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Dubai World Cup: Inside the $1B Meydan Racecourse

Published 1215 GMT (2015 HKT) March 28, 2014
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The $10 million Dubai World Cup takes place on Saturday March 29 at the Meydan Racecourse, which is a suitable setting for the world's richest horse racing day. Completed in 2010, the course has the world's largest grandstand, stretching some 1.6 km long. MEYDAN HOTELS
Fittingly for a course that stages such a prestigious event, and cost a reported $1 billion to build, trackside dining at the Meydan can take place in a variety of spectacular settings. MEYDAN HOTEL
The Meydan is not just a racecourse but also the world's first five-star trackside hotel, with 284 rooms and suites, from where clients can enjoy unrivaled views on the balcony. MEYDAN HOTEL
The Presidential Duplex Suite has 370 square meters of space and spans two levels. MEYDAN HOTEL
The bathrooms in the Meydan suites have been designed so that clients can watch the racing as they relax in the bathtub. MEYDAN HOTELS
The infinity pool at the top of the Meydan has stunning views of both the racecourse and its signature crescent roof. MEYDAN HOTELS
The Meydan can accommodate over 60,000 spectators on a race day, the highlight of which is the annual Dubai World Cup Group One race. MEYDAN HOTELS
The Asian-themed Shiba Bar is one of several opulent dining and drinking areas in the hotel. MEYDAN HOTEL
A standard room at the not-so-standard Meydan Hotel. MEYDAN HOTELS
The Farriers Restaurant sits just yards from the point at which millions of dollars will be won on the track when the 2014 Dubai World Cup takes place. MEYDAN HOTELS
The Meydan's enormous car park can cater for 8,600 vehicles. Courtesy Meydan and Teo A. Khing Design Consultants
Described as a "land scraper," the planet's largest grandstand looms in the background during the 2013 Dubai World Cup meeting. Francois Nel/Getty Images
American thoroughbred Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby champion, was the winner of last year's big race in Dubai. MEYDAN HOTELS