Dubai World Cup Sponsors Help Bring the Excitement of Racing to the World

Dubai, UAE, March 24, 2011 - The Dubai World Cup will celebrate its 16th running on March 26 with the greatest international horses in racing set to compete for prizemoney of US$ 26,250,000. This year, as with each running since its inception in 1996, an exceptional group of businesses will lend invaluable support in sponsoring the exciting races and the overall spectacle that makes the Dubai World Cup program a truly international event.
Meydan Chairman of the Board and CEO Saeed H Al Tayer said: “Over the years, the Dubai World Cup has grown and developed as one of the classic tests for the world’s best horses. Just as the event and its prestige have evolved, so have the relationships that Meydan and the Dubai World Cup enjoy with an esteemed group of sponsors. Each year our sponsors help to provide the experience of the Dubai World Cup to tens of thousands of race fans here at Meydan, and millions more around the world that view this incredible event on television. Through the teamwork and vision of our partners we welcome the world to experience the greatness of the Dubai World Cup.
“We are most fortunate to share these partnerships and I wish to thank all of our sponsors for the spectacle and excitement that is the Dubai World Cup. This group includes: Emirates Airline, sponsors of the Dubai World Cup since its inaugural running in 1996; China Guangsha Group, now entering their second year as partners for the Dubai Sheema Classic; Dubai Duty Free for their support of what has become one of the world’s richest turf events; Gulf News our partners in presenting the Dubai Golden Shaheen, a test for the fastest sprint horses in the world; The Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, proud sponsors of the famed UAE Derby; Etisalat a most valued partner of the Godolphin Mile; Emirates NBD for their work and commitment to our Al Quoz Sprint; Emaar for bringing the spirit of the Arabian horse to this event with the sponsorship of the Dubai Kahayla Classic for Purebred Arabians. Additionally, this year we are also pleased to add luxury Swiss watchmaker Longines as the Official Timekeeper of the 16th Dubai World Cup.”
Emirates Airline:
The Dubai World Cup represents one of Emirates’ longest standing sponsorships in the airline’s global portfolio. We have been associated with the world’s richest race since the first running back in 1996 when it was won by the great Cigar.
“Through its global network of over 100 destinations on six continents, Emirates brings people of all different nationalities from around the world together to witness some of the greatest moments in sport, be it the FIFA World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup, the Rugby World Cup or right here in our home city, the Dubai World Cup,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, GCC, Middle East & Iran.
China Guangsha:
A diversified large modern corporation with an annual turnover of over 8 billion US Dollars and staff strength of over 80,000 spread across the world, ranks TOP FIVE of private construction companies in China. Involving Construction, Real Estate and Energy Sources as its core business, its interests have now diversified into Finance, Tourism, Hotels, Education, Hydropower, Medical Care, Media, etc.
from Mr. Zhongfu Lou - Chairman of China Guangsha Group.
Dubai Duty Free
Commenting on its sponsorship, Dubai Duty Free’s Managing Director, Colm McLoughlin, said, “Horseracing has become an increasingly important element of our sport sponsorship portfolio and we are proud to be part of the Dubai World Cup‘s impressive 16 year history. We are looking forward to great day of racing on the 26th March where Dubai Duty Free, the world`s number one airport retailer, is sponsoring the US$5 million Group 1 Dubai Duty Free race”.
Gulf News
“We have been associated with the Dubai World Cup since its inception in 1996 as Race Sponsor, Official Newspaper and Publisher of the Dubai World Cup official magazine. We are proud to be part of the 16th running of this event at the spectacular Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse,” said Duleep George, Executive Director Marketing & Sales, Gulf News. “We are also looking forward to the US$2 Million dollar Dubai Golden Shaheen, which is our own race and which, once again, promises to be very exciting”, he added.
The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group
“This will be our 7th year of sponsorship of the UAE Derby”, announces Mr Abdullah Mohammed Al Naboodah, Chairman of Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Holding LLC. “As a Group, we are always keen to support sporting initiatives. This really is one of the top events in the global racing calendar, so great for us to be involved with. From a personal perspective, I am very much looking forward to the 26th March 2011 as I know I will enjoy the day. And from a work perspective I know it will be one of those important dates in our business calendar as we get a great opportunity to profile the Group and what we do, whilst entertaining some of our key contacts.”
Etisalat’s Acting Vice President of Corporate Communications, Jaber Al Janahi said: “Horse racing has the longest and richest history in the Arab world in general, and the UAE in particular. Etisalat has been at the forefront of honoring this rich tradition, while encouraging competitive spirit in the country through varied sporting activities. We are delighted to be the Race Sponsor of the Godolphin Mile during the Dubai World Cup 2011 for the fifth consecutive year. Meydan has become an important international venue for horse racing and as the largest telecom service provider of the country, the strategic partnership works towards fulfilling our responsibility to support world-renowned initiatives that not only benefit the community, but are also a reason of pride for the nation and its people.”
Emirates NBD
“Emirates NBD is pleased to sponsor the Al Quoz Sprint, on the Dubai World Cup programme, for the second successive year,” said Rick Pudner, Group CEO, Emirates NBD. “As a leading bank in the UAE, this is in line with our commitment to support events that add value to the community. “Horse racing is an intrinsic aspect of Arab culture and sport, and Al Quoz Sprint, which will attract some of the highest rated turf sprinters, promises to be an exciting race."
“Emaar Properties is honoured to partner with the Dubai World Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments, as sponsor of the Dubai Kahayla Classic for purebred Arabian horses,” commented Mr Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties. “The partnership is a testament to Emaar’s commitment to support the region’s rich equestrian heritage. The developer of premier Polo Homes and the region’s finest polo and equestrian club, Emaar is shaping a new lifestyle with a focus on equestrian activities. Through this year’s participation at Dubai World Cup, Emaar is also putting the spotlight on Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre mega development, described as ‘The Centre of Now.’ We are inviting guests from around the world to experience the best in Dubai – from the most-awaited horse racing competition to the most vibrant modern lifestyle choices.”
Mr. Walter von Känel, President of Longines, commented on this partnership: "Longines is delighted to join the 16th Dubai World Cup as Official Timekeeper. As such, Longines will present the audience with the exact timing of the race. Longines can boast of over 80 years of timekeeping experience in equestrian sports and it has established itself as an essential partner of these disciplines that combine precision and elegance.”