Dubai Meydan Racetrack is the dream of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Makhtoum; UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. With the assistance of the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Meydan – Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, and two other Board Members – Vice Chairman Ahmad Al Shaikh and Malih Lahej Al Basti, this great dream or vision could be turned into a stunning success. The opening of the Dubai Meydan Racetrack in early 2010 was a defining moment in the history of Dubai and of course horseracing. The racecourse took an estimated whopping USD 200 million to build.
The Dubai Meydan Racetrack or racecourse is a 7.5 million square meters of land used for horse racing. It is one of the sub districts of the 200 million square feet Meydan City development. Literally meaning ‘meeting place’, Meydan’s other districts include Meydan Metropolis, Meydan Horizons, and Meydan Godolphin Parks. More than sixty thousand spectators can be seated in a 1.6 km long grandstand. It has a 2,400 meter left handed turf race track and a 1750 meters left handed Tapeta synthetic dirt course. The racecourse also has receiving barns, stables, turf, and All-Weather training tracks and jockey and horsemen’s lounges. The training and breeding facilities are also used by trainers who coach Sheikh Mohammad’s horses.
The Dubai Meydan Racetrack is open from November to March and events like the Winter Racing Challenge, Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup Night are hosted at the racecourse. When racing events are not being conducted, the venue is intended to be used for business meetings and conferences. To facilitate such conventions, the Dubai Meydan Racetrack is also inclusive of the Meydan Marina, which is the world’s first 5-star trackside hotel. It has over 250 rooms, 2 race tracks and the Grandstand. The Grandstand is a luxurious property which features a hotel, multiple restaurants, an IMAX cinema and 72 corporate suites for entertainment. It is an architectural masterpiece and has a crescent shaped design which spans 1.5 kilometres. Other projects in the pipeline are a horse racing museum and gallery.
The 15th Dubai World Cup was held on 27th March 2010 at the Meydan racecourse for the first time. The 2010 edition of the Dubai World Cup was a great moment in history and held a huge significance. It was a celebration of achievements; mainly the Grandstand which is the most outstanding feature of the Meydan. To increase the excitement and anticipation of this highly illustrious event, the prize money of the world cup was raised to US$10 million.
The Dubai Meydan Racetrack is unlike any other of its kind. The race course set standards in luxury and entertainment and has reached greater heights in world horseracing. The only racecourse with hospitality services, state of the art facilities and multiple entertainment centres it has brought the world an ultimate horse racing experience. The Dubai Meydan Racetrack will no doubt attract only the best and prestigious in the world of thoroughbreds, owners and racing nobility.