Dubai World Cup 2025

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WHEN IS THE NEXT DUBAI WORLD CUP?

29th Mar 2025

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DUBAI WORLD CUP

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DUBAI WORLD CUP

RACE OVERVIEW

The Dubai World Cup, envisioned and brought to life by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, celebrated its inaugural race in 1996.

From the sands of the Arabian Desert emerged not just a race, but a symbol of luxury, ambition, and international competition. This race reshaped the global horse racing landscape, setting new benchmarks in prize money and international participation.

Dubbed as one of the richest horse races in the world, the Dubai World Cup boasts a staggering purse, attracting the crème de la crème of the horse racing world.

Held annually at the Meydan Racecourse, this race brings together an elite field of thoroughbreds from across the globe. The Meydan, a state-of-the-art facility, is a spectacle in itself, embodying Dubai's love for extravagance and innovation.

The Race Format

The Dubai World Cup is run over a distance of 2,000 meters (approximately 1.25 miles) on a dirt track. This test of speed and endurance is a true challenge for the world's finest thoroughbreds, aged four years and older.

Taking place annually on the final Saturday of March, the Dubai World Cup is a highlight of the Dubai World Cup Night of races. Since its 2019 edition, the race has boasted a purse of $12 million, and is now the second richest horse race in the world — second only to the Saudi Cup which has a prize purse of $20 million.

The event is a Group 1 flat race on dirt, open to Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbreds aged four and older, and Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbreds aged three and older. Spanning a distance of 2,000 meters (approximately 10 furlongs).

Originally hosted at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse until 2009, the race moved to the new Meydan Racecourse in 2010, where it was initially run on March 27 on an all-weather surface called Tapeta. However, in 2015, the race returned to a dirt track due to the high maintenance costs of Tapeta and its lack of popularity among American entrants.

More than just a race, the Dubai World Cup is a cultural extravaganza. From fashion shows to live entertainment, it's a day where the sport of kings meets the pinnacle of luxury lifestyle. It's a social event that captures the imagination of the international elite.

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TRENDS & STATS

From the legendary jockeys and trainers who have left their mark on the Meydan Racecourse to the nuanced predictors of equine success, this section is tailored for enthusiasts eager to understand what really goes on behind the scenes of this glittering spectacle.

Whether you're a seasoned aficionado or a curious newcomer, these insights offer a unique lens into the heart of the Dubai World Cup.

Current Jockey Standouts

In recent times, Frankie Dettori remains the most successful rider in terms of wins (four since the race began). He equals the record with Jerry Bailey. 

Belgium jockey Christophe Soumillon has two wins to his name.

Trainer Achievements

  • Saeed bin Suroor's Record: With nine victories, Saeed bin Suroor is the leading trainer at the Dubai World Cup, including winning seven out of the last 23 races. His most notable achievement was with Thunder Snow, achieving back-to-back wins in 2018 and 2019.
  • American Trainers' Consistency: American trainers Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert, and Steven Asmussen show a higher top-three finish rate than Suroor, with more than half of their entries placing since 2002.

Key Predictors of Success

  • Age Factor: Four-year-olds have historically performed best at the Meydan track, with eight wins and 17 placed finishes from 80 entries. In contrast, horses older than six have only secured five victories.
  • Nationality of Horses: Despite the recent dominance of American thoroughbreds, Irish-bred horses hold a superior record in the Middle East. Out of 34 Irish entries since 2002, five have won, with an additional six making the podium. British thoroughbreds have a lesser but still notable podium presence.

International Presence

  • South American Success: Horses bred in South America have shown strong performances, with notable winners from Argentina and Brazil in 2007 and 2010, respectively.

Experience vs. Favouritism

  • Changing Dynamics: The race's predictability has become more challenging, with favorites winning only three of the last 13 editions. However, previous experience at Meydan is proving beneficial, with seven winners since 2009 having competed in the race before.
  • Experience Counts: This trend of experienced horses succeeding bodes well for repeat attempts, as evidenced by the past winners who improved on their previous performances to clinch victory in subsequent years.

The Dubai World Cup remains a race where past experience, horse age, and breed origin play critical roles in predicting success.

ENTRY

TICKETS & PRICING

General Public Access

  • The ticket price for the General Public access at the Dubai World Cup, which includes the outdoor grandstand seating and access to the interior food court on the Mezzanine Floor, is AED 20.00. When converted to US dollars, this amounts to approximately $5.40.

