Join the world’s best thoroughbreds, owners and jockeys as they meet in the desert to compete in one of the best races on the horse racing calendar. Held annually on the last Saturday in March at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, the Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest horse race in the world! Wear your best, place a bet or two and enjoy the electric vibe of this one-of-a-kind race meet.

The world’s richest race

The Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest horse race, with a purse of a whopping US10 million for the main race. The biggest and brightest event on the Dubai sporting calendar, the Dubai World Cup takes place on the last Saturday of March each year to mark the end of United Arab Emirate’s racing season. The day features nine races, six of which are Group 1 races and three falling under the Group 2 category. There are also plenty of festivities alongside the races including a concert, tasty treats and some spectacular people watching amongst a crowd of 60,000.

Universal Traveller can help you and your mates get to the next Dubai World Cup with a tailor-made holiday package that covers it all so you can spend your spare time researching your bets. Another popular option is to combine your Dubai World Cup as part of a larger tour of Dubai and surrounds. Spend your winnings island hopping around Abu Dhabi, exploring the historical monuments of Ajman or immersing yourself in Dubai culture in the old city districts. Be sure to save time for a camel ride and exploration of the surrounding deserts!


When is it?

26th March 2016

Tips and tricks

  • The Dubai World Cup is popular with punters worldwide. Book your ticket to the event early and don’t forget to ask Universal Traveller for help with the rest. There are ticket and hotel packages available.

  • Dress to impress! There is a dress code to follow – aim to keep knees, necklines and midriffs covered for ladies and wear national dress or a two-piece or lounge suit and tie for men. No jeans, t-shirts, trainers or thongs allowed.

  • Travel to and from Meydan Racecourse via The Dubai Transport Company taxi service located outside the Meydan Grandstand. Or ask your hotel about transfers.

  • Stick around and explore Dubai. Get inspired here

  • Get practical information on the Middle East, from visa and money tips to where to go for a fun nightlife, in our destination guide to the Middle East

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