Seventh annual Dubai International Racing Carnival initiated Thursday

RacingThursday witnessed the beginning of the seventh annual Dubai International Racing Carnival at the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, the first meet to be held at the new track.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who attended the races, said, "Meydan is here now, you can't ignore it. We are very proud of it."

The race on Thursday commences the countdown to the Dubai World Cup on March 27, which has a 10-million-dollar purse, the World's highest.

It was at ad al-Sheba track where the Dubai World Cup was held for the previous 14 years and this year it has been replaced by Meydan.

As per the Dubai Racing Club's website, both a 1,750-metre (5,741-foot) all-weather track and a 2,400-metre (7,874-foot) turf track, along with a grandstand that stretches 1.5 kilometres, seats 60,000 people and houses a five-star hotel are boasted by Mayden, which is also said to be the largest racecourse in the World.