Ever since its inaugural race in 1996, Dubai World Cup has been a mainstay on the emirate’s live events calendar. For many years, the ‘world’s richest horse race’ has been accompanied by an after-race concert, with the likes of Seal, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Sia and Gwen Stefani among the A-list acts to appear at the famous Meydan Racecourse venue. Unbeknownst to many concertgoers at the time, Gwen Stefani’s 2019 show was the last time the event included a concert, with subsequent Dubai World Cups favouring a firework display before sending punters on their way to party elsewhere in the city.
However, with a capacity crowd returning to Meydan for the first time following the COVID-19 pandemic, Dubai Racing Club decided to bring back the much-loved concert element of the evening, welcoming the likes of Rudimental, Sigala and headliner Becky Hill for an action-packed two-hour show.
Photos: Klaus Ostermayer, N&M Middle East