UAE Racing Tips & Dubai Racing Tips
Horse racing is a massive part of the sporting culture in the UAE. Many of flat racings most prestigious owners, like Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and the famous Godolphin operation are based in the UAE, and contribute massively to breeding projects all over the world.
Meydan Horse Racing
Meydan, found in Dubai, is the UAE's most famous racecourse. Meydan racecourse was opened in 2010 and it's said this vast amphirtheatre, which holds 60,000 passionate spectators, cost around £1.25bil to build.
All seven Group One races take place at Meydan, during their popular Dubai World Cup Festival. This meeting comes to a thrilling climax on Dubai World Cup Night at the end of March, where lucrative prizes like the Dubai Turf, Al Quoz Sprint, the Jebel Hatta and the Dubai World Cup itself will be up for grabs.
Jebel Ali racecourse was built in 1990. Designed by Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trainer, Dhruba Selvaratnam, the original grandstand was redeveloped in 1995, and the stadium now holds around 2000 spectators.
The biggest races to be staged at Jebel Ali during the year is the Jebel Ali Mile, run on a lightniong-fast dirt track. Other notable races to be held here include the Jebel Ali Stakes and the Jebel Ali Sprint.
The Abu Dhabi racecourse and equestrian club was founded by former president of Abu Shabi, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Although the racecourse was built back in 1976, it was only opened to public racing in 1991, and the grandstand was expanded to hold over 5000 spectators in 2011.
The Abu Dhabi Championships take place at Abu Dhabi racecourse, the final of which holds Group Three status. Abu Dhabi racecourse also hosts races like the President Cup and the National Day Cup.
The King Abdulaziz Racetrack is the most famous racecourse in Saudi Arabia. The track is located in Riyadh, and is often referred to as Riyadh on International racing websites.
In 2020, the Saudi Cup was introduced to the horse racing schedule. A stunning first prize of £20m makes the Saudi Cup the most lucrative horse racing in the world, overtaking the Pegasus World Cup, the Dubai World Cup and the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Horse racing has only recently come to Bahrain. In 2019, the Bahrain International Trophy was created, and the event has drawn top flat racers from across countries like Britain, Ireland, America and the US to Bahrain to battle it out for this lucrative prize.