27th March 2014
The richest prize in world horse racing will be decided on Saturday at a five-star race track in Dubai that we had a hand in developing.
Dubai World Cup Day at the Meydan Racecourse is the richest day of racing in the world with a combined prize purse of $27.25m. The event features nine races, including the 2km invitation-only Dubai World Cup run over the state-of-the-art Tapeta track introduced in 2010 and sponsored by Emirates Airline, with a staggering $10m pot for a single race, the biggest in the world.
The day brings to an end the three-month long Dubai World Cup Carnival, a festival of high-class international racing which carries a total prize fund of more than $36m over 11 race meetings.
In addition to the racing, the day is the United Arab Emirates’ biggest social and sporting event. The UAE’s glitterati will enjoy the racing from the Apron, enclosed between the track and the grandstand by Zaun fencing, sampling the hospitality from Le Lounge, the Irish Village and the world’s first luxury five-star trackside hotel, with a spectacular fireworks display and a concert from Jennifer Lopez to follow.
Meydan’s owners turned to specialist equestrian supplier Duralock and premium British sports fencing manufacturer Zaun when they embarked on the 67 million sq ft development to house 60,000 punters in the grandstands alone and 120,000 across the entire race track.
Zaun supplied 3.6km of fencing around the track perimeter and to enclose spectator areas.