Dubai International Racing Carnival
Emirates is the official carrier of the Dubai World Cup Carnival that hosts the world’s richest horse race – the Dubai World Cup. The Carnival is held at the prestigious Meydan Racecourse, designed to host world’s best race horses. Running from January to March, each night of racing has its own featured event or events. Emirates partners with Meydan on the penultimate day of racing, Super Saturday, sponsoring the two exciting lead in races to the Dubai World Cup and the Dubai Duty Free – the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Group 1) and the Jebel Hatta (Group 1).
Emirates’ St Petersburg Launch at Emirates Melbourne Cup
On the first Tuesday in November, all eyes in Australia were focused on Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne for the 151st running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup, known as the ‘race that stops a nation’, in which the French-trained Dunaden battled hard to beat Ed Dunlop’s Red Cadeaux in a thrilling finish.
To celebrate the start of Emirates’ daily, non-stop service to St Petersburg, the award-winning airline hosted a number of celebrity guests in its St Petersburg-themed marquee, including Nicoletta Romanoff, the granddaughter of Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia and a descendent of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia.
“It is a great honour to be here in Australia to celebrate with Emirates on what has been a very special day, both in terms of witnessing the Emirates Melbourne Cup and enjoying the splendour of the marquee, which is a stunning recreation of one of my favourite places in St Petersburg – the Catherine Palace,” said Ms Romanoff, who made her cinematic debut in the 2003 Italian film ‘Remember Me, My Love’, directed by Gabriele Muccino.
“St Petersburg has much to offer leisure and business travellers alike, and it is fantastic news that Emirates has added the city as its second destination in Russia,” Ms Romanoff added.
Emirates is the Principal Partner of Victoria Racing Club and the Title Sponsor of the Emirates Melbourne Cup and Emirates Stakes.
Emirates and horse racing have been synonymous for a number of years and it now forms an important part of our sponsorship portfolio. See also Races and Stables.