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Martin von den Driesch

Dubai World Cup 2011. ASIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, EMIRATE DUBAI, DUBAI, 26.03.2011: The Dubai World Cup, the final event of a racing season that run from November till March, is the top sport and society event in Dubai. With prize-money of more than $US26.00 million it is the highest-paid racing event in the world - anything else would have been a major surprise in this city of superlatives. Event he economic crisis hasn't slowed down the ruler srive for superlative: the price-money for the final race, the Dubai World Cup card, has gone up from $US6.00 in 2009 to $USD10.00 Mio this year. And yet, it is one of the most democratic international sport events that one can attend. While most of the westerners simply want to have a good party (and to get drunk), the ruler's focus is exclusively on the outcome of the races. Large sections of the crowd- many of them from the Subcontinent and from Africa- simply enjoy a good day out with friends or family.

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Dubai World Cup 2011. ASIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, EMIRATE DUBAI, DUBAI, 26.03.2011: The Dubai World Cup, the final event of a racing season that run from November till March, is the top sport and society event in Dubai. With prize-money of more than  $US26.00 million it is the highest-paid racing event in the world - anything else would have been a major surprise in this city of superlatives. Event he economic crisis hasn't slowed down the ruler srive for superlative: the price-money for the final race, the Dubai World Cup card, has gone up from $US6.00 in 2009 to $USD10.00 Mio this year. And yet, it is one of the most democratic international sport events that one can attend. While most of the westerners simply want to have a good party (and to get drunk), the ruler's focus is exclusively on the outcome of the races. Large sections of the  crowd- many of them from the Subcontinent and from Africa- simply enjoy a good day out with friends or family.