It is no question that Dubai has pushed the limits of architecture to a whole different level. For the Meydan Racecourse, they seem to have spared no expense when it came to the actual structure. The most expensive track in the world took about 34 months to complete together with a budget of $1.2 billion to make.
The racecourse is situated in The Meydan, an equally grandiose hotel city with a total of 285 rooms and 72 corporate suites that accommodate only the richest of the world. Rightfully dubbed as the “world’s richest racecourse,” the place boasts a 2,400 m left-handed turf race track and a left-handed 8.75-furlong (1,750 m) dirt course according to its official Web site.
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It opened its doors last March 27, 2010, revealing its massive structure. To add on its already incomparable grandeur is the fact that the grandstand of Meydan Racecourse holds the title as longest single structure in the world, boasting a capacity of 60,000 people.
To date, the Meydan Racecourse has served as the official venue for three key horse races over Dubai namely: Dubai International Racing Carnival, Winter Racing Challenge, and the International Racing Carnival.
The area where it is situated in is designed to be similar to a mini city itself as it occupies a massive 67 million ft. Other than the racecourse, The Meydan also includes the following areas: The Meydan Metropolis, Meydan Horizons, and Meydan Godolphin Parks.
For Frank Gabriel, the chief executive officer of Dubai Racing, The Meydan is expected to host even more races in the years to come.
“The vision was always that Meydan would be used 365 days a year, which is why there is so much adding that can be used outside racing times,” Gabriel said. “In terms of racing, you always have to be very conscious of the temperature here, but in future, we will definitely look at ways to expand the racing program and add more days, if that would be possible. It is still very hot in September, but the temperature starts to drop around October.”
But The Meydan Racecourse isn’t merely about horse racing, etc. The likes of Lady Gaga, Santana, and even Sir Elton John have held concerts there.
The recently concluded 21st Dubai World Cup was held in the Meydan Racecourse last March and closed with an astounding victory by the country’s fastest-running horse, California Chrome.