Meydan features a 1 1/2 mile turf course surrounding a 1 1/8 mile synthetic main track with a Tapeta surface. The new facility features the largest racetrack grandstand in the world, stretching 1 kilometer (about 5 furlongs) and includes a 5-star hotel on the clubhouse turn, with balconies that overlook the track and total seating capacity of about 60,000. The track is part of an entire complex called Meydan City which will eventually include residential, retail, and tourist uses.
Although racing has been conducted at Meydan since January during the course of the Dubai International Racing Carnival, the facility was still incomplete and last minute work was being done to the building and grounds as late as Monday morning, with the access roads opening for traffic on Tuesday. Turf racing and workouts have been restricted to allow the new sod to properly take root.