Longines Returns to Meydan Racecourse for Landmark 20th Dubai World Cup Season

Photo: Dubai Racing Club/Andrew Watkins

Official Timekeeper Presents Six-Race Card on Thursday

Luxury Swiss watchmaker and Meydan Pillar Partner, Longines makes a return to Meydan Racecourse this Thursday (December 4, 2014) for the third race meeting of the Meydan season.

The brand presents a six-race, all-Thoroughbred card, highlighted by the Dh160,000 featured handicap over 1600m.

As well as a major presence at the track during the Racing at Meydan season, Longines also launches the Dubai World Cup Carnival with a valuable card highlighted by the two Al Maktoum Challenge R1 races, one for Purebred Arabians and one for Thoroughbreds on Thursday January 8, 2015. The brand is also an important part of Dubai World Cup day and is represented through the running of the internationally-renowned Group 1 US$6m Dubai Sheema Classic presented by Longines, which be staged during the landmark 20th Dubai World Cup day on March 28, 2015.

Walter von Känel, President of Longines said: “Longines is very proud to be the Official Partner as well as the Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Meydan Racecourse. The 2014-2015 race season will be a very special one as the Dubai World Cup celebrates its 20th renewal. Together with the Meydan Group, we share common values such as tradition, elegance and performance.”

Malih Al Basti, Meydan Group Board Member and Chairman of the Meydan Racing Committee, said: “Longines’ long-term sponsorship of our racing season is demonstrative of the brand’s commitment to the development of the sport in Dubai. Longines is a name associated with many of the world’s very best race meetings and equestrian sports and we are proud to welcome them to Meydan each season.”

Thursday’s racecards can be viewed on

Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. Longines has generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships and as a partner of international sports federations. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd, the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With the winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand has outlets in over 140 countries.

Admission is free to the public areas of Meydan Racecourse, gates open at 5pm and the first race starts at 6.45pm. For further details and hospitality ticket packages please contact: +971 4327 2110, or visit

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