Horse Racing: Dubai

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4,114 km2
2,262,000 (2009)

Following instructions by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, the Nad Al Sheba track was laid down in 1986 with the construction of the original Maktoum Grandstand following two years later. The first racing meeting was staged in 1992 with the Maktoum Grandstand undergoing expansion and refurbishment in 1993, 1999 and again in 2000. The futuristic Millennium Grandstand, described as the best of its kind, offering unparalleled viewing and hospitality facilities was opened on Dubai World Cup day 2001.

Feature Race: Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The race is operated through the Emirates Horse Racing Authority (EHRA) whose Chairman is Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs of United Arab Emirates.

The race was the creation of the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who owns Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing, one of the world\'s leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.

Part of the Dubai World Cup Night of races, it has a purse of USD 6 million since 2004. It is a Group 1 flat race on dirt for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up run over a distance of 2,000 metres (10 furlongs) in late March.

The race\'s first winner was the future United States Hall of Fame thoroughbred, Cigar, owned by Allen E. Paulson.

In 2006 the Dubai World Cup was broadcast live on TVG Network and HRTV and taped later for showing on ABC. It was the first time that the race was shown on national TV in the United States.

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