The Dubai World Cup this year will take place without live spectators this year to fill the Meydan Grandstand.
In a release on the event’s website, it was explained the decision to hold the event without spectators was made as a precautionary health measure. It said: “Due to the ongoing global health implications of the COVID-19/coronavirus and precautionary measures being implemented by the UAE government, Dubai Racing Club will host the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 28 without paid hospitality spectators at Meydan Racecourse.”
Events surrounding the main sporting day will also be cancelled. These include the post-position draw on March 25, the breakfast with the stars activation on March 26 and the welcome reception on that same day. All other entertainment arranged for the event has been cancelled also.
The statement added: “Only horse connections, racing officials, accredited media and sponsors will be permitted entry. All races will be contested and regulated in a standard fashion and results will be recorded officially.”
The Meydan Racecourse is overlooked by the five-star Meydan Hotel, which prior to this recent development, had arrange a number of events and activations for guests during the World Cup.