Meydan racecourse in Dubai set to open its doors for the first time this evening with the first of a series of events leading up to its official inauguration on 27th March when it will host the Dubai World Cup; the world’s first $10m horse race.
Tonight’s race meeting will see renowned jockeys such as Frankie Dettori, Kieren Fallon and Ryan Moore race on the course’s all-weather Tapeta synthetic track.
Speaking after a trial event, Dettori hailed the scale of Meydan as “absolutely jaw dropping” and described the complex as “Old Trafford, the Emirates and Wembley all rolled into one”.
Dettori proclaimed: “I’m gob smacked after what I’ve seen, and I just can’t find the words to describe the amazing experience of racing at the Meydan racecourse, it’s just out of this world.”
Boasting a 1.6km grandstand with a capacity of 60,000 spectators, Meydan is the world’s largest racing facility and with estimated costs reported to be up to $2.7 billion, it is also the most expensive. With a vision for Meydan to be used even on non-racing days, the complex also comprises a luxury 5 star trackside hotel, an IMAX cinema, a marina and a racing museum.
Following the unveiling of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, at the beginning of the month, the opening of the world’s largest racecourse is another display of defiant Dubai’s commitment to its status as a world leading leisure destination.
Source: The Guardian, The Press Association and Arabian Business