posted on 31/03/2007: 233 views
The future of horse racing in Dubai was unveiled yesterday with pomp and ceremony on the Beach Arena at Mina Salaam, Madinat Jumeirah.
And it looked radiant.
In two and a half years time Dubai will have a state-of-the-art horse racing city called Meydan inclusive of luxury hotels and a sky-bubble restaurant, entertainment clubs, a concourse plaza, iconic towers and a boat-house.
The timing could not have been better, with Dubai set to host the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horserace at Nad Al Sheba today. Some of the world's best thoroughbreds will be vying for prize money totalling a staggering $21 million.
More than 50,000 race goers are expected to watch the seven races, with the first race starting at 5pm.
Meydan horse city will also include a dirt and turf race track, new stables and training tracks, receiving barns and a Godolphin gallery and museum. Details of the project were unveiled in a presentation for His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Also present was Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. A senior Emirates Racing Authority official said the project's deadline is October 2009. (Gulf News)
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