Tickets, timings and transport ahead of the big day
Timings On Saturday March 31, there will be nine events on the race card, an increase on last year with the addition of the Dubai Racing Club Gold Cup, which means the total prize money for the day now stands at US$27.25 million. Gates open to the public at 2pm and the first post time is 4.30pm, right up to 9.40pm with the most important – the Dubai World Cup race. The Bubble Lounge and The Irish Village in Apron Views will be open from 2pm (cash-only), so enjoy a drink and a snack while you wait for the action to start. 4.30pm: Dubai Kahayla Classic 5.10pm: Godolphin Mile 5.45pm: Dubai Racing Club Gold Cup 6.25pm: UAE Derby 7pm: Al Quoz Sprint 7.35pm: Dubai Golden Shaheen 8.25pm: Dubai Duty Free 9pm: Dubai Sheema Classic 9.40pm: Dubai World Cup
Prizes The Pick Seven prize draw returns this year, with a chance for spectators to win from a Dhs200,000 prize pool. Free to enter, the competition covers the final seven races on the schedule, with spectators challenged to select the winners of each race – the highest portion of the prize pool goes to those who have the names of all seven winners on their card. Take part in the Jaguar Style Stakes competition (register before 4.30pm) with prizes for the best-dressed lady, man and couple, as well as best hat, most creative hat and most elegant lady.
Transport The RTA will make sure the area is well stocked with taxis to ferry race-goers to and from the event, but at the end of the evening there will also be a shuttle-bus service running from gate B to take people back to various points in the city.
Tickets General admission is Dhs25, which will get you access to a viewing lawn a short walk from the grandstand, while Apron Views (the main area for spectators) is Dhs350 per person, and tickets must be purchased in advance (entry is free for children under 12). No tickets will be available on the day of the Dubai World Cup. Dining packages with premium grandstand seating are available from Dhs1,200 per person, including limited house drinks, afternoon tea and ‘gourmet dinner snacks’. Restaurant packages overlooking the track start from Dhs2,750 per person. The ticket sales office is open Sun-Thu 8am-8pm until March 30, located between gates B and C of the Meydan Grandstand. www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 2110).