Sunday, April 13, 2008

Meydan: Dubai's Landmark Mega Horse Racing Project

Meydan will become the horse racing capital of the world! This Dubai Mega Project will in fact be an ENTIRE CITY built around The Sport Of Kings! Meydan is a gigantic mixed use development that will center around the largest racecourse in the world, Meydan Racecourse. This 76 million square foot racecourse will accommodate 60,000 and will be the new home of the Dubai Racing Club and the Dubai World Cup:

"We wanted to develop a world class facility and I cannot think of any other racecourse in the world that will rival it. It is going to be home to the business community, owners, trainers, riders. You name it - it will encompass everything. I believe Meydan is not just for Dubai, but it’s for the whole world," commented Mr Saeed Al Tayer, Chairman of Dubai Racing Club.

Meydan Racecourse is expected to be finished by 2010 in time for the opening of the Dubai World cup:

"As we are setting the benchmark in terms of world-class facilities, we want to complement that with increased prize-money of US$10 million, to continue to entice the best horses in the world for the opening of Meydan for the 2010 Dubai World Cup," said Mr. Al Tayer.

Meydan Racecourse will also include: a 5-Star Hotel, Championship 18 Hole Golf Course, Racing Museum, Godolphin Gallery, The Dubai Racing Club, many restaurants, parking for over 10,000 and much more.

All of this, however, is no enough! Dubai is building an entire city, Meydan City, as part of this Mega Project! According to Meydan LLC, developer of the project:

'Meydan City is located in the heart of Dubai’s burgeoning new urban frontier and within close proximity of Meydan Racecourse. Conceived as a phased development, Meydan City covers approximately 43 million sq ft GFA on a land size of approx 15 million sq ft. Consisting of commercial and residential plots, retail outlets and arcades with canal, waterfront and promenade views, Meydan City will support a thriving community.

'Meydan Marina is to be located in the core of the development allowing for berthing facilities for approximately 80 leisure yachts and boats. Pedestrian movement within Meydan City will be enhanced with bicycle lanes and tram lines along roads and parks, encouraging alternative means of clean and healthy transport.'

Who else but Dubai would have the vision to build a complete horse racing city?! Already the first phase of Meydan City has been completely sold out!

And still there is more...

Meydan Business Park is also being constructed as part of this Mega Development. The business park will offer 17 blocks of office space, over 2.9million square feet! The offices will be environmentally friendly and surrounded by beautiful landscaping. It will truly be a pleasure to work here.

Meydan has been designed by the award winning Asian firm, TAK. According to Mr Teo A Khing, Managing Director of TAK:

"The racing facilities will be outstanding, but it’s not just for the season. We want 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."

There is no other development that can rival Meydan anywhere on the planet. I have no doubt that Meydan will become world famous as the new horse racing capital of the entire world!

This link takes you to the Meydan website:


This link takes you to TAK, designers of Meydan:


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