Leave it to Dubai to unfurl the world's first luxury "trackside hotel," a colossal resort that runs endlessly along Dubai's premier horse racetrack, the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.
The 285-room Jumeirah The Meydan shimmers from afar as the center of Meydan City, Dubai's prodigious integrated racing, business and lifestyle hub. Several aspects make this posh pony-spotting destination a must see in Dubai. Here are my favorite reasons after a recent visit:
From Japanese to American Steakhouse, Jumeirah The Meydan covers the globe when it comes to cuisine. Both the lobby's Millennium Lounge and poolside bar, Equus Bar, make impressive presentations of stunning cocktails and health-minded nibbles. My favorite pick of the property was Farriers, the all day dining destination finished with thoughtful horse inspired detailing. Sweeping views of the track and bright cooking stations, from smoothie bars to sushi bars, make Farriers delightfully inviting and satisfying.
Jumeirah The Meydan's rooftop bar and pool provides possibly the best view of a racetrack on the globe. The long infinity pool disappears against the background of the expansive lush turfs of the racetrack. At sunset, I caught loungers noshing on mini Wagyu burgers and kebobs and drifting up to the side of the pool to sip crimson colored cocktails. The enormous futuristic crescent shaped panel hovering above the pool is the hotel's solar energy installation and made the pool area even more unbelievable. This sky-high bar is a must-see spot while in Dubai, especially during the race season.
Although Dubai pastimes, such as shopping and golfing, are a bit of trek from the Jumeirah The Meydan, at least until the integrated city is built out, the hotel still offers guests a roster of elaborate experiences to partake in. The Meydan Grandstand holds Dubai's second IMAX Theatre with the capacity to show films at 10 times the regular size. Quite the all-encompassing view!
A fascinating display dedicated to the art and history of horseracing in the Middle East can be found inside the Meydan Museum. The Meydan Marina, along the Grandstand, allows yachts and humbler boats to anchor close to the racetrack from the Dubai Creek. For guests of Jumeirah The Meydan seeking additional water extravaganzas, the hotel offers free access to Wild Wadi Waterpark and the private beach club on Jumeirah Beach.
For the equine inclined, Jumeirah The Meydan offers exclusive behind the scenes tours of the horses and housing. I was able to see the saddling paddock, Jockey's Lounge, Horse Connection Lounge and Parade Ring where the lucky few champions trot around. Check with the front desk on these tours, as they are offered only on certain days.