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March in Dubai

Dubai World Cup: Saturday 26th March 2016, Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse (Nad al Sheba)

Drama and charm is embedded through the world’s richest day of horse racing. There’s a wonderful elegance and glamour to the Dubai World Cup – and we’re only talking about the audience at the moment. Head to the paddock and it’s difficult not to be awed by the Arabian horses and their vividly-dressed jockeys. The suspense builds as the horses congregate for each of the nine races at the iconic Meydan Racecourse. When the action starts, it comes with all the thrills you’d expect when there’s US$30 million of prize money at stake. Audiences roar, stallions gallop, and hooves kick up dust beneath the racecourse floodlights. This single day event is beamed around the world but it’s far more exciting from the grandstand. Races are at scheduled intervals through the afternoon and evening, with the $10-million Dubai World Cup race the highlight of the program.

Tickets are available through their website – www.dubaiworldcup.com/visit/racing-season/dubai-world-cup

Al Marmoon Heritage Festival: 19th March to 31st March 2016, Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack (Dubai Al Ain Road)

There’s little that Arabia loves more than its camels. The Al Marmoon festival is a complete celebration of the single-humped wonders that have roamed the deserts of the Middle East for eternity. Breeders and trainers from across the region will be bringing their finest camels to the festival and competing in a variety of events, with the most unmissable of these are the daily camel races. Seeing one camel gallop is quite a sight. A dozen of them charging across the sand is a timeless memory of Arabia and its traditions. Along with the drama of the racing there’s a series of cultural shows and traditional entertainment. Plus the chance to see a lot of award-winning camels up close.

Entrance is free with most events taking place in the late afternoon.

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