Dubai, UAE, 28 February, 2012 – The countdown to the Dubai World Cup Carnival enters its final month and the racing action grows bigger and bigger as the weekend will feature two racemeetings, both to be sponsored by Commercial Bank of Dubai, with racecards on Thursday, March 1 and Saturday, March 3.

On Thursday the action will be focused on the turf course as the Group 2 Zabeel Mile will offer prizemoney of US$250,000 and feature older horses contesting 1,600m.

The Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy for US$200,000, a 2,810m a test for stayers will also be contested on turf over 2,810m.

Thursday’s six-race programme will be impressive with total prizemoney of US$1million and racing for the first race begins at 6:30pm.

Saturday will also offer six races and a post time of 6:30pm

Saeed H. Al Tayer, Chairman and CEO of the Meydan Group said: “The success of the Dubai World Cup is largely based upon the wonderful efforts of the horsemen and their runners during the Dubai World Cup Carnival. We are thankful to have Commercial Bank of Dubai lend their support to the Dubai World Carnival. Their efforts and support in promoting our racing helps to build the reputation and recognition of the Dubai World Cup Carnival and Meydan. They are a wonderful community leader and we are pleased to team with them to bring the sport of racing to our spectators and special guests.”

Yaqoob Yousuf Hassan, Deputy Chief Executive of Commercial Bank of Dubai said: “The much awaited racing season is here once again and we, at Commercial Bank of Dubai are delighted and proud to be a regular patron of the Racing Carnival for the 6th consecutive year. This wonderful event has gained a lot of prominence and recognition locally as well as internationally over the years. Based on CBD’s vision that its role is not limited to just being a financial institution, social responsibility has been among one of CBD’s top priorities. As a responsible corporate citizen, Commercial Bank of Dubai gives back to society and the community by supporting community relations and sponsoring social, educational, cultural and sports events directed at the welfare and development of the country. On behalf of the bank, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dubai Racing Club and the organizing committee for welcoming us to partner with them. Last, but not the least we wish the newly named “Dubai World Cup Carnival” great success at its magnificent venue “Meydan” for the third year with a hope that the race fans and their families enjoy the racing season at Meydan which will conclude with the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup in March 2012.”

Racegoers can still purchase their general admission tickets for the Dubai World Cup, AED 25, at the Ticket Office located outside the admission area of Gate B.