The Dubai World Cup is set to take place this weekend, with jockeys, trainers and spectators all arriving in the emirate ahead of the event.

Anyone who has booked flights to Dubai this week will no doubt be  aware that the emirate is hosting one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing competitions this weekend.

The Dubai World Cup is due to start on Saturday (March 27th), boasting one of the biggest prize funds of any horse racing event in the world.

Spectators at this year’s race will find themselves in new surrounding, with the opening of the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse taking place this week.

Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed inspected the course on Thursday (March 25th) ahead of the main competitions on Saturday.

The Dubai World Cup boasts a prize of $10 million (£6.72 million) and this year will see the 2000m race run on Tapeta for the first time ever.

Other races taking place during the course of the meeting include the Dubai Duty Free and the Dubai Sheema Classic, each worth $5 million.

Written by Ruth Norris

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