brings together elegant lifestyle opportunities with leading entertainment and sporting events.
The portfolio consists of The Meydan Hotel, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, The Track Meydan Golf, QUBE Sports Lounge, Meydan Tennis Academy, Dubai Equestrian Club, Emirates Equestrian Centre, Dubai Racing Club and the iconic architectural marvel, Meydan Racecourse, home of the world’s richest horse race – the Dubai World Cup.