Created through the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai World Cup provides a truly global stage upon which the best horses in the world come to compete every year.
The event wraps up with a spectacular entertainment show and this year’s headliner is world-renowned ‘Hollaback Girl’, Gwen Stefani.
On March 30, 2019, the Dubai World Cup meeting is set to enhance its status as the world’s richest day of horse racing. Total purses for the card, which will feature six Group 1 and three Group 2 fixtures, will increase from USD$30 million to $35 million.
Its namesake race, the Group 1 Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline, receives a $2 million boost to $12 million and boasts a $7.2 million purse to the winner; the highest first-place prize in global thoroughbred racing.
The biggest sporting and social occasion on the Dubai calendar, the record US$35m race day is held at Meydan Racecourse on the last Saturday in March.
It is the pinnacle of the UAE racing season.