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The richest race in the world!

By the time you read this, the Dubai World Cup will probably already be over and done with.

The richest race in the world!
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By the time you read this, the Dubai World Cup will probably already be over and done with.

The ‘Dubai races’ as it is popularly known has a prize of US $10 million attached to it, making it the richest race in the world and of course, the most sought after competition in racing.

But, besides the value of the award, the magnificence of the Meydan racecourse is what will remain with you for a long time to come.

Besides the magnificent structure of the grandstand, with its crescent-shaped roof and the sky bubble lounge on top, what the real race enthusiasts (not the Irish Village variety) will appreciate, is the massive 200m straight, which no other racecourse in the world can claim to have - pure luxury!

The race track complex contains two tracks with seating for up to 20,000 and a total capacity of 60,000, a hotel, a variety of restaurants, a theatre and a museum.

In a special report on this week’s print edition, you will find some interesting facts about Meydan City – the grandstand and the racecourse are just a part of this larger development – which will give you a better idea of the scale of the entire project.

Construction Week visited the site as it was being constructed to meet the March 27 deadline for the races and spoke to some of the top people working on the project.

As the world worries over the state of Dubai and its future, the Dubai World Cup brings back all the glamour for which Dubai has been infamously famous for all these years.

Amid all the doom and gloom that is hanging over us in these times, the races come like a breath of fresh air and give us a little something positive to look forward to.

Conrad Egbert is the editor of Construction Week.

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