Meydan Racecourse

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Meydan Racecourse is one of the best horse racing venues in the World and hosts the Dubai World Cup Night which is the single richest day of Thoroughbred racing in the world.

Meydan Racecourse is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and can accommodate over 60,000 spectators.

The grandstand at Meydan Racecourse is a half mile in length and makes the Ascot Racecourse grandstand looks small (which takes some doing).

In our 2024 Meydan Racecourse guide, we provide all the information about the races, venue and history behind Dubai’s number one horse racing track.

Meydan Racecourse History

Meydan Racecourse opened on 27 March 2010 and replaced the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, which formerly occupied the same site.

Meydan’s horse racing venue includes a horse racing museum, gallery and five-star hotel and nine-hole golf course.

When horse racing fixtures are not scheduled the impressive venue is used as a business conference centre and also used as a filming location for many great films like Star Trek Beyond.

The racecourse has also hosted concerts by Elton John, The Artpop Ball, Santana, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson and Sia.

Meydan horse racing track in Dubai created history as is the world’s first five-star trackside hotel with 285 rooms.

About Meydan Racecourse

Meydan Racecourse has two tracks which are:

  • 2,400m left-handed turf race track
  • 8.75-furlong (1,750 m) left-handed dirt course

Meydan Races operates from November through March and features the Winter Racing Challenge, Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup Night.

Meydan is closely affiliated with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Major Thoroughbred Meydan Races

The major thoroughbreds horse races hosted at Meydan Racecourse include:


If you are ever in Dubai, United Arab Emirates we strongly advise visiting the very impressive Meydan Racecourse.

From personal experience, the team at British Racecourses have voted Meydan Horse Racing Venue to be in the top 3 racecourses in the world.

As the venue includes Meydan Marina, The Meydan Grandstand, the world’s first five-star trackside hotel, two different surface race tracks, restaurants and a horse racing museum it is very impressive to experience.

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