Charter a Private Jet to the Dubai World Cup
Dubai World Cup
Thoughts of Dubai evoke visions of glitz and glamour.
The $30 million Dubai World Cup is no exception.
Thoroughbreds compete for big money in the day’s (always the last Saturday in March) races and well-dressed spectators compete for a luxury car and other prizes in the Jaguar Style Stakes.
We can get you there
The Dubai World Cup is more than a horse race, it’s a world-class event for Dubai and race world elite as well as tens of thousands of fans. If you’d like to be there to join in, Paramount Business Jets can arrange a charter flight for you that will get you there in proper style. Paramount can get you into any nearby airport, including:
- Dubai International Airport, OMDB, DXB, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (8 miles)
- Sharjah International Airport, OMSJ, SHJ, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (18 miles)
- Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, OMRK, RKT, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (51 miles)
- Fujairah International Airport, OMFJ, FJR, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (64 miles)
- Abu Dhabi International Airport, OMAA, AUH, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (65 miles)
- Al Ain International Airport, OMAL, AAN, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (65 miles)
- Bateen Airport, OMAD, AZI, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (73 miles)
- Al Dhafra Airport, OMAM, DHF, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (79 miles)
- Al Maktoum International Airport, OMDW, DWC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (82 miles)
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About the race
The first Dubai World Cup was held in 1996, a mere 15 years after horse racing began in Dubai on a dusty camel track. And, like just about everything else in Dubai, it was big, big, big from the start.
It wasn’t just another stop on the Arabian horserace calendar, it was the day with the biggest purse.
It was the brainchild of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the now 67-year-old vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Emir of Dubai.
American wonder horse Cigar was the first winner.
Dubai World Cup Day culminates a months-long carnival with nine high-class races and a music concert put on by the likes of Janet Jackson and Sia.
The nine races that mark the final day of the UAE racing season include six Group 1 and three Group 2 contests. They are:
- Dubai World Cup: $10 million
- Dubai Sheema Classic: $6 million
- Dubai Turf: $6 million
- Dubai Golden Shaheen: $2 million
- UAE Derby: $2 million
- Al Quoz Sprint: $1 million
- Dubai Gold Cup: $1 million
- Godolphin Mile: $1 million
- Dubai Kahayla Classic: $1 million
California Chrome won its second Dubai World Cup in 2016. Watch the excitement here.
Dress to kill and win
The Dubai World Cup is not the place for shorts, jeans or flip-flops. In fact, they are banned from the Meydan Racecourse’s mile-long grandstand, the longest single structure in the world. It holds more 60,000 spectators.
And, since race-goers have to dress up anyway, they might as well dress to the hilt for a chance to win a Jaguar and other prizes in the Jaguar Style Stakes.
A panel of fashion experts judge stylish women and men in six categories, including style, creativity and presentation.
It’s not easy to win that car.
Women must have hats or headpieces and dresses can’t be shorter than just above the knee. Sunglasses are not permitted.
If you are considering entering, here are some rules and tips to help you.
Beyond the racecourse
You’ll want to check out the rest of Dubai before you leave the city of palm tree-shaped islands and sail-shaped skyscrapers where the average high temperatures range from 65 degrees in January to 94 degrees in July and August.
You can spend the morning outdoors on the beach and the afternoon on the ski slopes -- inside a mall.
Ski Dubai sits atop the Dubai Emirates Mall like a gigantic hovercraft. The indoor ski resort is the size of three football fields, has chair lifts and is covered with snow year-round. Ski passes are available for $50 to about $150.
You can spend the morning bartering for spices at an outdoor market and the afternoon looking for designer clothes in one of Dubai’s 95 shopping malls, including the world’s largest, the 12 million-sq. ft. Dubai Mall, which is more than twice as big as Minnesota’s Mall of America.
The Burj Al-Arab Hotel, which looks like a sailboat and is replete with gold-leaf undercoating and a fleet of Rolls Royces in the parking lot, has 56 floors and nine restaurants. It sits on its own island overlooking the sea. Room rates? Somewhere between $2,000 and $5,000 a night. It is just over 2,700 feet tall, towering over the likes of One World Trade Center at 1,776 feet, Chicago’s Willis Tower at 1,353 feet and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet.
Just outside the hotel, on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, is the world’s largest dancing fountain. Designed by the same company that built the fountain at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Dubai Fountain shoots water jets 500 feet into the air. A beaming light shining up from the fountain can be seen for 20 miles.
Dubai fast facts
- The sand dredged to create the artificial Palm Islands would have filled two Empire State Buildings.
- Dubai police drive luxury cars like a $500,000 Ferrari FF and a $1.79 million Aston Martin One-77. This is to impress tourists – and to be able to catch speeders.
- The Royal Suite of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Hotel costs $20,000 a night.
- Dubai went from almost barren desert in 1991 to bustling metropolis in 20 years.
- In 1968, there were only 13 cars in Dubai.
- It’s the fastest growing city in the world. About a quarter of all the cranes on Earth are in Dubai where there are about 1,000 skyscrapers. In fact, the city grew so fast, there is no address system. Visitors are advised to have maps on hand to show drivers where they are going.
- Oil made the city rich but it now constitutes less than 10 percent of the city’s economy. The rest is from real estate and tourism.
- Robots are used to ride racing camels because they are lighter and more flexible than people. Cost? From $300 to $10,000.
- It’s so hot in Dubai that bus shelters are closed and air-conditioned.