Dubai World Cup 2016: A day at the world’s richest race

The highly anticipated Dubai World Cup 2016 is just around the corner and this year promises a host of exciting activities to fill your schedule. The event is set to take place on 26 March at the Meydan Racecourse and will mark the end of the UAE racing season. Ticket prices start at AED 25 per person for general admission and extend up to AED 2,500 per person for premium packages including reserved seating and dining.

Plan your day at the Dubai World Cup 2016

You can kick off your day at the races by exploring the Meydan Grandstand where you can enjoy stunning views of the race tracks. Between the track and Meydan Grandstand lies the Apron Views. Here you can socialize with fellow enthusiasts on all things equestrian at one of its several lounges including the famous Bubble Lounge. In the lead up to the races, grab a bite to eat at one of the food and beverage outlets dotting the venue. In addition to the excitement of watching the horse races, you can enjoy fashion, music concerts, and a variety of culinary experiences during the World Cup 2016. The races start in the afternoon and run well into the evening – so you’ll have plenty of time to discover all that’s on offer on the day.

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Dubai World Cup by Jaguar MENA

Equestrian culture meets fashion at the Dubai World Cup 2016

A particularly popular event at the Dubai World Cup is the Jaguar Style Stakes. This competition awards the most stylishly dressed men and women with prizes including a Jaguar F-Type, designer watches, cash prizes and hotel stay packages. The competition has become an iconic element of the Dubai World Cup, attracting hundreds of participants each year. Picture one-of-a-kind hats and ensembles adorning visitors and you’ll get an idea of what to expect.

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Jaguar Style Stakes by Jaguar MENA

If you’re looking to shop the perfect outfit for the races, consider visiting The BurJuman International Millinery Exhibition. Held yearly at BurJuman Mall to coincide with the World Cup, this well-known exhibition brings together designers from all over the world, promising a wide selection of unique fashion pieces to get you ready for the races.

Catch Janet Jackson’s closing performance

Every year, the Dubai World Cup features a performance by an international artist and this year Janet Jackson is set to take the stage on 26 March. You’ll be able to catch Jackson’s performance at the Apron Views. Tickets for the Apron Views start at AED 450 and include access to the concert.

Beyond the races: attend a music concert and visit the Classic Car Festival

While you’re in Dubai, you can attend a number of major events taking place at the end of March. Head to The Venue for international music star Nicki Minaj’s concert. As part of her Pink Print Tour, the singer will be performing in Dubai on 25 March. This is a highly popular event and tickets are expected to sell out fast, so make sure you’ve bought yours in advance.

Fans of classic cars are in for a treat at the 8th Emirates Classic Car Festival which runs from 24 March to 27 March. Occurring annually at the Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, the festival boasts a truly unique collection of privately owned, classic and rare cars and motorbikes.

Tips for travellers:

When planning your Dubai World Cup trip, make sure to buy your tickets, book your flights and hotel stay in advance as this is a popular event that draws in scores of visitors from all over the world. As the World Cup is an outdoor event, it is best to pack sunscreen, some comfortable footwear and ensure that you stay hydrated throughout the day.

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