GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
March 27, 1996: The world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup, is first run in the United Arab Emirates.

Horse racing is an ancient Arabian sport. The Dubai World Cup is considered to be in the same class as other world-renowned horse races, such as the English Derby and Oaks Classics. Dubai also hosts professional golf events -- golf is the fastest growing sport in the UAE -- as well as prestigious motorcar rallies.

WWW Dubai World Cup
http://www.dubaiworldcup.com/

The official Web site of the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race