Horseracing in Dubai overview
Dubai is not only famous for its camel races, but for its horse races as well. In the UAE, the Emirates Racing Authority governs over the rules and regulations of horse racing. The races take place at four racecourses across the UAE. The racecourses are located in Dubai (Meydan), Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali and Sharjah. Horse races are held from October until the end of March.
There are two breeds of Arabian racehorses: Thoroughbred and Purebred Arabian horses. Thoroughbred racehorses can be traced back to three of the founding stallions which were Godolphin Arabian, Darley Arabian and Byerley Turk. There are also Purebred Arabian horses which are smaller than Thoroughbred horses.
Dubai World Cup
The Dubai World Cup is a Thoroughbred horse race. It is the richest horse race in the world. It is held at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai and is operated by the Emirates Racing Authority. The race takes place on the last Saturday in March annually.
The Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse is 1.5 kilometers and has seating for up to 60,000 people. There is a 1,750-meter dirt track and a 2,400-meter turf track at the racecourse.
Stable Tours at Meydan Racecourse
Stable tours are given at Meydan Racecourse every Tuesday and Wednesday morning from September until April. The tour includes a buffet breakfast, a stable tour, and a behind the scenes look at Meydan Grandstand.
Dubai International Horse Championship
The Dubai International Horse Championship is a Purebred Arabian horse race. The three-day event is held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center. The events are free of charge and open to the public.
Emirates Equestrian Center
The Emirates Equestrian Center was founded in 1983. The center is approved by the British Horse Society and is home to a riding school, livery yard, Dubai Pony Club and the Dubai Show Jumping Team. The center is equipped with a cross-country course, equipment for training in dressage, a jumping arena and more. Lessons are given at the Emirates Equestrian Center for both children and adults.