Emirates Airline sponsors Meydan`s first Winter Meet of the season

Dubai, UAE, November 10, 2010 – Dubai Racing Club is pleased to announce their long term partners, Emirates Airline, will be joining forces to sponsor the season’s opening racemeeting – the Meydan Winter Meet, set to take place on Thursday November 11.

This season, the Dubai Racing Club will operate a total of 20 racemeetings at Dubai’s premier racing facility, consisting of a six programme Winter Meet, a three programme Spring Meet, the 10 nights of the Dubai International Racing Carnival, and of course, the Dubai World Cup.

Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, GCC, Middle East & Iran commented: “Emirates is committed to the sport on a global level, sponsoring major races such as the Melbourne Cup, the Breeders’ Cup and Singapore Derby, as well as meets at Newmarket and York in the UK, however it is always very satisfying to support local events like the Winter Racing Challenge.

“It is a great showcase for UAE-based talent, giving race fans the chance to gain an early insight into which horses to look out for this season, and - of course - signals the countdown to the Dubai World Cup, which we are once again proud to be the title sponsor of.”

Meydan`s Chairman of the Board and CEO Saeed H Al Tayer added: "We are delighted to have our valued partners, Emirates Airline sponsoring the first race meeting of the new season. We thank them for their loyalty and commitment to racing and to Meydan. Our association dates back to the very first Dubai World Cup in 1996 and I hope our relationship continues to flourish for many years to come."

About Meydan – One dynamic location, many possibilities

Meydan City is the brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is the culmination of his vision to create not just the ultimate venue for horseracing, but also an integrated city that is sustainable, environmentally responsible and also one that positions Dubai at the centre of the competitive global business stage.

Meydan City will feature four distinct sub-districts – Meydan Racecourse; where the Meydan Grandstand takes centre stage and is home to the Dubai World Cup, Meydan Metropolis; a series of state-of-the-art business parks, Meydan Horizons; where business towers intermingle with luxury waterfront developments, and Meydan Godolphin Parks; with its distinctive Godolphin Tower created in the image of a thoroughbred and also where the shopping destination Signature Mall is located.

Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse can accommodate a capacity of over 60,000, and features fine-dining restaurants, covered car parking for 8,600, the Meydan Museum and Gallery, an IMAX Theatre, the Meydan Boathouse, and the world`s largest and longest trackside LED panel. The Dubai Racing Club, Emirates Racing Authority and Meydan Freezone Falcon Commercial Park Freezone offices are located here. Meydan Racecourse district will also feature a 9-hole golf course, showroom district and luxury residential villas to rival those in any cosmopolitan city.

Meydan Grandstand also houses the world’s first five-star trackside hotel, The Meydan. With 285 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, a Rooftop Infinity pool, a variety of F&B establishments, business, conference, banqueting facilities and a spa and fitness centre, most of these facilities offering stunning views of the racecourse.

The seamlessly interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces at Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse provide excellent venues for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions. These include unique facilities such as the Sky Bubble, which accommodates up to 4,500 guests, 72 Grandstand Corporate Suites with full track views, the Parade Ring, Receiving Barns, an indoor food court, extensive infield space, and the Apron Views.

With its Freezone status geared to businesses who are looking to be at the gateway to Europe and Asia, Meydan City is one location that offers a myriad of investment opportunities and experiences, delivering a perfect platform for business, entertainment and lifestyle.