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The Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse will serve as a major business and conference district and a conduit for lifestyle, entertainment and sports. It extends 1.6km on a linear, ‘land scraper’ plane that has a full capacity accommodating up to 60,000 people.
Crowned by a dramatic, cantilevered Crescent Roof that features curved solar and titanium panels that maximize the building’s energy consumption efficiency, the iconic Meydan Grandstand is a unique and ‘intelligent’ development that is equipped with hospitality facilities that offer world-class services for discerning horsemen, patrons, travellers and guests alike.
It houses the world’s first five-star trackside hotel; The Meydan, which offers unobstructed views of the racetracks, and also houses an exciting mix of food and beverage establishments, a covered car park for up to 8,600 cars, the Meydan Museum and Gallery, an IMAX Theatre and the Meydan Marina. The Dubai Racing Club and Emirates Racing Authority and the new Meydan Freezone Corporation offices will also be located within the Grandstand facility.
Opening for the racing season on January 28, 2010, the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse will however best be known for being the new home of the widely anticipated 20th Dubai World Cup to be held on March 28. Prize money for the meeting has also been upped to US$ 29.25 million to attract the best race horses in the world.
Corporations and high net worth individuals will be right in the thick of all the action from one of 78 exclusive Meydan Grandstand Corporate Suites which will offer guests unparalleled views, levels of luxury, customer comfort and integrated technology to create what will be the ultimate horseracing experience.
Born from the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse is culmination of what will be the definitive benchmark for any global sporting destination.
Mr Saeed H Al-Tayer, Chairman
Mr Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh
Mr Malih Lahej Al Basti
Size of Racecourse district: 67 million sq ft
The Meydan Hotel: Will adjoin the Grandstand, with over 95% of the 290 rooms and suites having a direct, unobstructed view of the racetrack
Grandstand capacity: 20,000 tiered seating and over 60,000 capacity for the Grandstand
Total Grandstand building length: 1.6km, including the Boathouse and receiving barns
Total car park wingspan (in the shape of a falcon): 1.3km
Car park capacity: Up to 8,600 cars
Tracks: 1750m (8.75 furlongs) All-weather Tapeta surface and 2400m (12 furlongs) Turf tracks
Other features surrounding the Grandstand will include:
Facilities include world-class horseracing facilities such as receiving barns and stables for horses, all-weather surface practice track, jockey and horsemen’s lounges, amongst others.