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The grandstand at Meydan
|Location||Meydan City, Dubai|
|Owned by||Dubai Racing Club|
|Date opened||27 March 2010 |
|Notable races||Dubai World Cup|
Meydan Racecourse is a racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The grandstand is the longest single structure in the world, reaching over a mile in length, and can accommodate over 60,000 spectators in a mile-long grandstand.
Meydan opened on 27 March 2010, replacing Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, which formerly occupied the same site. It includes a horse racing museum, gallery and five-star hotel and nine-hole golf course. When not in use for racing it serves as a business and conference centre.
The Meydan grandstand
The 7.5 million m² Meydan Racecourse includes Meydan Marina, The Meydan, the world's first five-star trackside 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 m left-handed turf race track and a left-handed 8.75-furlong (1,750 m) 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 ft² (620 ha); the overall Meydan City development however is 200 million ft² (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. The racecourse has also hosted concerts by Elton John and Santana. Kylie Minogue performed there on 28 March 2015, at the end of the Dubai World Cup. Janet Jackson performed there on 26 March 2016, at the end of the Dubai World Cup.
Dubai World Cup
The Dubai World Cup is run at Meydan on the last Saturday of March.