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Hello and a very warm welcome to all of you in Dubai, the UAE, and all around the world. The day has finally arrived and here we are at the iconic Meydan Racecourse for the landmark 25th anniversary of the prestigious Dubai World Cup.

And as always, the Khaleej Times team will be providing coverage right through the day and night’s action, which will culminate in the big one of them all — the $12 million Dubai World Cup.

You will not miss a beat and you can hear it straight from the horse’s mouth!

Catch all the updates live here.


3:10pm

Nine races, a generous prize purse of $26.5 million

Getting back to the action, we are little less than an hour away from the first race of the Dubai World Cup, this afternoon. And to jog your memory, the Dubai World Cup, traditionally held on the last Saturday of March, features nine races with a generous prize purse of $26.5 million.

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There are six Group 1 affairs and three Group 3 contests, with Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic, a race for Purebred Arabians, shifting things into gear.

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3:20pm

Guests up glam quotient with fascinating hats

The invited guests of the Dubai World Cup kept with one of the most facinating aspects of the races: Hats worn by the ladies.

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The Dubai World Cup goes beyond just being a sporting event, it is a social one that is a big part of Dubai’s landscape. Apart from it being a celebration of all things horses, it also celebrates people who love horses.

Every year, racing fans from all around the globe arrive to witness the event and are dressed to their nines at the races. And those hats worn by the ladies are a definite highlight with all its different hues and colours

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2:50pm

Photos: The 25th anniversary of the Dubai World Cup will be reserved for limited guest counts and seats marked off for social distancing.

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2:40pm

117 horses from 11 countries: A stirring endorsement for Dubai’s resilience amid Covid

Despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dubai World Cup has attracted 117 horses from 11 countries — a stirring endorsement of the UAE and Dubai’s capabilities in hosting world-class events in a safe and secure environment.

There are different bio-bubbles in place for horses, trainers and horse connections, as well as the local and international media, with all undergoing Covid tests prior to entering the venue.


2:30pm

The first Dubai World Cup: How it all started

Just to rewind, the Dubai World Cup was created by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 1996. The inaugural event was held at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse and was won by the William Mott-trained Cigar.

Nad Al Sheba hosted the world cup until 2009, before the now iconic Meydan Racecourse took shape and ran its first event in 2010.


1:50pm

A Covid-safe event

Just to give you all a heads up, last year was to be the 25th anniversary but was postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, to safeguard the health of all participants.

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This year, the event is taking place behind closed doors and as has been the case in the UAE, which had set the gold standard when it comes to health and security protocols, the organisers have gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of all the participants.

“There will be complete control to maintain the safety of those present,” said Mohammed Issa Al Adhab, Director-General of the Dubai Equestrian Club.

“And thank the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, and the Security Committee of the Dubai Police and all partners for the support where working groups were formed whose main concern was to ensure the safety of all participants, including owners, knights, guests and take care of their safety while they are in the race,” he added.

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