Meydan’s New Year’s run to celebrate the #DubaiDestinations initiative


Meydan will be hosting a seven-race card on New Years Day to mark the #DubaiDestinations initiative.
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Dubai: The Dubai Racing Club announced that its seventh racing meeting at Meydan Racecourse on January 1 will be dedicated to celebrating the #DubaiDestinations initiative which was launched recently to showcase experiences, events and activities offered by the emirate.

The move is part of the Dubai Racing Club’s efforts to support the initiative, which was launched in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to raise its profile as a leading global destination and make Dubai the best city in the world in which to live and visit.

The first night of racing in the new year will feature a total of seven races, including the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial, with a total value of all prizes exceeding Dh 800,000. Each of the day’s seven races will be named after one of Dubai’s iconic destinations, starting with the first “Etihad Museum” race, followed by the inaugural second “Dubai Frame” race, both races being dedicated to the horses of Arab race.

Thoroughbred races will begin with the Al Jaddaf Mile presented by the “Museum of the Future”, followed by four races named after tourist destinations in Dubai such as “Ain Dubai”; “Burj al-Arab”; ‘Burj Khalifa’ and ‘The Palm Jumeirah’.

Dubai Racing Club President Sheikh Rashid Bin Dalmook Al Maktoum said the Dubai Racing Club is keen to support the #DubaiDestinations initiative as part of its efforts to further raise Dubai’s profile as a leading global destination, in accordance with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Distinctive destination

Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook Al Maktoum added that Dubai’s leading position in the equestrian field on a global scale has enabled it to become a unique sporting and tourist destination. The various sporting events and activities held in Dubai, such as the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse, attract visitors to the emirate every year.

Meydan Racecourse is considered one of Dubai’s signature destinations, noted Sheikh Rashid. One of the largest and most prestigious sports facilities in the world, the racecourse attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world each year to follow its events and races.

A leading sports and tourist destination in Dubai, the Meydan Racecourse has a 1.6 km long grandstand that can accommodate around 60,000 spectators. It also has one of the largest screens in the world, around 100 meters long, allowing spectators to have an unobstructed view of the horse races.


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