The 2014 edition of the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, is scheduled to take place on March 29 next year, it has been announced.
The date for the prestigious race has been revealed as part of an announcement on the UAE's 2013-2014 racing season which has been approved by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA).
The new season's inaugural day of racing will be held at the Jebel Ali Racecourse on November 1 and will be followed by the Sharjah Racecourse's first date on November 2.
The first meeting at Dubai's Meydan Racecourse will take place on November 7, and Abu Dhabi's season gets underway at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on November 10.
A newcomer to the UAE's racing calendar - Al Ain City's Al Nakheel Equestrian Club - will see its first racing of the season on November 30.
The international racing series will kick off with the Dubai World Cup Carnival 2014 at Meydan Racecourse on January 9, 2014, with the Dubai World Cup race day, sponsored by Emirates Airline, closing the season on March 29, 2014.
Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, the ERA Board's vice chairman, said the new season would include 57 races in total, representing an increase of five races over the previous season.
"We look forward to welcoming all the horse owners, trainers and jockeys that will be competing in our racing season," he said.