The progressive four-year-old was returning to action after a five-month break, having been successfully campaigned at the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Sent off a 7/1 chance in the hands of jockey Callum Shepherd, Universal Order was allowed to bide his time at the rear of the four-runner field.
Asked to engage with a quarter of a mile to go, the gelding gave a generous response and was soon locked into a thrilling battle with the favourite Pablo Escobar and El Misk.
All three horses were involved in a thrilling finish which culminated in the Abdulla Al Mansoori-owned Universal Order getting up on the line to emerge victorious by a short head.
He has now won six of his 10 starts and is maturing into a fine middle-distance campaigner.