The Dubai World Cup is more than just an excuse to dress up and buy a new hat. It has become one of the racing world’s biggest and most exciting events since its debut in 1996 at Nad Al Sheba Racing Club. Thirteen years later, the event is more popular than ever and attracts visitors from the world over.
About 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the races, which will take place next saturday. The event comprises seven races of varying purses totalling $21.25 million (Dh77.9m). The richest is the Dubai World Cup race at $6m. Chief supporting races are the $5m Dubai Duty Free and the $5m Dubai Sheema Classic, also two of the richest races run on turf in the world, followed by the Dubai Golden Shaheen, the UAE Derby, the Godolphin Mile and the Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic for Purebred Arabians.
Racegoers can win big on the horses by participating in two official Dubai World Cup competitions: Pick 7 and Tricast. With Pick 7, all you need to do is to choose the winners of all seven races to win large cash prizes. There are also prizes on offer for hitting six, five and four winners. Entry forms are located at each gate. The Tricast contest also offers cash prizes and requires you to select the first three placegetters in the official order of finish for two consecutive races.
Of course, no trip is complete without a fabulous outfit. The dress code is lounge suit or national dress for men, while modest dress and fancy hats are recommended for women.
If you have not bought your tickets yet, you can do so by calling 04 327 0077 or visiting www.dubaiworldcup.com.
Dubai World Cup: Race to the finish