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Meydan Racecourse
Meydan Racecourse

The grandstand at the new Meydan Racecourse which replaces the old Nad al Sheba Racecourse that all the previous runnings of the Dubai World Cup were held over.

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1), now worth $4 million more than previous years, is the world's richest horse race, and will be contested on Saturday night, March 27, at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. It is also the richest day of racing, with $26.25 million in prize money up for grabs in the 8 race card (7 Thoroughbreds, and 1 race for Purebred Arabians). The new facility replaces Nad al Sheba Racecourse which played host to the World Cup since its inception in 1996, and was demolished within days of the 2009 World Cup. In fact, the far turn of the Meydan turf course crosses where the Millennium Grandstand stood just one year ago.

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.

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