Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Horsing Around

I went to have a behind the scenes tour of Meydan last week. In case you didn’t know, Meydan is the new horse-racing track here in Dubai. Horse racing is HUGE here, and it’s a particular favourite of Sheikh Mo’s. He can regularly be seen running shoulders with our dear old Queen at Ascot each year.

Hence calling it a track is a bit of an understatement, think Chester Races multiplied by about 15 in size. It’s mammoth. You can see it from miles away (and interestingly, from my balcony!) As ever, it’s one of those places where one minute you’re driving through sand as far as the eye can see, and the next minute you’re greeted with a beautiful vision. The fact that the actual race track is, by its very nature, made of grass, means that the contrast between brown and green is incredible when you first walk in….

It isn’t properly functioning at the moment, just opening at the weekend for racing. I was having a nosy round as we were considering using it for a launch event – suffice to say that the price for a corporate hospitality suite for one evening was just a little out of our price range (75,000 quid if you’re interested…). Thanks to the lovely Liberty I’m heading there this Thursday for a bit of a schmooze….previously mentioned slinky blue dress may get an airing. Well, there will be royalty in attendance….full report to follow!

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