Coronavirus: Dubai World Cup to be held without ‘spectators’

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor and jockey Christophe Soumillon pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai World Cup alongside Dubai's Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE. (Reuters)

The Dubai World Cup this year will be held without “paid hospitality spectators,” as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.

“Only horse connections, racing officials, accredited media and sponsors will be permitted entry,” according to a statement posted on the Dubai Racing Club’s website.

All other related events including welcome receptions, “Breakfast with the Stars,” as well as same day live entertainment have been canceled.

The event organizers also said they “continue to coordinate and adhere to guidelines from the UAE government.”

The international event is held every year at the Meydan Racecourse which has a capacity for over 80,000 people.

Next year marks the event’s 25th anniversary.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54