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New US$1bn Racing Complex For Dubai
Meanwhile the Dubai Racing Club announced plans "to create one of the world's most ambitious racing complexes, which will replace the ageing Nad al Sheba racecourse," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The US$1 billion project (dubbed Meydan racecourse & constructed under the guidance of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum) "will include a state-of-the-art racetrack & stabling facilities, as well as the world's 1st trackside hotel, all constructed near the site where Nad al Sheba now stands". The complex will include a 1750m dirt track & 2400m turf track "surrounded by a massive grandstand & several waterways that stretch the length of the facility". DRC chief executive Frank Gabriel summed up: "It is Sheikh Mohammed's vision of the future of racing in Dubai & the world. It's a fabulous model, like nothing I've ever seen before." DRC chairman Saeed Al Tayer confirmed the Meydan project will open for the 2010 Dubai World Cup.