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Old Posted Mar 31, 2007, 2:58 PM
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Meydan - 76 million square feet and feature state-of-the-art dirt and turf tracks

The Dubai Racing Club is delighted to unveil plans for a phenomenal new iconic horseracing city called Meydan.





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H.H. Sheikh Mohammed unveiled a model of the new project Meydan Racecourse. During the last night’s unveiling extravaganza at the Madinat Jumeirah, no specifics were released. The official announcement is scheduled at Nad al Sheba prior to today Dubai World Cup card.
According to the published reports, Meydan Racecourse would seat up to 80,000 patrons and include a parking facility for 10,000 vehicles. It would be completed by 2010 and racing at Nad al Sheba would continue uninterrupted during the construction period.
Named Meydan (Arabic for “new challenge”) the complex would apparently replace the Nad al Sheba racecourse in Dubai that will host the 12th annual Dubai World Cup Saturday. The present facility will accommodate about 45,000 to 50,000 Saturday.
The new facility, for which details are expected to be announced prior to the World Cup card Saturday, would apparently handle many more patrons than that.
With no official announcement, the unveiling was an entertaining affair, replete with ceremonial dancers and fireworks. A video preface into the unveiling showed horses racing while the Olympic fanfare theme John Williams composted for the Olympics played in the background, leading to speculation that Dubai may make a bid to host the Olympics.
Despite the lack of details and only a look at facility onlookers, including many U.S. owners and breeders, were impressed with what they saw.
The proposed complex, which would include a myriad of housing options, would be located at a site farther outside the city of Dubai than is the current racetrack.
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