Horses. Fashion. Fireworks. Sia. What a day, what a night…

The Dubai World Cup is full of contrasts, and it’s such a Dubai event: fashionistas rubbing shoulders with jockeys and world-class music competing with the Dhs36 million horse race on the track.

The rain wasn’t going to stop the party yesterday – here are 16 of the greatest moments from the day…

There were fireworks (of course there were)… and they were grand (again, of course they were). Click to play:

#dubaiworldcup #meydan #fireworks

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H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, was there with his family (read about Princess Haya’s chic sequin dress here):


Dubai World Cup 2017 ? #dubaiworldcup #كأس_دبي_العالمي

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Here’s how Sheikh Mohammed’s day at the races went down (click to play)…

These Sia buffs slaying the art of fandom are officially our best dressed ladies:

@siathisisacting @dubaiworldcupcarnival @meydanracing ✨ #SIA #thisisdubaiworldcup #dubaiworldcup #UAE

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But here are the best dressed folks as judged by the officials (to the left is the best dressed gent, and the centre is the best dressed lady):

And it’s safe to say there were plenty of impeccably dressed people on the day…

Including this horse racing enthusiast…

Horse watching horse races ? that’s Dubai, baby ?

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Sheikh Mohammed met Lebanese pop legend Nancy Ajram at the event:

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Who was wearing the same dress as fashionista Joelle Laoun (ooh, snap):

Horse racing #dubaiworldcup

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There were British celebs there too – here’s reality star Millie Mackintosh with Kim Kardashian’s Dubai-based BFF Carla DiBello:

Beautiful ladies @carladibello @via.saline ???

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We personally loved the Segway performers on the night (this is definitely as cool as a Segway ever gets):

Segway Performance #dubaiworldcup #uae #segway #performance #dancers

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And yes, while there was rain on the day, the sky still lit up…

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What about the actual racing? Well the USD10 million World Cup was won by the Kentucky-bred, Saudi-owned Arrogate:

And post-race, Sia impressed on stage. While her style of standing there unmoving while the show goes on around her does take a little getting used to, her voice was radio-crisp and her dancers phenomenal (click to play):

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See you there next year!

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