Dubai World Cup 2022: Everything you need to know

From how to get your tickets, what to wear and the big names hitting the stage – we’ve got you covered

One of the most anticipated events in Dubai’s social calendar is the Dubai World Cup and the 2022 event is shaping up to be a big one.

Whether you like equestrian sports or just enjoy the glamour of race day, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Dubai World Cup this March.

To make sure you know everything there is to know about the event, we have all your burning questions answered.

Giddy up, let’s go.

When is the Dubai World Cup?
A very important question. Mark your diary – the Dubai World Cup will be taking place on Saturday March 26 at Meydan Racecourse. The gates open at 12pm and the first race kicks off at 3.45pm.

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How do I get tickets to the Dubai World Cup?
Tickets are now available to purchase online for the Dubai World Cup 2022. There are two ticket types available for the races themselves; general admission and apron views.

General admission tickets give ticket holders access to the main public areas including the outdoor grandstand seating area, close views of the parade ring and access to the food court on the mezzanine floor. Pre-purchased tickets for general admission start at Dhs20 per person.

Described as a ‘lively social village’, you’ll find all the action at apron views. Here, enter the famous Style Stakes fashion competition to win some amazing prizes and check out the familiar Dubai food and drink pop ups, including McGettigan’s, Bubble Lounge, Barasti and The Stables. Tickets also start from Dhs20 per person for entry only.

Make sure to bring sun cream, as many of these areas are outdoor and uncovered. (Pink arms are not a good match for that fancy fascinator).

Can I buy tickets when I get there or do I have to book before I go?
Ticket purchases for general entry can be made online and at the venue. However, prices differ slightly if you are purchasing at the venue, starting at Dhs50. Tickets at the gate are looking to be very limited, so make sure to book online or get down early. If you’re hoping to attend the post-race concert, you’ll need a different ticket just for these, which will also need to be pre-booked.

Can I bring the kids?
Children are welcome at the event in both the general admission and the apron views categories. Children over the age of two will require a ticket to enter and be charged the usual adult price.

How do I get to Meydan Racecourse?
The Dubai World Cup is held once again at Meydan Racecourse, easily accessible by car from across Dubai, with self-park and valet parking available. The RTA operates a taxi service from the Meydan Racecourse and Grandstand, with the drop-off and pick up areas to be found outside Gate B. Handy, that.

Is parking included in my ticket price?
Parking is not included in the ticket prices for either general admission or apron views for the Dubai World Cup 2022. The parking fee is set at an additional cost of Dhs80.

Wait, so what should I wear?
Officially the dress code is ‘smart casual’. Avoid flip flops, trainers, denim and shorts.

If you fancy yourself as a fashionista, the Dubai World Cup holds a very important place in the Dubai fashion calendar. This is your excuse to buy that new dress, get the suit tailored, shine the shoes and pull out all the stops.

The Dubai World Cup Style Stakes will take place in the fashion garden at apron views where contestants (male and female) will go head-to-head in a number of fashionable categories including; most creative hat, most creative outfit, best dressed man, best dressed lady and best dressed couple.

The best dressed race-goers will be in with a chance to win big prizes, and the coveted titles of Best Dressed at Dubai World Cup for 2022. So, if you’ve got a flair for fashion, get the fascinator out and put your best foot forward.

I’ve heard Dubai World Cup has a quality concert line up, who is playing?
You would be correct, and 2022 is no different. The star studded two-hour post-race concert is one not to be missed. The show is set to kick off at 9.30pm above Meydan Racecourse along with the Dubai World Cup closing ceremony. Big names like Rudimental, Sigala and Becky Hill will hit the stage alongside some local talent like Ayesha Reid.

Oh so cool, do I need tickets?
Yes, this exclusive post-race concert event is only available to concert ticket holders. Tickets should be purchased in advance. Regular tickets start at Dhs295 and golden circle starts at Dhs495.

From Dhs20 (general entry) and from Dhs295 (concert). Saturday March 26, from 12pm.