Racing returns to Nad Al Sheba this week on Friday December 26, when the eighth meeting of the season will be sponsored by Etisalat, and is a seven race affair.

Dubai Racing Club CEO Mr Frank Gabriel Jr said: “Etisalat has long been associated with the Dubai Racing Club, sponsoring meetings during the Winter Racing Challenge, the Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Godolphin Mile at the Dubai World Cup.

“We are delighted that our valued partnership continues with the Boxing Day Racemeeting.

“With only one meeting to go now to qualify for Winter Racing Challenge Finals day, a number of horses will be looking to impress and guarantee a top-six place for the three categories which will earn them a spot for Finals day on January 1.”

Mr Essa Haddad, Chief Managing Officer of Etisalat added: “Etisalat has always been committed to partnering key activities and events in the communities within which we operate, and our partnership with the Dubai Racing Club is one that we value.

“We are very pleased at this opportunity to support the 2008 Winter Racing Challenge and bring the excitement and passion of racing to the UAE Public.

“The sponsorship reflects our strong commitment to support the cause of sports and bring such world class events to the UAE.”

Friday’s card is set to begin at 3pm and there are a number of hospitality options available to suit all tastes and budgets in both the Millennium Grandstand and the Maktoum Grandstand.

Entrance to the public area of the racecourse is free of charge and there are also complimentary transfers to and from Nad Al Sheba from Dubai Marina (by Spinneys), Arabian Ranches (Shopping complex), Wafi (in front of Pyramids) and Emirates Towers (Boulevard entrance by Cartier).

Buses will leave at 12.30pm from these locations, and return departures will be at 7.00pm from the racecourse.

And off the track, the DRC will be staging special Boxing Day hospitality packages in the Millennium Grandstand.

Tickets for this event are priced at just AED400 per adult, AED200 per child between the ages of four and 12.

Tickets to the Terrace Bar are priced at AED35 where a cash bar, and à la carte snack menu will be available along with the popular live band after racing.