But the world's richest horse race - ran over one and a quarter miles at Meydan - will be without a US entry for the first time in its 19-year history.
Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien is taking a powerful team to the $27m meeting, which includes four Group 1 races in a high-quality card.
Ruler of the World - currently a 7/2 market leader - lost four straight races after its win at Epsom and will make his debut on a synthetic-surface this Saturday.
Prince Bishop, who finished seventh in the 2012 World Cup and didn’t even contest the race in 2013, is the leading local hope, having won his last two races in the Al Maktoum Challenge.
Globetrotting trainer Mike de Kock - who boasts an impressive record on World Cup night, despite never winning the showpiece race - will see his runners headed by five-year old gelding Sanshaawes.
Sanshaawes finished second to Prince Bishop over the same 2000m all-weather course in his last start and De Kock believes he has come on for the run.
"We knew when he arrived in Dubai he had a win or two in him but he has excelled our expectations," he said.
"He is in great form at home but, realistically, we would be delighted with a placed effort."
Newmarket based trainer William Haggas is quietly confident about the claims of his five-year old Mukhadram, who lost out narrowly twice last season at Royal Ascot and the Coral-Eclipse, both times bettered by Al Kazeem.
The other horses among the final declarations are African Story, Akeed Mofeed, Belshazzar, Cat O’Mountain, Hillstar, Hokko Tarumae, Military Attack, Red Cadeaux, Side Glance, Surfer, and Vancouverite.
Elsewhere, O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup winner, Magician, is currently disputing favouritism with the Japanese superstar, Gentildonna, for the $5 million Sheema Classic.
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