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Fri 26 Mar 2010 02:15 PM

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Dubai World Cup set for spectacular start

World’s best known names in horseracing to gather in the UAE emirate on Saturday, March 27.

Dubai World Cup set for spectacular start
MEGA EVENT: Gates to Meydan will be open to the public at 12 pm, with the first race expected to commence at 4.45 pm.(Getty Images)

The opening of the 2010 Dubai World Cuppromises to be a spectacular event, when the world’s best known names in horseracing will gather in the UAE emirate on Saturday, March 27.

"Saturday, March 27, marks the date of one of the most anticipated launches and events for the UAE social and sporting calendar. Held in conjunction with the landmark event inaugurating the official opening of Meydan, a new era in horseracing will be introduced as the world’s largest integrated racing facility is launched," Meydan said in a press release on Thursday.

Meydan revealed in a media release on Thursday the details of the official opening ceremony which concurs with the 2010 Dubai World Cup.

Gates to Meydan will be open to the public at 12 pm, with the first race expected to commence at 4.45 pm, the company said.

"Throughout the day, performances across all entrances and Apron Views at Meydan will take place, and these acts range from music and dance performances to fire and light shows. Performances include but are not limited to bubble dancers, stilt walkers, caricaturists, light cube shows, human and adagio statues, unicyclists, Arabic fusion bands, jazz quartets, flamenco guitarists, breakdancers, comedy acts, fire shows, a police band, magicians, and belly dancers," Meydan said in its press release.

March 27 will see the culmination of the 7th Dubai International Racing Carnival, and the first Dubai World Cup to be held at Meydan, the company said.

"What will be one of the most anticipated highlights of the evening will be the commencement of the opening ceremony spectacular, a multi-sensory experience themed around 'The Vision of Meydan'. Meydan reveals that highlights will include media links across what is possibly the largest moving projected image screen in the world at 6,725 square metres across 15 projection wings."

The ceremony will also include equine and falcon performances, micro light and aerial displays, as well as a pyro display by world-renowned The Gruccis of New York.

"Widely recognised as the leading pyrotechnics and firworks company in the world, Gruccis has been responsible for landmark displays across seven consecutive U.S. presidential inaugurations and most recently the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games," Meydan said.

"The highlight of the evening is undoubtably the namesake race which is last on the cards and occurs approximately at 9.45 pm. With a $10 million purse and 14 of the world’s top thoroughbreds vying to be crowned the first-ever Dubai World Cup champion at Meydan, this will be one of the most exciting 2 minutes of anyone’s sporting experience."

The 15th Dubai World Cup will see a finale that showcases a concert by internationally renowned artistes Sir Elton John and Carlos Santana.

Chairman of the Board and CEO of Meydan, Saeed Humaid Al Tayer said: “The launch of Meydan makes a monumental mark in history. To accomplish building the world’s largest integrated racing facility is no mean feat and we are very proud to have been able to do so in a timeframe that would have typically taken twice as long for others, if not more.”

“To impress upon this momentuous moment for us all, this is the first time the Dubai World Cup is run on Tapeta, and it is also the richest race in the history of horseracing at $10 million,” he added.

Capacity crowds of up to 60,000 are expected, so race goers and visitors are encouraged to turn up as early in the day as possible when gates open at 12 pm, Meydan said.

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