Flat racing is a form of horse racing which is run on a level racecourse. It is run over a predetermined distance from 2 furlongs (402 m) up to 3 miles (4,828 m) and is either test of speed, stamina, or both, whilst the skills of the jockey is determined by his ability to restrain the horse or impel it. Many different horse breeds are used in flat racing worldwide, but the Thoroughbred is the most dominant.

The races take place on track surfaces suitable for horses.

Horse Racing began in the Emirate of Dubai in October 1981, when the dusty Camel Track hosted the first Thoroughbred Race meeting. Three races were run – a sprint, a mile and a mile and a half, organized by the office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.