United Arab Emirates' graded racing calendar

Updated: 22th January 2018

The following table contains the most important races currently in United Arab Emirates.

The racing season in the UAE starts in October, with several listed races in December, but the "real" season for most of the world begins in January with the Al Maktoum Challenge, which has one round each month. These are followed by the UAE Guineas and the UAE Oaks in February; the UAE Derby is run in March on the Dubai World Cup undercard, which is the richest horse-racing meeting worldwide. It also ends the season in the Emirates.

Colour distinction:
JanuaryG2Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1Meydan1 miled3+
G3Singspiel StakesMeydan1 1/8 milest3+
G3Dubawi StakesMeydan6 furlongsd3+
JanuaryG2Al Fahidi FortMeydan7 furlongst3+f
G3Jebel Ali MileJebel Ali1 miled3
JanuaryG2Al RashidiyaMeydan1 1/8 milest3+
FebruaryG2Cape VerdiMeydan1 milet3+f
FebruaryG2Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2Meydan1 3/16 milesd3+
G3Firebreak StakesMeydan1 miled3+
G3Al Shindagha SprintMeydan6 furlongsd3+
G3UAE GuineasMeydan1 miled3
G3Dubai Millennium StakesMeydan1 1/4 milest3+
FebruaryG2Zabeel MileMeydan1 milet3+
G3UAE OaksMeydan1 3/16 milesd3f
FebruaryG2BalanchineMeydan1 1/8 milest3+f
G3Nad al Sheba TrophyMeydan1 3/4 milest3+
G3Mahab al ShimaalMeydan6 furlongsd3+
G3Meydan SprintMeydan5 furlongst3+
G3Burj NahaarMeydan1 miled3+
MarchG2Dubai City of GoldMeydan1 1/2 milest3+
MarchG1Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3Meydan1 1/4 milesd3+
MarchG1Jebel HattaMeydan1 1/8 milest3+
G3Abu Dhabi ChampionshipAbu Dhabi1 3/8 milesd3+
MarchG2Godolphin MileMeydan1 miled3+
MarchG2Dubai Gold CupMeydan2 milest3+
MarchG2UAE DerbyMeydan1 3/16 milesd3
MarchG1Al Quoz SprintMeydan5 furlongst3+
MarchG1Dubai Golden ShaheenMeydan6 furlongsd3+
MarchG1Dubai TurfMeydan1 1/8 milest3+
MarchG1Dubai Sheema ClassicMeydan1 1/2 milest3+
MarchG1Dubai World CupMeydan1 1/4 milesd3+