United Arab Emirates
Horse racing has been organised on an official basis in the UAE since 1991, and there are four tracks which currently stage the sport.
The flagship track is Meydan (previously Nad Al Sheba), which stages floodlit racing on all weather and turf tracks. The majority of racing outside Meydan is held at Abu Dhabi – a floodlit turf track – and Jebel Ali, a dirt track which races in daytime. A handful of fixtures are held at Sharjah, a dirt track which also races in daylight.
Racing in the UAE made giant strides following the successful organisation of an international jockeys challenge in 1993, 1994 and 1995, which then led to the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race. It was first run at Nad Al Sheba in 1996, and won fittingly by one of the greatest horses of recent times, Cigar.
The Dubai World Cup card, which will be run on March 30, 2013, is worth US$27.25 million, making it the most valuable day’s racing on the planet.
The meeting is the climax of the Dubai World Cup Carnival (previously Dubai International Racing Carnival), which brings many of the leading horses, trainers, jockeys and horses from all over the globe to Meydan.
With 15 countries represented at the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival, the spotlight of the racing world from January through to the end of March is now firmly focused on the UAE.
In the past 10 years there has been a very significant promotion of racing with Purebred Arabian horses. The Maktoum Challenge races, the Arabian Triple Crown series, the Dubai Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup night and HH The President Of The UAE Cup, have acknowledged the importance of Purebred Arabian horses both in breeding and racing in the U.A.E.
Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) is the internationally recognised governing body for horse racing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It administers all aspects of the sport, including the implementation of the UAE Rules of Racing, the registration of horses for racing and the licensing of all trainers, jockeys, officials and stable personnel. It handles all entries and declarations for all race meetings in the UAE. The Authority also administers the internationally approved Emirates Thoroughbred Stud Book.
Besides being a proactive member of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the ERA is involved in other significant regulatory authorities and committees such as:
World Racehorse Rankings Committee (WRRC)
International Movement of Horses Committee (IMHC)
Asian Stud Book Conference
International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians (ICRAV)
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to the IFHA
Name of Racing Authority: Emirates Racing Authority
Postal Address: Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, P.O Box 9452, Dubai, UAE
Tel: (971) 4 327 0077 Fax: (971) 4 327 0010
E-mail: email@example.com Web Site: www.emiratesracing.com
Chairman: His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Vice Chairman: Mr Saeed H. Al-Tayer
Board Members: Mr Ahmed Al Sheikh, Mr Malih Al Basti
ERA Steering Committee: Chairman - Mr Malih Al Basti, Members – Mr Frank G. Gabriel Jr. (CEO, Dubai Racing Club), Mr Gerard Bush
Chief Steward: Mr Gerard Bush
Senior Handicapper: Mr Melvin Day
Handicapper Arabians: Mr Neil Abrahams
Keeper of Stud Book: Mr Gerard Bush
Veterinary Officer: Dr David Sykes
ERA Registry Office Manager: Ms Hilary Youdale
Associated Race Clubs or Racecourses
Dubai Racing Club, Frank G. Gabriel Jr, CEO, Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, PO Box 9305, Dubai, UAE, Tel: (971) 4 327 0077, Fax: (971) 4 327 0053, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General, PO Box 590, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tel: (971) 2 455 5500, Fax: (971) 2 446 3048; E-mail: email@example.com
Jebel Ali Racecourse, Shareef Al Halawani, P O Box 53135 Dubai, UAE, Tel: (971) 4 347 4914, Fax: (971) 4 347 2478, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club; Sultan Khalifa, General Manager, PO Box 1991, Sharjah, UAE, Tel: (971) 6 531 1155, Fax: (971) 6 531 1177, Email: email@example.com
|Racing Season||From early November To end of March (2011/12)|
|Number of Racecourses||4|
|Number of Fixtures||53|
|Number of Races||334|
|Number of Runners||4225|
|Number of Horses in Training||1000 +|
|Number of Trainers||100+|
|Number of Jockeys||100+|
|Number of Owners||360+|
|1.Dubai World Cup||GR I||Mar||10,000,000||Meydan|
|2.Sheema Classic||GR I||Mar||5,000,000||Meydan|
|3.Dubai Duty Free||GR I||Mar||5,000,000||Meydan|
|4.Golden Shaheen||GR I||Mar||2,000,000||Meydan|
|5.UAE Derby||GR II||Mar||2,000,000||Meydan|
|6. Al Quoz||GR I||Mar||1,000,000||Meydan|
|7.Godolphin Mile||GR II||Mar||1,000,000||Meydan|
|8.Dubai Gold Cup||GR III||Mar||1,000,000||Meydan|
|9.Maktoum Challenge (Round 1)||GR III||Jan||200,000||Meydan|
|10.Maktoum Challenge (Round 2)||GR II||Feb||250,000||Meydan|
|11.Maktoum Challenge (Round 3)||GR I||Mar||400,000||Meydan|
|12.Al Fahidi Fort||GR II||Feb||250,000||Meydan|
|13.Jebel Hatta||GR I||Mar||300,000||Meydan|
|14.UAE 2000 Guineas||GR III||Feb||250,000||Meydan|
Principal Festivals/Race Meetings
|1.Dubai World Cup||Mar 2013||Meydan|
|2.Dubai World Cup Carnival||Jan - Mar 2013||Meydan|
Total Prizemoney in Dirhams is AED 160,418,405 (2011/12)
Exchange Rate to US$: US$1 = 3.68DHS
|Total number of stud farms||0|
|Total number of stallions||1|
|Total number of mares||1|
|Total number of thoroughbred births / year||1 / 2011|
Report on Racing Activities
Horse racing commenced in 1983 at Sharjah and at Nad Al Sheba (1992), Abu Dhabi (1991), Jebel Ali (1993) and Meydan (2010).
Admission is free to all race courses and there is no betting allowed.
Sponsorship of races is common with races, along with interviews of racing personnel, shown by local and international transmission.