Survival Guide to the Dubai World Cup

The doors to Meydan open at 1pm on Saturday 29th March but the first race does not begin until 4pm with the US$10m Dubai World Cup race being the finale at 9.30pm. With this in mind, it’s a long day. Especially if you are in heels and the weather i

Pace yourself.


There’s no need to turn up early unless you and your partner are interested in registering for the Best Dressed competition. There are several preliminary heats for this as well as some fabulous prizes, so it’s always worth a try. Otherwise, strolling in after a morning of grooming and a leisurely lunch suffices. Getting there by 4pm to see the opening ceremony is a good idea.


Wear heel or sole insoles.


If you’re in heels, it will be a long day. Meydan is relentless on the hamstrings as it’s laid out on concrete so there is no respite for sore legs and feet. If you have room in your clutch bag a foot spray is a good idea. Breaking in new shoes beforehand is also recommended.



Be aware of dress codes.


Rules have tightened up generally, even in Ascot. Dressing appropriately (and not for a nightclub) is recommended.



Have something to eat before you go.


Dubai World Cup tends to be a highly ‘social’ afternoon for some people (the Bubble Lounge is the place to be seen) so having lunch beforehand is a must.



Enjoy the spectacle.


Make sure you fully appreciate the cultural, social and local scene. The opening and closing ceremonies are always spectacular with carefully stage managed programmes and lots of surprises thrown in



Locate your hospitality box.


If you’re fortunate enough to be invited to a hospitality box, make sure you know where it is. That sounds obvious, but Meydan is huge. It may well be worth having a wander around before you to the box or vice versa as the scale of the track will leave you bewildered.



Ensure you’re picture perfect.


There are a host of Dubai and international media at the Dubai World Cup all eager to get ‘atmosphere’ shots. There are also photo booths available for immediate mementos of the day. Fortunately there are also some touch up make up stands too, but make sure you bring some supplies yourself. Evian spray or Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir are great for plumping up wilting skin. Some loose powder also helps.



Have an exit strategy.


The taxi rank at the end of the evening is a long, slow affair. You can book a driver ahead. Leaving just after the main race and presentation is always a good idea to avoid a lengthy queue.




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