UAE Racecourse Guides

The United Arab Emirates boasts a long affinity with the sport of horse racing. Many of the sport's leading owners and benefactors are based in the UAE, including Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, who founded Godolphin Stud and owns Darley Stables.

Sheikh Mohammed organised the first official horse race that was staged in Dubai back in 1981. In 1992, the Dubai Racing Club helped develop the sport in the UAE, and horse racing quickly established itself as the most popular spectator sport in the region.


UAE Racecourse Guides

  • Meydan Tips

Track History

Nad Al Sheba Racecourse is the oldest racecourse in Dubai, having been built in 1992. In 2010, the state-of-the-art Meydan Racecourse was opened, and it soon replaced Nad Al Sheba as the home of horse racing in the UAE.

In recent years, horse racing has spread to other regions of the UAE. The lucrative Saudi Cup was first held at Riyadh Racecourse in 2020. Later that same year, Rashid Racecourse staged the first running of the Bahrain International Trophy.

Track Characteristics

Meydan Racecourse features both a dirt and a turf track. Both courses are wide, flat, oval-shaped courses, with long sweeping turns.

Given the long home straight at Meydan, it is possible for horses to make up late ground and win from off the pace. Generally, it pays to be up with the speed though, as front-runners can be hard to peg back.

Major Meetings

The most famous meeting in UAE horse racing is the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Between December and March, Meydan Racecourse stages racing on a weekly basis, staging a wide range of Group races and lucrative handicaps.

The Dubai World Cup Carnival culminates with Dubai World Cup Night, held at Meydan at the end of March. $30m in prize money will be handed out during the card, as lucrative races like the Dubai Turf, Sheema Classic and Dubai World Cup are played out.

UAE Racing Tips

We'll publish our best bets at Meydan during each week of the Dubai World Cup Carnival. We'll cover all major Group One contests with feature previews, while also publishing through-the-card tips on Dubai World Cup Night.

Free previews of other big races like the Saudi Cup and the Bahrain International Trophy can be found on the UAE horse racing tips section of our website.

UAE Horse Racing Live Stream

The best place to watch horse racing would be on your television, in the comfort of your own home. Sometimes, that isn't possible. Our busy lives often get in the way, and we have to watch horse racing on the go.

Visit the horse racing live streaming page on our website to find out how you can stream UAE horse racing live today.