Dubai, UAE, 15 August, 2011 – His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority, has approved the fixtures list for the 2011/2012 racing seasons at Jebel Ali Racecourse, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Meydan Racecourse and Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club.
This season of racing in the United Arab Emirates will increase a total of three days from 50 to 53, with two additional fixtures at Sharjah and one at Meydan. Over the past two seasons UAE racing has added a total of seven fixtures. Last year four fixtures were added to increase the total number from 46 in 2009/2010 to 50 for the 2010/2011 season.
The racing season will once again begin at Jebel Ali as the opening meeting is Friday, November 4, 2011 with 11 fixtures to be offered. The Jebel Ali season will conclude on March 23, 2012.
The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club will begin their season on Sunday, Novemer 6, 2011 and continue until closing day, March 18, 2012 with a total of 15 scheduled fixtures.
Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club will feature six fixtures with the opening scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2011 and the end of the season on February 18, 2012.
Meydan Racecourse will open for their third season on Thursday, November 10, 2011 with a total of five fixtures to be offered during November and December. Special afternoon post times will be scheduled for November 25 and December 23 with racing to begin at 3:00 pm. New Year’ Eve, December 31, will also feature an afternoon start with racing to begin at 4:30 pm. In addition, Meydan will hold five race fixtures through January, February and March. .
The Dubai International Racing Carnival, first held in 2004, has been renamed and will now serve as the Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWC Carnival), a change that will further align the prestigious racing to the famed Dubai World Cup. Although offering a new name, this will mark the ninth season for the carnival that will begin on Thursday, January 5, 2012. A total of 10 meetings will be held during the Dubai World Cup Carnival with an early post time schedule of 3:00 p.m. on two Friday dates, January 20 and February 3.
The start of the DWC Carnival will be teamed in the coming season with the 3rd Meydan Masters Jockey Challenge series. The competition will be held two days, January 5-6 and will feature challenge races each day.
This season will also see Super Thursday moved to the weekend and now serve as Super Saturday. The event will be scheduled on March 10 with an early post time of 4:30 pm and will conclude the Dubai World Cup Carnival season. Super Saturday is a significant showcase and major prep event for the highly anticipated Dubai World Cup that will be held three weeks later.
The closing day of the UAE season will also serve as the highlight of the 21 meetings to be held at Meydan and will feature the 17th running of the US$26.25 million Dubai World Cup, Saturday, March 31. This eight race card begins with an Arabian race, the Dubai Kahayla Class sponsored by Emaar, and concludes with the US$10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airlines, the world’s richest thoroughbred race.
For more information on the 2011/2012 race fixtures, please visit www.emiratesracing.com.