Dubai World Cup

Meydan Racecourse, venue for the Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is a horse race first held in 1996 and with a purse of $12 million, is one of the world’s richest. It is a Group 1 flat race run over a distance of 2,000 metres or about 10 furlongs.

Thunder Snow is the only horse to of won the race more than once, winning in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 race was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


When is the Dubai World Cup?

The Dubai World Cup Carnival is a series of race meetings held from January to March, culminating in Dubai World Cup night on the final Saturday in March.

The Dubai World Cup race itself is the last of nine races on the night, a series of eight thoroughbred horse races and one Purebred Arabian race.


Where is the Dubai World Cup?

The race has been held at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai since 2010. Prior to then, it was ran at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

Address: Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba – Dubai – United Arab Emirates


How do I get to the Dubai World Cup?

The Meydan Racecourse is part of Dubai Meydan City, a development approximately 12 kilometres east of downtown Dubai.

Airport – The Dubai International Airport is the primary airport in the UAE, being the hub for the country’s flag carrier – Emirates, as well as the low-cost carrier flydubai. There are over 140 airlines that offer flights to over 270 destinations across all continents of the world from the airport.

The airport is located 18 kilometres from the racecourse, with a taxi journey taking around 20 minutes.

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Driving & Parking – From the Sheikh Zayed Road, take the 2nd interchange and turn left onto Al Meydan Road before following the signs to the racecourse. The grandstand at Meydan has covered parking for 8,600 cars.

Metro – The nearest metro station is Al Jafiliya, however it is approximately a 15 minute drive away.


How do I get tickets to the Dubai World Cup?

To purchase tickets and for further ticket information, consult the ticketing section of the official website here.


Where to Stay in Dubai

The onsite Meydan Hotel offers a number of rooms overlooking the racecourse.

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Further Information

Dubai Racing Club Official Website

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