Dubai World Cup
is an annual horse-racing event that started in 1996 and happens
at the Nad Al Sheba race course in Dubai, UAE (United Arab
Emirates). The horse race happens at the end of March, near
the time of the Dubai
Shopping Festival [DSF] and is sponsored by Emirates Airlines
and is worth US$ 6 Million, making it the richest horse race
in the world.
The Nad Al Sheba racecourse is 10 minutes from the main city,
and is a 2.2 kilometers (1.36 miles) left handed dirt track
which was first laid out in 1986 and resurfaced in 1997 before
the Dubai WorldCup 98.
There are seven races during the horse event; six for thoroughbreds
and one for purebred Arabians. Four of the six thoroughbred
events are Group I level, which are the Dubai World Cup, the
US$ 2 Million Dubai Duty Free, the US$ 2 Million Dubai Sheema
Classic and the US$ 2 Million Dubai Golden Shaheen. The other
two thoroughbred events are Group II level, which are the
US$ 2 Million UAE Derby and the US$ 1 Million Godolphin Mile.
The final horse event, purebred Arabian race, is the Dubai
Kahayla Classic which is a Group I status race for US$ 250