Dubai World Cup 2019: your ultimate guide

The event is the pinnacle of the UAE season – here's everything you need to know...

Dubai World Cup 2019: your ultimate guide

The Dubai World Cup is the world's richest day of horseracing, with top jockeys heading to Meydan Racecourse in a bid to win part of a $35million prize pot.

The event is the pinnacle of the UAE season, featuring nine high-class races every year on the last Saturday in March.

This year, it's being held on Saturday March 30, with the first race at 3.45pm. Gates open at noon on the day, so you'll want to be heading over early to get the best views.

The Dubai World Cup itself, which was won last year by Thunder Snow, takes place at 8.50pm.

Time Out Dubai will be bringing you live coverage throughout the day with galleries of all the best outfits, hats and action from the track. Click here to see the top pictures from last year's races.

There will also be plenty of entertainment, with Grammy Award-winning pop legend Gwen Stefani set to headline a huge concert at the end of the night.

There are plenty of options for tickets if you'd like to head along, starting at Dhs350 for Apron Views going all the way up to Dhs3,500 for access to the Nad Al Sheba Suite in hospitality. For kids under the age of 12, it's free to enter.

The Dubai World Cup was set up by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and owner of Goldophin and Darley Stud – a massive player in the world’s leading horse racing and breeding operations.

The first race was held at the now defunct Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in 1996 when it was won by the legendary US star Cigar, ridden by Jerry Bailey.

The jockey holds the title for the most wins in the race, as he went on to win it three more times. The race has been held at Meydan since 2006.

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