Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The latest Dubai megaproject, The World’s Biggest Racetrack, will have a capacity for 60,000 and a span of over half a mile. It’s an entire city built around “The Sport Of Kings”……horse racing.
The racecourse is already being hailed as the future horseracing capital of the world, given the infrastructure it plans for the industry. Unlike Ascot, Lexington or Newmarket, Meydan will in fact be an entire mixed use city development centered on the racecourse which will be the new home of the Dubai Racing Club and the Dubai World Cup.The word Meydan in Arabic describes a meeting place where people discuss, compete and achieve: an environment that encourages competition and co-operation to live side by side in harmony. It’s a man-made habitat created from scratch with lofty aspirations—”to promote excellence and fair play in sport, commerce and life”.
The landmark development is the vision of the remarkable Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and will span 76 million square feet and feature state-of-the-art dirt and turf tracks, while a world-class grandstand will boast a 55,000 to 60,000 capacity and span over half a mile.
It will feature a world-class hotel, more than 10 restaurants, the relocation of Godolphin Gallery, the home of Dubai Racing Club, a museum, as well as covered car parking for 10,000 and a 2.5 mile canal which will run from Dubai Creek to the racecourse.
The grandstand will also serve during the off-season as a major dining, business and conference facility.The target opening date is for the 2010 Dubai World Cup, and to mark its launch, the Dubai Racing Club has raised prizemoney for the showpiece race will be worth US$10 million to ensure the best horses in the world will be on hand for the opening.The racing facilities will be outstanding, but the venue has been designed to maximize entertainment all year around. It can stage conferences, concerts, functions, and carry on through the off-season. It will be a tourist attraction as well as a business community.
Posted by ismikhair ibn at 10:13 AM
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