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Old March 31st, 2007, 12:37 AM   #1
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Dubai ushers in new horse racing era
By M Satya Narayan, Staff Reporter

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Dubai: The future of horse racing in Dubai was unveiled yesterday with pomp and ceremony on the Beach Arena at Mina Salaam, Madinat Jumeirah.

And it looked radiant.

In two and a half years time Dubai will have a state-of-the-art horse racing city called Meydan inclusive of luxury hotels and a sky-bubble restaurant, entertainment clubs, a concourse plaza, iconic towers and a boat-house.

The timing could not have been better, with Dubai set to host the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horserace at Nad Al Sheba today. Some of the world’s best thoroughbreds will be vying for prize money totalling a staggering $21 million.

More than 50,000 racegoers are expected to watch the seven races, with the first race starting at 5pm.

Meydan horse city will also include a dirt and turf race track, new stables and training tracks, receiving barns and a Godolphin gallery and museum. Details of the project were unveiled in a presentation for His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Also present was Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. A senior Emirates Racing Authority official said the project’s deadline is October 2009.


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Old March 31st, 2007, 12:38 AM   #2
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A look at the bigger picture
By M Satya Narayan, Staff Reporter



Dubai: Horse racing in Dubai has received a major boost with the announcement yesterday of a full-fledged horse city which will be called Meydan.

It will be developed around the existing racecourse at Nad Al Sheba and extend to the Dubai Country Club area in Aweer.

The project will start shortly after the dust settles on today's Dubai World Cup meeting and is expected to be completed by 2009. When completed the horse city will include a dirt and turf race track, new stables and training tracks, receiving barns and a Godolphin gallery and museum.

Details of the project were unveiled in a video-presentation at Mina Salaam hotel yesterday.

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Old March 31st, 2007, 11:55 AM   #3
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I can't wait for today's DWC.. we'll leave to Nad Al Sheba soon..

project rendering looks somewhat weird, they had a full front page in GN today.
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could it be that this project is th BB extension (hotels,towers) as seen in the Halcrow video?
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Old March 31st, 2007, 03:00 PM   #5
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Mohammed unveils multi-million racecourse project
By Hisham Al Gizouli

31 March 2007



DUBAI — His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, unveiled a multi-million racecourse project, Meydan Racecourse, during a special reception held at the Madinat Jumeirah on the eve of the $21.250 million world's richest horse race — the Dubai World Cup — last night.


Details of the integrated facility will be announced at a news conference to be held by Saeed Al Tayer, chairman of the Dubai Racing Club, at the Media Centre at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse at 3pm today. The multi-million project which is estimated to accommodate 80,000 spectators and a parking facility for 10,000 cars is expected to be completed by 2010. The project will be executed by leading local and international companies at the present horserace venue at Nad Al Sheba area.

The construction works will not affect the races during the project execution period and the racecourse will continue to host local and international events as usual.World's richest horse race today


All roads lead to Nad Al Sheba and all racing eyes will be on Dubai today to watch the clash between Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Invasor and unbeaten Discreet Cat in the Dubai World Cup. A field of seven will line up to land the $3.6 million first prize in the 12th edition of the event with Godolphin’s Discreet Cat starting as a marginal favourite to land a fifth World Cup triumph for His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Discreet Cat, a four-year-old, boasts an unbeaten record and is the only horse to have beaten Invasor when he swept to victory in the UAE Derby on World Cup night last year. Invasor, trained in the US by Kiaran McLaughlin, went on to land the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November and his performance earned him the status as the world’s best older horse, rated narrowly superior to Discreet Cat. “He’s now facing the biggest race of his life,” Godolphin Racing Manager Simon Crisford said of Discreet Cat. “He has all the hallmarks of a great champion and we’re very hopeful he can maintain his unbeaten record.” Indian horse Mystical goes for his third win in Dubai in two months as he races against 16 others in the Dubai Duty Free Class I turf race. The seven-race card today features some of the best horses on the planet.

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Old March 31st, 2007, 04:31 PM   #7
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Oh great... more hotels

the model looks kinda cool though. except for the hotels...
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Old March 31st, 2007, 05:19 PM   #8
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Oh great... more hotels

the model looks kinda cool though. except for the hotels...
Hotels are fine, golf course and houses/apartments projects are the ones we have to

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The Dubai Racing Club is delighted to unveil plans for a phenomenal new iconic horseracing city called Meydan.





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Old March 31st, 2007, 05:57 PM   #10
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I think the big boss got a bit jealous at the new ascot.

why do their have to be so many hotels though. i thought al bwadi would be enough for everyone. i guess not.

