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Construction To Begin Immediately On New Dubai Track
The Dubai Racing Club announced a joint-venture between Arabtec Construction (builder of the world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai) & WCT Engineering (the Malaysian company whose portfolio includes Formula 1 racetracks in Malaysia, Bahrain & Abu Dhabi) has won the contract to build the landmark horseracing development at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. The Meydan project is the personal vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice-President & Prime Minister of the UAE & Ruler of Dubai) & Meydan chairman Saeed H Al-Tayer confirmed: "It is only 6 months since Meydan was revealed to the world & we are already moving at an astonishing pace. The piling process, which began in April, is coming to completion soon & Meydan is firmly on course for its opening at the 2010 Dubai World Cup meeting, the 15th renewal of the world's richest day's racing, when of course the big race itself will have a minimum purse of US$10 million." He noted the 1km-long grandstand building "will be like no other in the world" & features: capacity of 55,000-60,000; 5-star-plus luxury hotel; more than 10 restaurants; Meydan Museum & Gallery; covered car parking for more than 10,000; home to the Dubai Racing Club & Emirates Racing Authority. Construction work on Meydan Racecourse "will begin immediately & take 2 years to complete". Other contracts scheduled to be announced soon include: the racecourse hotel operator; a state of the art Business Park; the construction of the dirt & turf racetracks; & the 18-hole championship golf course.