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Refreshing Fridays: Visit Dubai for the Dubai World Cup

- Melanie Zieba,

dubai-world-cupAny affluent horse race lover knows that if there’s only one race to attend in a year, it’s the Dubai World Cup. Forget the Kentucky Derby or the Grand National, the Dubai World Cup is the richest horse race in the world and this year it’s happening this weekend on March 27 2010 at the Meydan racecourse.

Only the best jockeys, horses and trainers make the annual trip to the UAE in the hopes of attaining the multi-million dollar prizes. And in this “Pearl of the Arabian Gulf” that is Dubai, only the most extravagant of cocktails will do to accompany the race.

Come and drink up, cheer on your favorite thoroughbred and celebrate your win with a stay at one of these amazing luxury hotels in Dubai.

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Burj Al Arab:
If you’ve been living under a rock then you might not have heard about this architectural marvel, Burj Al Arab, known as the ultimate symbol of luxury in the UAE. Wake up each morning to breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf from every window and feel pampered by their unparalleled service. And while here, take the elevator all the way up to the 27th floor, 200 meters above sea level to their Skyview Bar and order the Peri-Gold-Fashion cocktail. Made with Le Heraud Fine Champagne 1900, truffle slices, dried white grapes, sugar and truffle oil this $2,600USD drink will be the icing on the cake to your Dubai World Cup win!

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Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa:
The Jumeirah Bab Al Shames Desert Resort and Spa is a heavenly elegant retreat in a traditional Arabic setting smack in the middle of the desert. This fine location is perfect for activities that only the desert can offer like soaking up the sun, scheduled falconry shows or camel riding onto the dunes. And when it’s your horse that crosses the line this year at the Dubai World Cup celebrate your winnings at their Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge for a puff on the Shisha and a few of their signature Desert Classic cocktails.

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Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai:
With all the horse racing hoopla, come and cool off at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai, the luxury alpine retreat in the middle of the desert. Located adjacent to the world renowned Ski Dubai, this is the place where you can literally hit the slopes and the beach all in the same day. This hotel is pure luxury with an impressive array of distinguished ski chalets complete with a fireplace and views of ski hill. While here, celebrate race day at their Evory Lounge, the very hip and trendy bar, with cutting edge design and an array of delicious cocktails to take you into the early morning. And if you love to dance, rumor has it, the in-house DJ is mind blowing.

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The Palace, The Old Town:
The Palace, The Old Town, is one of Dubai’s best kept secrets. Build on the edge of a lake and ideally located in the Downtown Dubai area, this luxury resort is defiantly one spot  you’ll long to come back to again and again. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, a Hammam, fitness center, business lounges and an amazing pool with Arabian tents what could be better? And to celebrate the Dubai World Cup, be sure to lounge by the pool at their Ewaan Lounge where they have an array of Shisha options and specialty drinks to keep your happy buzz going all evening.

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InterContinental Dubai-Festival City:
Inspired by a graceful sailboat the InterContinental Dubai-Festival City is a leisure seekers dream or the urban adventurer. Interconnected to all of the action in Dubai and surrounded by internationally themed restaurants and hundreds of shopping venues, you might just miss the Dubai World Cup altogether. After a long day of adventure make sure to indulge at their spa and then head up to the Vista Lounge for the best view of the harbour accompanied by live piano music with a delicious evening cocktail.

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Atlantis The Palm, Dubai:
At the Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, everything is on a grand scale. With spectacular views both over and under the sea and set on the man-made palm tree shaped island in the Persian Gulf, it has to be seen to be believed. This amazing resort is complete with over 1500 rooms 17 restaurants and bars and a 42 acres water park! And if you’d like to add a touch of class to your Dubai World Cup adventure be sure to spend and evening at the Ossiano Bar for a chic underwater ambiance catering to wine and tapas enthusiasts. After a stay here you might begin to think that you are in heaven on earth.

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