All you need to know about the Dubai World Cup: Races, stakes, and dress code
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All you need to know about the Dubai World Cup: Races, stakes, and dress code

All you need to know about the Dubai World Cup: Races, stakes, and dress code

A highlight in the sporting and social calendar, this meet is considered one of the world’s most spectacular race days

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Prepare yourself for a thrilling day of horse racing as the prestigious Dubai World Cup returns for its 28th installment on Saturday, March 30. Held at the renowned Meydan Racecourse, this highly anticipated event promises an unforgettable experience for attendees of all ages.

Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup, was initiated by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai in 1996, and is considered one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. Featuring intense horse races across multiple formats, it attracts top contenders from across the globe.

The 2024 Dubai World Cup will see almost 900 horses from 19 countries compete in Dubai. The event will host four former champions as well as the reigning champ – Ushba Tesoro from Japan.

High stakes

With a staggering total prize purse of Dhs112m ($30.5m) spread across nine races, including a remarkable Dhs44m ($12m) for the main event, the Dubai World Cup is one of the most lucrative horse racing events globally.

Dress code at the race

In the world of Dubai World Cup fashion, extravagance reigns supreme, and casual is a strict no-no. Ladies are required to wear smart casual attire or national dress. Dresses and skirts should be of modest length (falling just above the knee or longer). The classic flat racing attire for men is a collared shirt with trousers and smart shoes.

The highly anticipated Style Stakes competition boasts prizes exceeding Dhs200,000 for the most stylish attendees, so don’t hesitate to showcase your sartorial flair.

Culinary delights

Savor culinary delights at various dining venues scattered throughout the racecourse. Indulge in an iftar experience at the Sky Bubble for Dhs595 or opt for a delectable brunch at The Gallery for Dhs950. For an elevated dining experience, The Terrace offers premium outdoor seating with stunning racecourse views for Dhs2,200.

Planning your visit

Ensure a seamless experience by booking tickets in advance through

Surprisingly affordable tickets start at just Dhs20, granting access to outdoor grandstand seating and the bustling interior food court.

For a more luxurious experience, consider the Apron Views package at Dhs295, offering access to premium restaurant and bar pop-ups and an opportunity to partake in the Style Stakes fashion competition.

If you plan on driving, secure grandstand parking for Dhs80. Families are warmly welcomed, and tickets are required for children over the age of two.

The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with lifts available on all floors.

Unforgettable finale

Conclude your day with a spectacular fireworks display, adding a dazzling touch to an already unforgettable event. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 30, and join the Dubai World Cup for an extraordinary day of racing and entertainment. Major General Dr Mohammed Dr Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, executive director of Dubai Racing Club, said, “The Dubai World Cup is well-known for a spectacular closing show and we are working with our partners to make this one better than ever.’’

“I can say that those attending the race evening can expect to see something they haven’t seen before.”

Read: Dubai World Cup is 2024’s most anticipated sporting event, shows survey

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