In recent years, Asia has established itself on the international sports map. Having played host to countless monumental sporting events, it proves that it’s a booming industry and more than worth the journey to witness a piece of sports history unfold.
Here are a few events that you should seriously consider attending in the future.
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Thoroughbred racing has been around in Dubai since 1981, but it wasn’t until 1996 that the World Cup was founded. Since then, it has become a staple on the international horse racing calendar. The New York Times claims the combination of huge prize money and top-caliber horses has contributed to its speedy growth, which is also what makes the event an amazing sight to witness.
To this day, it is considered the richest day of racing in the world, featuring a total of $30 million in prize money and nine races. But aside from that, attendees get to enjoy an extravagant fireworks display and a massive concert. In the past, they have welcomed heavy hitters like Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Toni Braxton to their stage.
Every September, the annual Formula One Grand Prix night race sweeps the nation. Since its inception in 2008, it has attracted both local and international audiences to The Float at Marina Bay Sands. The Float forms part of Turns 17 and 18 of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which hosts the Grand Prix every year. While the floating platform was originally built to host soccer matches, the venue, which has a seating capacity of up to 30,000, has enjoyed some of its most successful turnouts thanks to this unique night race.
Throughout the years, the event has even invited globally renowned talents like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, and many more. Indeed, the race has come a long way and has showed the world that Southeast Asia is more than capable of hosting an event of this cultural magnitude. On top of this, Business Insider notes that another reason that attendees flock to the race is for its extravagant, over-the-top parties.
While Singapore is considered one of the most expensive cities in the world, fans of the Grand Prix will be happy to know there are many less costly and even free things to do in Singapore, as we previously mentioned on Feet Do Travel.
The exhilarating Dragon Boat Festival in China
The human-powered boats are designed in vibrant colors and shapes resembling their namesake mythological creature. A sacred ceremony also takes place prior to the competition, which is another spectacular sight not to be missed.
For the first time, The Chang (Buri Ram) International Circuit played host to the MotoGP race. Already, the 2018 race weekend was the most attended and has been voted the best of the season. Crowds drew in to experience Thailand’s first taste of the sport, clocking in at 220,000 people who made their way to Buri Ram over the three-day event. Despite it being MotoGP’s first opportunity in Thailand, Motorsport itself has always been common among Thailand locals, which has undoubtedly helped foster the experience.
Due to the popularity of the MotoGP, the Thai Tourism Board is planning to expand the local airport. This is to allow more visitors to experience the exciting race as well as take in Buri Ram’s natural beauty and its unique temples.
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