Apron Views

  • The ticket price for Apron Views at the Dubai World Cup, offering a vibrant social village atmosphere with food and beverage options in an outdoor setting, including the Style Stakes competition, is AED 295.00. When converted to US dollars, this amounts to approximately $79.65.

Travel Packages

For the Dubai World Cup 2024, Racing Breaks offers various flight-inclusive experience packages. These packages are based on a four-night stay, but longer durations are available. The prices for these packages, as listed on the Racing Breaks website, are as follows:

  1. Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City 5-Star:

    • Early Booking Price: £1,295 per person.
    • Standard Price: £1,395 per person​​.
  2. JW Marriott Marquis 5-Star:

    • Early Booking Price: £1,695 per person.
    • Standard Price: £1,795 per person​​.
  3. Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah 5-Star:

    • Early Booking Price: £1,995 per person.
    • Standard Price: £2,095 per person​​.
  4. The Ritz Carlton Dubai 5-Star:

    • Early Booking Price: £2,995 per person.
    • Standard Price: £3,095 per person​​.
  5. Atlantis the Royal 5-Star:

    • Early Booking Price: £4,295 per person.
    • Standard Price: £4,395 per person​​.

Racing Breaks offers a comprehensive and luxurious experience for the Dubai World Cup 2024. With packages starting from £1,295 per person, guests can enjoy a blend of comfort, style, and excitement. These packages not only include prime viewing tickets but also a comfortable stay at some of Dubai's most prestigious hotels, ensuring a memorable experience.

MEYDAN

VISITOR TIPS

Traveling to Dubai

  • Airport: Dubai International Airport, with connections from 90 airlines.
  • Flight Options: Emirates for direct flights; budget options include Norwegian Air Shuttle, Condor, Air Arabia, and Virgin Atlantic. British Airways offers competitive flights from Europe.

Getting Tickets

  • General Admission: Around $10USD for grandstand and mezzanine food court access. Purchase at the racetrack.
  • Apron Views: Preferred for trackside viewing and Style Stakes access.
  • Premium Sections: The Premium and Gallery areas for enhanced track views.

Getting to the Track

  • By Taxi: Direct from downtown Dubai.
  • By Metro: To Business Bay Metro Station, then a taxi to Meydan.
  • Metro Ticket: A Red Ticket for approximately $25USD grants 5 daily passes.

A Night at the Dubai World Cup

  • Ambiance: Lavish event with international cuisine, Style Stakes, and celebrity spotting.
  • Racing Action: World-class horse racing under the lights.

Where to Stay

  • Luxury: Meydan Marina for a premium experience.
  • Mid-Range: Options in Dubai’s Design District.
  • Budget-Friendly: The Rove Downtown near the airport.

Watching on TV

  • Remote Viewing: Via TV sports packages or streaming on RacingTV.com.

Dress Code Policy

  • General Admission: Casual attire.
  • Apron Views and Hospitality Areas:
    • Gentlemen and Boys (12+): Smart or national dress; no shorts, sportswear, or flip-flops.
    • Ladies and Girls (12+): Smart or national dress; modest dresses/skirts.

Children's Policy

  • General Admission:
    • Children 12+ require adult tickets.
    • Children 11 and under: AED 10 per ticket.
  • Apron Views and Hospitality Areas: All ages welcome with full-price tickets.

This guide combines essential information about the Dubai World Cup, from racecourse location and ticketing to travel, accommodation, viewing options, and dress code, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

EARLY YEARS

HISTORY

In the thrilling world of horse racing, the Dubai World Cup stands as a pinnacle event, a blend of opulence, competition, and international allure.

Since its inception in 1996, this illustrious race has not only catapulted Dubai into the limelight of global sporting excellence but has also embodied the city's meteoric rise as a hub of luxury and leisure.

Let's take a gallop through the fascinating history of the Dubai World Cup, exploring its origins, significant milestones, and its evolution into a cultural phenomenon that transcends the boundaries of traditional horse racing.

The Visionary Beginnings

It all began with a vision. The Dubai World Cup owes its existence to the ambitious dream of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Conceived as a cornerstone event to showcase Dubai’s grandeur and hospitality, the first Dubai World Cup took place at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. This event was more than just a race; it was an invitation to the world, a showcase of Dubai’s aspirations.

