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There is a world-class racecourse located at Nad al Sheba with stunning Grandstand facilities.
It is here that the Dubai Racing Club hosts 21 horse-racing fixtures in the 2007-08 season, starting on November 8th 2007 with the first Winter Racing Challenge. Racing generally starts at 7pm and is held on Thursdays and Saturdays.
On January 17th 2008, the first of several Dubai International Racing Carnival meetings is held here. Then on March 29th 2008, the winter racing season culminates with the Dubai World Cup international race meeting.
This race meeting features five Group 1 races and two Group 2 races offering a total of 21.25 million U.S Dollars in prize money! Phenomenal!! This represents the world's richest day's race meeting!
The race programme attracts the very best thoroughbreds and Arabians from the Middle East, North and South America, Europe, Australasia and the Far East.
In its short life span, the Dubai World Cup has surpassed all expectations and has set new precedents in standards of excellence , hospitality and entertainment facilities extended to guests and visitors. Every detail is meticulously planned and co-ordinated. The attendance for Dubai World Cup reaches 65,000. The Millennium Grandstand is packed with enthusiastic race-goers!
The Nad al Sheba Club used to incorporate a golf course as well as a racecourse. Sadly, the 18 hole golf course shut in May 2007. However, the racing stables are still there, of course, and house some of the world's most valuable horse-racing bloodstock.
The "Nad Al Sheba Race Club Tour" is an early morning tour of these busy world-class racing stables, on offer to visitors. It includes a chance to see thoroughbred training in action. The day starts with a full breakfast at the clubhouse, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the jockey centre, the weighing room and the farrier facilities, the Millennium Grandstand and the Godolphin Gallery, where the Dubai World Cup stands proudly on display.
This is the sport of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, who has achieved world-wide fame with his superb Godolphin Racing Stables. The horse Godolphin, was one of the three founding stallions of modern throughbreds.
Godolphin Arabian was an 18th century horse who ended up in England and won everything in sight! He then went to stud and enjoyed even greater success. It's thought that over 70 British Classic winners have a strain of the stallion Godolphin Arabian in their pedigree.
The Godolphin stables chalked up their first local winner at Nad Al Sheba in 1992. Since then their record has been matchless. Godolphin Stables have won Group One races in no fewer than 11 countries. Their retained jockey is the outstanding Frankie Dettori.
Opposite the splendour of Nad Al Sheba Racecourse you will find a less glamorous, but no less spectacular activity going on. This is camel racing, held at the Nad Al Sheba Camel Racetrack. There's nothing plodding about a racing camel. They are highly prized by Arabs as part of their culture. A racing camel can reach surprisingly high speeds at full gallop and some fine specimens can be worth as much as their equine counterparts.
The camel racing season extends from September to March. A new camel racing track was ready by September 2007. This new complex is conveniently located near to the old Nad Al Sheba venue, just off the Dubai to Al Ain Road. Three or four racing fixtures a week are planned. As a rough guide, they are normally held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 6am and 7am and 2pm and 3pm. There is also racing on alternative Mondays and on occasional Fridays.
The people of the desert really love their camels!!
However, they sometimes get the hump if their camel loses a big race!