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Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Etisalat to sponsor Meydan’s next racemeeting


Dubai, UAE, 10 January, 2012 – The excitement of the Dubai World Cup Carnival continues on Thursday, January 12 when the Dubai Racing Club will stage the first “black type” races, the highest level of the sport, at Meydan. The seven race programme, sponsored by Etisalat includes the opening rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge, one race for Purebred Arabians and another for Thoroughbreds.

These two races both run over 1600 metres, lead-off a tally of 33 Group and Listed, known collectively as black type, events for both breeds to be run at the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival and Dubai World Cup.


The Purebred Arabian race is ranked a Group One contest while the Thoroughbred edition is Group Three. Both will be run on the all-weather surface.

Thursday’s programme will be the third of the Dubai World Cup Carnival leading to the famed Dubai World Cup on March 31, 2012.

Meydan’s Chairman of the Board and CEO Saeed H. Al Tayer said: “We’ve been pleased by the start of the Dubai World Cup Carnival and welcome the continued support of our sponsors, who play an important part in the continuity of this exciting sport. We’re sure our partners fully appreciate the community connection that racing provides to the people of Dubai and our international guests. Racing provides a wonderful mix of fun, spectacle and excitement and we wish everyone a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”

Jaber Al Janahi, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Etisalat, said, “In Etisalat’s sixth year of sponsorship of the Dubai World Cup, we are particularly delighted to be sponsoring the upcoming “black type” races in the Dubai World Cup Carnival. These prestigious, internationally renowned events have become a great platform for Etisalat to encourage the local sporting community. It helps us connect with a larger global audience that the event attracts. As the leading telecom operator in the region, this strategic sponsorship falls in line with our endeavour to be at the forefront of sporting events that honour the rich tradition of our country. It also works towards fulfilling our responsibility to support world-renowned initiatives that benefit our people in general.”


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