So here we are at the so called “quiet” time of the horse racing industry. What happens in June and July when Group 1 racing is done and dusted for the year? Here’s what happens, it’s all cylinders go as usual! Horses are still in work and the Spring superstars are about to hit the scene. As for trainers and their families this is what we get up to.
During winter is really our only and ideal time to have a break. Tracks are wet and we don’t have a high number of horses running each week so it’s the perfect time to get away with the family. This year we are having a European summer with a stop over in Dubai on the way.
Dubai is a cosmopolitan oasis filled with futuristic skyscrapers that tower over the Arabian Desert. It is the home of the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa, only seven star hotel Burj al Arab, the largest artificial island The Palm and Meydan the home of the world’s richest horse race to name a few.
Our stopover happened to coincide with the beginning of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion. They fast during daylight and break their fast with communal meals organised at homes or out at restaurants. My family and I had the privilege to experience an Iftar with the locals.
With amazing views and a lavish spread of the finest food, Asateer at the Atlantis The Palm was truly a special way of observing the Holy Month. The Palm’s pop up Majlis looks onto the Arabian Gulf while within it’s opulent interior you will find a feast of dishes from around the world. Whether you go for classic lamb ouzo or a lobster tagine you’re sure to leave satisfied!
These are some of my favourite things to do in Dubai.