Last weekend was the first time after several years that I went to the Dubai World Cup. I could never quite understand the hype. It is world's richest horse race with a payout of $6 million for THE Cup, and a total of $22 million paid out throughout the night. It is one of the most expensive sporting events in the world.
This is a big deal if you have anything to do with horse racing. However, I was most perplexed by the majority who dress up and go to an event where they sit around and drink all afternoon and never see a single horse. Sometimes events are fun, but in this case as the day progressed, it was not pretty. This along with the challenges for parking, organization and waiting forever for a taxi to get home were not appealing.
Years later, we decided to give it a try. We were on the fence until the last minute. So late, that I found our tickets the day before. We arrived at the Meydan, the new racetrack that opened in 2010 and it did not feel like the typical race day I had observed before. There was parking available, the line to get in seemed well managed and the place was huge. In short, I can say this new venue is amazing. And the best feature of all, you can enjoy the races.
As usual, it is a great place to people watch - and hat watch. I never understood the hat fascination. Some internet research tells me that this tradition started because there was a strict dress code at the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot in the UK. All males had to wear full "morning dress" including a top hat. Ladies could not show bare midriffs or shoulders and had to wear hats. On race day here you will see a lot of shoulders and possibly mid-drifts, but more than that you will see hats of all shapes and sizes.
Below are a few interesting hats from last weekend. It was fun and I will definitely go again.
Honestly, the above was one of my favorite looks. I thought it looked so elegant.
Love the images where you cannot see the face because of the hat.
These ladies were a pair that attracted a lot of attention. "Hats" made from hair. Burj Khalifa and a horse. The girl with the horse said it was a tribute to Sheikh Mohammed as he loves horses. I believe the Burj was a tribute to Dubai.
|This was cute and she wore it well.|
|There was a Japanese group enjoying the races in their local dress. Loved them.|