Dubai World Cup: 20th Anniversary

March 28, 2015

The day is here. The 20th Anniversary celebration of the Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race in the world! The Dubai World Cup is technically the last race of a series of races for the Dubai World Cup Night. There are nine races in total, 8 Thoroughbred contests and 1 purebred Arabian contest.

The Dubai World Cup is known as the richest horse race in the world as the purse is 10 million USD!!!!!!

It is held at the Meydan Racecourse (Meydan meaning, a place where people congregate and compete, in Arabic). The Meydan Grandstand is absolutely massive!!! It’s 1-mile long… honestly… and holds 60,000 spectators.

I actually can’t believe I’m here… in the Middle East… in Dubai… about to go watch horses race around a track!! But let’s be real… I’m not really going to watch the races. I’m going for the chance to get really dressed up.

A big part of the race is that everyone dresses up in their best outfits… hats for the ladies… dapper gentlemen all suited up… and there’s even a competition for best dressed!

Obviously… we had to have some champagne to celebrate before leaving… and it’s a good thing we did cuz it put us in a better mood to deal with the heavy traffic on our way to the Meydan Racecourse!image

When we arrived, the party was in full swing! So many people everywhere… and so many gorgeous people!! The hats… the shoes.. the dresses… and even the men in their suits… The fashion “show” was definitely amazing!!!

Click this link to see some of the amazing outfits on display at the 2015 Dubai World Cup… A few of the beautiful people… the hats… the fireworks, etc.
We found our friends sitting on couches down near the track, in between a beer garden and the Moet tent! Quite the ideal location actually!! 

I made my way to the Moet tent with a couple girlfriends, wanting to celebrate this very special occasion with a glass of bubbles. But… I couldn’t get just a glass… I had to get a whole bottle. Mafi mushkela… They handed me the champagne along with a little plastic bag with ice… so I could keep it chilled. Obviously champagne is the perfect accessory to any outfit!!imageimageCheers to the Dubai World Cup!

The group I was with placed informal bets on all the races. It was great fun as it kept us all a little more focused on the races instead of the drinking… and it was fun to actually win the pot once!!imageIt was incredible to watch the horses run past… hooves thundering… people cheering… so much excitement in the air… The last race… the 10million USD purse… was one by Prince Bishop. We went down near to the track to get a good view of the horses running past… it was intense!!!

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IMG_0827I had so much fun meeting a bunch of new people… Hanging out with the rugby crew from Riyadh… The whole night was just filled with laughter and happiness and wonderful friends!!!   And… the best part of the whole event… the fireworks at the end of the show. I’ve seen some pretty amazing light shows in Vancouver during the celebration of lights… and some of the people we were there with have seen NYE fireworks in Dubai, or Sydney, but everyone said this was infinitely better than any fireworks display they’d ever seen! And I agree. It was absolutely EMOTIONAL!!! The music… the beautiful fireworks… just the fact that we were in Dubai at the World Cup… something a year a go I’d never have even thought I’d be doing… it was just a little mind blowing.

 After the fireworks show… the after party started… a concert by Kylie Minogue. Everyone was laughing and dancing and having a good time… so much fun!!!   Honestly… The entire experience was just unbelievable. I have to pinch myself somedays. I feel like I’m living a dream life!!! When I think about what my life was like a year ago as what it is like now, it’s so completely different and upside down and just so amazing! Not saying it’s necessarily better now, but definitely different and I’m loving this phase in my life now and the opportunities I’m being given! Like this experience!!!!

And essentially … that was the end of the celebration of the Dubai World Cup…

There were some silly moments on the way out the door… roses were handed out… someone in a thobe may have been chased around the grassy patch in front of the grandstand by one of the girls… many songs were sung very loudly on the bus on the way back to the hotel…

imageimageAnd that was the end of the 2015 Dubai World Cup. What an amazing experience… can’t wait to come back again next year!!!!! But before that… the Ruby 7s in Dubai and the Formula 1 races in Abu Dhabi?!!!! So much to look forward too!!!!

xo

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