Dubai World Cup 2013: The Ultimate Guide

21 Mar 2013

From style and studio snaps to tickets and timings, here's all you need to know ahead of the big day!

Described as the pinnacle of the Dubai sporting calendar and the richest horse race in the world (there's only a cool Dhs36.7 million up for grabs on the day!), the Dubai World Cup is a big deal. However, if you’re anything like us, the main thing on your mind will be the fashion factor! The races are right around the corner, Saturday 30 March 2013 to be precise, and you’re probably beginning to panic about what to wear, how to do your hair and how to get there! Worry no more, we’ve covered all areas!

Race Overview
There are nine races on the day with the first starting at 4.30pm and the last at 10.05pm. Trust us, it’ll be worth the wait because the winner will scoop up a $10 million (Dhs36.7 million) prize! There has never been a horse that has won twice in Dubai World Cup’s 13 years of existence but this may just be the year if 2012 winner Monterroso works his magic!

Race Timings
4.30pm: Dubai Kahayla Classic (Group One)
5.10pm: Godolphin Mile (Group Two)
5.45pm: Dubai Gold Cup (Group Three)
6.25pm: UAE Derby (Group Two)
7.05pm: Al Quoz Sprint (Group One)
7.45pm: Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group One)
8.40pm: Dubai Duty Free (Group One)
9.20pm: Dubai Sheema Classic (Group One)
10.05pm: Dubai World Cup

Race Money
There are astonishing prizes for the winners of each race! Race one (the Kahalya Classic) awards $250,000 (Dhs918,225), the Godolphin Mile, the Dubai Gold Cup and the Al Quoz Sprint have prize money of $1m (Dhs3.67 million) each, the UAE Derby and the Dubai Golden Shaheen offer $2m (Dhs7.34 million) each. The stakes get even higher with the Dubai Duty Free race and the Dubai Sheema Classic, each awarding $5m (Dhs18.36 million). The most extravagant race is the Dubai World Cup, of course, which offers the jaw-dropping $10m (Dhs36.7 million) prize!

This year, you can dare to be different! Instead of a regular dress why not opt for a cute playsuit in a bright colour, paired with a nice pair of heels (the day is likely to consist of a lot of standing so it might be an idea to leave the sky-scraper heels at home) and a fabulous hat/fascinator. If you do fancy wearing a dress, try a maxi dress in a pastel colour paired with some embellished sandals or wedges. These ensembles will take you from day to night without any changes required. Have a look at our race day fashion pages to get some more ideas and tips!

Just like the horses on the day, you need to be on your best form! Head to Ahlan!'s studios at Apron Views, ideal for getting memorable snaps of the day with your friends and family, and the chance to appear in our Dubai World Cup Souvenir magazine. Be sure to pre-register on to beat the queues.
There is also the Jaguar Style Stakes, prizes in which include a 2013 Jaguar XK Coupe and categories like the Most Creative Hat and Longines Most Elegant Lady. However, you have to be selected for the Longines category, and it comes as no surprise because the prize is a ladies’ watch from the new Conquest Classic collection, which features rose gold, set with 30 diamonds and a white mother-of-pearl dial. Flashy or what? Who knows, you could be the winner... check out our top tips from this year's Jaguar Style Stakes judges to find out what they're expecting from stylish racegoers.  

Looking good isn’t easy and it builds up quite an appetite. There are myriad places to eat and drink at Meydan including Tiered restaurant, Turf Lounge, Horsemen’s Lounge, Parade Ring restaurant and Sky Bubble. Don’t forget to visit Irish Village for a relaxed and fun atmosphere!

The RTA will be providing plenty of taxis so you won’t have to hike home in heels!

INFO: Tickets from Dhs 350 (General Admission); Gates open at 1pm, races start at 4:30pm; Saturday 30 March, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, 04 327 0077,,; RTA Dubai, 04 208 0808.