The Dubai World Cup is what big dreams look like when they come alive. A little boy once dreamt of watching the best horses in the world, race in the country he called ‘home’. Perhaps his Bedouin community, which regards horses as God’s special creation, gave more encouragement to that dream.
That little boy was Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, whose dream ultimately realized into a race unlike any. In 1996, for the first time in the long history of horse racing, the best thoroughbred horses of the world competed in a race, giving birth to the legendary Dubai World Cup. The fact that this was (and still is) the richest race in the world, definitely helped this historic gathering.
Meydan Racecourse: The Best Horse Racecourse In The World
Now coming to the venue, there is no other way to describe the Meydan Racecourse, but simply “without a match in the world”. Right from the fact that it has the world’s only 5-star track-side hotel, or to the superlative laden reactions jockeys use to describe the venue, this race course is beautifully unique.
This year, American thoroughbred California Chrome took home the cup in a stunning victory (in a course record time) to win the 10 million dollars Dubai World Cup. All eyes are now on the upcoming World Cup, eager to find out the best racing horse in the world.
Interesting things to do in Dubai:
>> Experience the ‘At the Top Sky’ tour of Dubai 555 metres above the ground, from the highest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.
>> Explore the Dubai mall where 1,200 stores, a giant ice rink, dinosaur skeletons, a colossal aquarium, and indoor theme parks combine together to redefine your experience of going to a mall.
>> Peek into the history and culture of Dubai at the Dubai museum, showcasing every aspect of life from the region’s 4000-year-old history.
>> Take a walk accompanied by the guides from the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding organisation, through the quiet and charming lanes of the Al Fahidi Historic District.
>> Get your adrenaline racing by trying out the ingenious sports of sandboarding, sand surfing, and dune racing.
>> Take a walk in the pristinely beautiful gardens of Madinat Jumeirah.
>> Here are the best things to do in Dubai.