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Dubai World Cup: Our trip to the UAE's showpiece

What is the Dubai World Cup?

Inaugurated in 1996, this is the brainchild of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, currently serving as ruler of Dubai. The first edition was won by American-trained Cigar, and prizes have flitted from America to Europe and Asia in recent years, as connections from around the world arrive at the 60,000 capacity, half-mile long Meydan Racecourse. On the outskirts of the city, racing starts here around 3:30pm and continues well into the evening, when a spectacular fireworks display rounds off proceedings.

What's the itinerary?

Arriving direct from the UK, we transfer you to your choice of hotel in the city centre. On Thursday morning this year, we were treated to an exclusive tour of UAE Champion Trainer Bhupat Seemar's Zabeel Stables, hosted by Derek 'Tommo' Thompson, who had a hand in creating the Dubai World Cup (UAE Champion Jockey Tadgh O'Shea also dropped by). That evening, we then set out on a sundown desert safari, hopping over dunes and arriving at a camp for inclusive drinks, buffet dinner and entertainment. The following evening, Frankie Dettori and Jim Crowley joined a panel at our exclusive Racing Breaks Preview Evening, hosted by ITV's Rishi Persad and Racing TV's Tom Stanley.

What happened during 2023's edition?

This year's feature race went to Japan, with the Noboru Takagi-trained Ushba Tesora striking ahead of British hope Algiers. Our ambassador, Frankie Dettori, was unplaced in the World Cup, but did secure a third victory in the Dubai Turf aboard Lord North. Elsewhere, another Japanese raider, Equinox, impressed in the Sheema Classic, going clear of Irish Derby winning Westover by three lengths.

What about exploring Dubai?

This glittering city is sandwiched between the Arabian desert and the Persian Gulf. Enjoy a round of golf, go snorkling, or ascend the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. We can assist you with a multitude of additional activities, making your stay in the Middle East a memorable one.


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