It immediately drew global attention, attracting elite participants from across the globe, and set the stage for a new era in the world of horse racing.

Rising to Global Prominence

From the very first race, the Dubai World Cup was set on an international pedestal. Marked by its unparalleled prize money and glamorous setting, it quickly became one of the most coveted events in the horse racing calendar.

This race wasn’t just a contest of speed and agility; it was a statement of luxury, excellence, and global connectivity. Each year, the event attracted the best thoroughbred horses, jockeys, and trainers from around the world, making it a melting pot of global talent and competition.

A New Home: Meydan Racecourse

The year 2010 marked a significant milestone in the history of the Dubai World Cup.

The event was moved to the newly built Meydan Racecourse, a marvel of modern architecture and technological advancement.

The Meydan Racecourse, with its expansive grandstand and state-of-the-art facilities, reflected Dubai’s modernity and ambition. This new venue offered an upgraded experience to spectators and participants alike, with luxury and comfort befitting the grandeur of the event. The Meydan Racecourse became a symbol of Dubai’s commitment to hosting world-class events.

Memorable Moments

Over the years, the Dubai World Cup has been graced with historic moments and legendary performances that have become etched in the lore of horse racing.

The inaugural win by Cigar in 1996 set a high standard for the races to follow.

Thunder Snow's back-to-back victories in 2018 and 2019 further solidified the race's stature in the global horse racing community.

Renowned jockeys like Frankie Dettori and esteemed trainers such as Saeed bin Suroor have become synonymous with success at the Dubai World Cup, setting records and creating unforgettable moments that resonate with fans worldwide.

Navigating Challenges

The Dubai World Cup has not been without its challenges. Like any significant global event, it has faced economic fluctuations and global crises, adapting and evolving through each. Its resilience and ability to innovate have been pivotal in maintaining its high standards and global appeal.

Whether it's integrating technological advancements or adapting to changing global circumstances, the Dubai World Cup has consistently showcased its commitment to excellence.

A Cultural Spectacle

Today, the Dubai World Cup transcends the bounds of horse racing. It has grown into a cultural and social extravaganza, a day where sport meets style, and the world watches in awe.

The event showcases not just the finest in horse racing but also the latest in fashion and entertainment. The Dubai World Cup is a celebration of the spirit and elegance of horse racing, combined with the luxurious lifestyle and hospitality that Dubai is renowned for.

The Dubai World Cup’s history is a testament to Dubai's transformation from a desert city to a global metropolis.

As we look forward to the next chapter in the Dubai World Cup’s history, it's clear that this event will continue to evolve, mirroring the dynamic spirit of Dubai itself.

QUESTIONS

FAQs

  1. Can You Bet in Dubai?

    • Betting and gambling are illegal in the UAE. However, the Dubai World Cup offers a free-to-enter Pick 6 online prediction competition, where participants predict the winners of six races for a chance to win cash prizes.
  2. What is the Dress Code for the Dubai World Cup?

    • The dress code varies by area. In general, smart or national dress is required in hospitality areas, with casual attire acceptable in general admission areas.
  3. How Can International Visitors Purchase Tickets?

  4. Are Children Allowed at the Dubai World Cup?

    • Yes, children are allowed. There are specific ticket prices and policies for children depending on the area. In some areas, children of certain ages may enter for free or at a reduced cost.
  5. What Are the Transportation Options to Meydan Racecourse?

    • Visitors can take a taxi directly to the racecourse, especially if staying downtown. Alternatively, the Dubai Metro to the Business Bay Metro Station followed by a short taxi ride is another option.
  6. Is There a Specific Area for International Visitors?

    • While there’s no specific area exclusively for international visitors, the Dubai World Cup offers various hospitality packages catering to an international audience, offering luxury experiences with global appeal.
  7. What Kind of Food and Beverage Options Are Available?

    • The event offers a range of international cuisine options. From casual fare in the food court to fine dining in hospitality areas, there are choices to suit all tastes and preferences.
  8. What Are the Highlights of the Dubai World Cup Night Apart from Racing?

    • Beyond horse racing, the Dubai World Cup night is known for its vibrant cultural shows, fashion events like the Style Stakes, and a variety of entertainment options, making it a comprehensive social event.

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