Meydan Racecourse

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Meydan Racecourse
Location Meydan City, Dubai
Coordinates 25°09′22″N 55°18′24″E / 25.1561024°N 55.3065491°E / 25.1561024; 55.3065491Coordinates: 25°09′22″N 55°18′24″E / 25.1561024°N 55.3065491°E / 25.1561024; 55.3065491
Owned by Dubai Racing Club
Date opened 27 March 2010 [1]
Course type Flat
Notable races Dubai World Cup
Official website

Meydan Racecourse is a horse racing facility located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It opened on 27 March 2010,[1] replacing Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, which formerly occupied the same site. It can accommodate over 60,000 spectators in a 1 mile-long grandstand. When not used for races it will serve as a business and conference integrated facility. A horse racing museum and gallery are also planned. The development also includes a nine-hole golf course. The 7.5 million m² Meydan Racecourse includes Meydan Marina, The Meydan – the world's first five-star track-side hotel with 285 rooms, two race tracks and the Grandstand, which comprises a hotel, restaurants, a racing museum and 72 corporate suites for entertaining throughout the year. It has a 2,400 metre left-handed turf race track and a left-handed 8.75-furlong (1,750 metres) Tapeta synthetic dirt course. It operates from November through March and features the Winter Racing Challenge, Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup Night. The Dubai World Cup is the world's richest race day with over US$26.25 million in prize money.

The Racecourse district occupies 67 million square feet (620 ha); the overall Meydan City development however is 200 million square feet (1,900 ha). It is divided into four sub-districts: Meydan Racecourse, Meydan Metropolis, Meydan Horizons, and Meydan Godolphin Parks. Meydan is closely affiliated with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Lady Gaga performed there on 10 September 2014 as part of her world tour, Artrave: The Artpop Ball.

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  1. ^ a b Leslie Wilson Jr; Aya Lowe (December 15, 2009). "Meydan race course construction on track". Gulf News. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 

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