The Dubai Duty Free has been renamed the Dubai Turf (G1) after an announcement made Thursday in Dubai. The change comes following a new five-year sponsorship deal with DP World. Below is the edited press release from the Dubai Racing Club. DP World is sponsoring Thursday’s second Carnival meeting at Meydan.
DP World Signs Pillar Partner Sponsorship Deal with Meydan Group
United Arab Emirates, Dubai: Thursday January 15, 2015: Global marine terminal operator DP World has become the newest company to sponsor a race on Dubai World Cup day after signing a five-year sponsorship agreement with Meydan Group to back the Group 1 race, Dubai Turf, which this season will see prize money boosted from $5m to $6m for the first time.
The Dubai Turf, one of the world’s premier Group 1 grass races, formerly known as the Dubai Duty Free, is run over 1800m. The honour roll of previous winners includes the two Mike de Kock-trained runners, Ipi Tombe (2003) and Right Approach (2004), Japanese galloper, Admire Moon (2007), local hero, Al Shemali (2010) international globetrotting star, Presvis (2011) and runaway winner, Just A Way (2014).
The deal will see DP World sponsoring the Dubai World Cup Carnival card this Thursday, January 15th and a Racing at Meydan meeting held before the Carnival each year. This Thursday’s card features the high-class UAE 1000 and 2000 Guineas Trials as well as the Listed Dubawi Stakes.
HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said: “We are proud supporters of Dubai as a premier destination for prestigious sporting events and have supported the European Tour’s Race to Dubai golf championship for many years. We are delighted to join the impressive list of Pillar Partners for the 20th running of the world renowned Dubai World Cup day. As an international company with operations across six continents, we are looking forward to connecting with the world through this important race, promoting Dubai as a centre of excellence for sport, tourism and trade.
“The Dubai World Cup has rapidly developed into a unique and hugely popular event on the global racing calendar at one of the world’s leading sporting venues. We are honoured to be sponsoring one of the major races on that night, the Group 1 US$6m Dubai Turf, which was won by Japanese star, Just A Way in 2014, and to support the event for the next five years in the run up to the World Expo in 2020.”
Meydan Group Chairman, Saeed H. Al Tayer, said: “DP World’s commitment to racing is a significant development for Meydan Group. As a renowned global company with a considerable interest in Dubai, their partnership represents the continued evolution of first-class horse racing in Dubai and the wider promotion of racing in Dubai and the UAE around the world.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome DP World to Meydan as a Pillar Partner, especially as we edge towards the landmark 20th running of Dubai World Cup day – the event that was responsible for placing Dubai on the global map back in 1996.”
About DP World:
DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2013, DP World handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) and 44.8 million TEU for the first nine months of 2014. With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of around 30,000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.
In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 20 consecutive years.