So where exactly is thios located? anyone at the races pic up a map?
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DUH, can't you read ... they even wrotte it in bold for you.

"... It will be developed around the existing racecourse at Nad Al Sheba and extend to the Dubai Country Club area in Aweer..."

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isnt Dubai Country Club in Ras Al Khour and not Al Aweer?
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Old March 31st, 2007, 06:28 PM   #13
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thats hot! thanks smussuw!

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Aren't Ras Al Khor, Aweer, Rashidya basically the same thing
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DUH, can't you read ... they even wrotte it in bold for you.

"... It will be developed around the existing racecourse at Nad Al Sheba and extend to the Dubai Country Club area in Aweer..."

I want to know where it will all be in relation to the existing course and stands, Mr Drunken Albanian

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im guessing around it...

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Straight from the horses mouth...lol..sorry...from dubaiworldcup.com:

http://www.dubaiworldcup.com/media/p...sp?news_id=337

The unveiling of Meydan T
he Dubai Racing Club is delighted to unveil plans for a phenomenal new iconic horseracing city called Meydan.

The landmark development is the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and will span 76 million square feet and feature state-of-the-art dirt and turf tracks, while a world-class grandstand will boast a 55,000 to 60,000 capacity and span one kilometre.

It will be a stone’s throw from the current Nad Al Sheba racecourse and other features include a world-class hotel, more than 10 restaurants, the relocation of Godolphin Gallery, the home of Dubai Racing Club, a museum, as well as covered car parking for 10,000 and a four-kilometre canal which will run from Dubai Creek to the racecourse.

The grandstand will also serve during the off-season as a major dining, business and conference facility.

The target opening date is for the 2010 Dubai World Cup, and to mark its launch, the Dubai Racing Club is excited to announce that prizemoney for the showpiece race will almost double and be worth approximately US$10 million (from US$6 million).

Dubai Racing Club Chairman Mr Saeed Al Tayer said: “We received the green light at the Dubai World Cup meeting last year to develop the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and we are proud to reveal that to the whole world.

“We wanted to develop a world class facility and I cannot think of any other racecourse in the world that will rival it.

“As we are setting the benchmark in terms of world-class facilities, we want to complement that with increased prize-money of US$10 million, to continue entice the best horses in the world for the opening of Meydan for the 2010 Dubai World Cup.

“It is going to be home to the business community, owners, trainers, riders. You name it - it will encompass everything.

“Meydan is an Arabic word that means where people congregate and race, so it is a combination of definitions, but at the end of the day, it is about where people go and race and achieve results.

“I believe Meydan is not just for Dubai, but it’s for the whole world.”

Meydan has been designed by the world renowned architects TAK, which over the past 10 years has won several awards and commendations and has pioneered new developments in Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan and Dubai.

Mr Teo A Khing, managing director of TAK, said: “The design as you approach the track is of a falcon, which is a defining symbol of the local heritage, and denotes decisiveness and speed.

“The racing facilities will be outstanding, but it’s not just for the season. We want to maximize entertainment all year around. It can stage conferences, concerts, functions, and carry on through the off-season. It will be a tourist attraction as well as a business community.”

Dubai Racing Club CEO Frank Gabriel Jr said: “We have taken into account feedback from all aspects of the industry - racegoers, trainers, jockeys, our partners, sponsors, other racecourses – everyone – in making this racecourse the magnificent development it will be.

“The racing season will carry on as normal up to the target date, as the state-of-the-art grandstand can be completed without affecting the action at Nad Al Sheba.”

The racetrack surfaces are designed by the Joesph H King company, which has been involved in the design and construction of the dirt tracks and turf courses at most major racing facilities in North America since the 1980s.

• Target Completion date = 2010
• Design and masterplan = by TAK (www.tak.com.my)
• Racetrack surfaces = The Joseph H. King Company Ltd
• Grandstand Design = by TAK
• Two tracks = 1750m (8.75 furlongs) Dirt and 2400m (12 furlongs) Turf course
• Total parking spaces = 10,000 spaces
• Total area: 76 million square feet
• Hi-res Images will be available on www.dubaiworldcup.com

maybe Julito was rite...maybe they will take a canal from the Bbay phase 5 or 4 and make it go here...

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a 4km canal? What? LOL! more water front for yet more towers :p
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I still don't get how this will be placed. Could someone please mark out the area where this will be on the pic below? Also is that a part of business bay in the background of the pic above?

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