The Hat Race

Photo essay: Fashion at the richest racing event in the world

by Parviz Forghani
When after many months of planning, finally I made it to go and visit the "Nad Al Shiba", Dubai's extravagant horse racing field, it coincided with "Dubai World Cup". A multi-million-dollar mega event to attract red carpet stars not only in the fields of horse racing and betting, but a Hollywood style party: tons of cosmetics, extreme high heels, night gowns, $500 champagnes and sparkling wines and giggles as well as loud laughter. As a tradition of horse racing events, the ladies dress as if they are in a night party and they wear hats: elegant hats, chic hats, big hats, feather hats, beautiful hats and funny hats. Out of all events and sights, this "Hat Walk" attracted my attention >>> more

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maziar 58

Mr Forghani

by maziar 58 on

Bi lmaazara!

I'm sorry  o.k

Nice work and photo album from Jebel  ali also known as dubai jewel of the persian gulf.



Full Disclosure

by Faramarz on

Dear Mr. Forghani,

That quote is not mine but it belongs to Jon Stewart from the Comedy Channel. Karim Sadjadpour uses that line as a set up for his line, "The Islamic Republic is a hybrid between the Soviet Union and the Taleban!"

However, I do have a few lines of my own that I have used on this site for the past seven years! 


Parviz Forghani

Two sides of the coin

by Parviz Forghani on

Thanks for the comments and thoughts, I agree with most of you, I specially like Faramarz's note when he says "Dubai is the child of love between Saudi Arabia and Las Vegas" very nicely said! And I have to mention that I do not agree with Maziar when he calls these ladies "whores" that's a bit too far. Living off and on in Dubai for 15 years I have tried to show both sides of Dubai coin in my notes and photos. If you read Persian and are interested check these:













I also have several pictorial essays here in Iranian which you can follow if you like.

Thanks again for all your comments and notes, they teach me alot.

Anonymous Observer

They look like the Capitol people in The Hunger Games

by Anonymous Observer on



Land of discriminations!

by Arj on

Those of us who have been to UAE more than once (for, the first trip is mostly spent on sightseeing, shopping and getting hammered...), might have had a chance of seeing both sides of Dubai, this land of extravagant consumptions which is founded on an archaic caste system based on principles of modern day slavery!

A land where the tallest buildings in the world are built by the lowest paid labourers deprived of their very basic human rights, who in many cases spend their nights like sardin, crammed in shipping containers alongside dozens others with no running water or A/C in 55 degrees Celcius: //

The Mecca of sex trade and unabashed human trafficking: //

A haven for the rape and domestic abuse enthusiasts who wish to enjoy state-sanctioned indemnity: //


The first singing.

by Sinibaldi on


soft wind




desire of




Soosan Khanoom

Well .....

by Soosan Khanoom on

Don't say that to anyone but I am a little bit Taghooti myself..    I can't resist the exotic beaches, the delicious cuisines and not to mention the best shopping malls ever ..  blame it on me for being such an uncontrollable shopaholic..... 

But seriously I like Dubai.    I will write more about it with some pictures to proof .

And Dariush jan thanks for being such a great sport. I appreciate your sense of humor ..

Darius Kadivar

OMG Soosan Khanoom jan so you hang out with Taghootis too ? ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Didn't it occur to you that Human Rights are being Abused by the Local SAVAK while you spent your money oblivious of all the "corruption" and disregard for "Human Rights" in this Sand Kingdom ? ...



The dark side of Dubai by Johann Hari (The Independent)


United Arab Emirates - Human Rights Watch


Bad Bazam Megeen MARG BAR SHAH ? ...


pictory: French TV present's Kish Island (1977) |





maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

No insult was intended.

1985-86 x-mass times happened to be there waiting for my family to re-unite.

me coming from USA and 30 ish was offered by concierge: ukranian or tajik for $100.........

married no thank you.

all those borj means NOTHING included pearl island

BTW # 52 & 53 were   MEN. 


Soosan Khanoom

Maziar, Why do you call these women whores?

by Soosan Khanoom on

Just because the race is in Dubai rather than in a western country?    Don't you know that Arabian horses are the Jewel of any racing events? It is an old event that started in middle east.... Besides , there are many business run by the foreigners in Dubai;  in addition to that Dubai has become a tourists destination from around the world.  Many travel to Dubai for specific events that are being held there. This event happens to be just one of it.

I was in Dubai for the new year eve and you could see people including women from every single part of this planet celebrating it.   It is not a good idea to be so judgmental.  

By the way, Dubai is more classy than Nashville  ...

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

An insult to what we've in nashville and l'ville derby where QE attended recently.......

every last week end in may called steeple chase with its name a true classy rich peoples for a day or two to basically show-off.

But Dubai ?

who are those hired per hour whores?

just the hair do like horse was unique.



is anyone famous here

by alireza on

I saw the photos, nice! but anyone is famous here that we know of! by the way, it is so slow to login to this website these days that I sometimes give up to write anything!

Soosan Khanoom

What are you talking about ?

by Soosan Khanoom on

Dubai is fun ... it is like having Mai Tai ...lots and lots of it without ever getting drunk !!

I have taken many nice pictures from Dubai. I have to post and share ...

I just wish I had more time these days to post stuff .. but I will

Stay tuned !

: ) 


Nice Hats, Tacky People!

by Faramarz on


"Dubai is what happens when Saudi Arabia and Las Vegas have a baby."

Complete lack of class and they don't seem to be having a good time despite the expensive champagne and the pleasant weather!


Freak of nature!

by Arj on

A cultural wasteland that's a by-product of the marriage of Islamic economy (no productive value) and specualtive capitalism whose chief products are counterfeit designer sunglasses and knock-off perfumes! A land whose absolute lack of cultural identity combined with petro-generated greed has resulted in its sole contribution to the human kind; tall buildings, ostentatious flaunting, and nothing more!