Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Mahra Polo keeps unbeaten and Dr. A-Bangash achieves the first victory at the Dubai Cup 2017

 
5th April 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Mahra Polo and Dr. A-Bangash won their respectives matches of the second day of action for the Dubai Cup, the last tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Dr. A-Bangash defeated Wolves by 6 goals to 1 and Mahra won a very tough match against Habtoor Polo by 7 goals to 4.5.
 
With this results, Mahra, unbeaten in the tournament, will play the final next friday against Habtoor Polo. Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team has one victory, achieved last Monday against Dr.A-Bangash. Despite that Dr. A-Bangash has also one victory, after beating today Wolves Polo, the “who beat who” rules of the tournament gives Habtoor Polo the spot in the final.
 
Today´s matches progression:
 
Dr. A-Bangash: 2-0/ 4-1/ 5-1/ 6-1
 
Mahra Polo: 1-1.5/ 3-3.5/ 5-3.5/ 7-4.5
 
The Dubai Cup, for teams from 6 to 8 goals handicap, will held the final matches next friday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Starting at 4 pm, Wolves Polo will play against Dr. A-Bangash and from 5 pm Habtoor Polo will face Mahra in the final of the Dubai Cup 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
For more information visit: www.dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

Habtoor Polo and Mahra winners in the opening day of the Dubai Cup 2017


 
3rd April 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Habtoor Polo and Mahra Polo began the Dubai Cup, the last tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, in the best way by winning their respective matches against Dr. A-Bangash and Wolves.
 
It was a very attractive double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with Mahra defeating Wolves by 9 goals to 3.5 and Habtoor Polo achieving a 7 goals to 4 victory against Dr. A-Bangash.
 
In both matches, winners took control of the game from the very beginning and kept a great polo level to guarantee a deserved victory.
 
Matches progression:
 
Mahra: 4-1.5/ 5-1.5/ 8-2.5/ 9-3.5
 
Habtoor: 3-1/ 6-2/ 7-3/ 7-4
 
The Dubai Cup, held by four teams from 6-8 goals handicap, will continue next Wednesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Starting at 4 pm, Wolves Polo will play against Dr. A-Bangash and from 5 pm Habtoor Polo will face Mahra.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
For more information visit: www.dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Sunday, 02 April 2017

Bin Drai Polo wins the Dubai Challenge Cup


31th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Bin Drai Polo Team won the Dubai Challenge Cup after defeating Habtoor Polo in the final by 9 goals to 8 in an exciting match enjoyed by a huge crowd at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team wins this trophy for the second year in a row to close the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017.
Bin Drai and Habtoor Polo played a great match, with high polo level and full of excitement till the last seconds of the game.
 
Team made up by patron Saeed Bin Drai, Gregorio Gelosi, Francisco Elizalde and Raúl Laplacette started the final in a great shape achieving a 5-0 difference in the first two chukkers.
Despite of the big gap in the score, Habtoor Polo, with 10 goaler Nicolás Pieres leading the team, kept the necessary calm to stay in the game and slowly started the comeback.
Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team showed a great performance from the third chukker onwards to close the gap to one goal. But Bin Drai, despite of the pressure in the score, kept a great teamwork and with Francisco Elizalde “on fire” maintain the lead.
In the last minute of the game Habtoor scored and had the chance to tie the match, but finally Bin Drai achieved the victory by 9 goals to 8 to lift the Dubai Challenge Cup for the second year in a row.
 
Francisco Elizalde was the MVP of the final and mare Capacidad, owned by Nicolás Pieres and played in the 3rd and 5th chukker, was the Best Playing Pony of the final.
Faris Al Yabhouni, Abu Dhabi Polo Team patron, was the amateur top scorer of the tournament with 9 goals.
 
Match progression:
Bin Drai: 4-0/ 5-0/ 5-3/ 7-6/ 9-8
 
Zedan Polo Team defeated Abu Dhabi by 11 goals to 9.5 to claim the Subsidiary Cup of the Dubai Challenge Cup. Zedan superstar Pablo Mac Donough was the top scorer of the match with 7 goals.
 
Match progression:
Zedan Polo: 2-0.5/ 5-2.5/ 8-4.5/ 11-7.5/ 11-9.5
 
 
 
Dubai Cup- Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017
 
From Sunday 2nd April till Friday 7th, the Dubai Cup, the last tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, will be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Four teams, from 6 to 8 goals handicap, will be taking part of this tournament that will start next Sunday 2nd April from 3pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
The teams of the Dubai Cup 2017 are: Habtoor Polo, Mahra Polo, Dr. A-Bangash and Wolves Polo.

About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Zedan wins and will play the Subsidiary final of the Dubai Challenge Cup against Abu Dhabi


 
29th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Zedan Polo Team defeated Bangash by 7 goals to 5 in today´s Subsidiary Semifinal of the Dubai Challenge Cup and will play the Subsidiary Final against Abu Dhabi next friday.
 
In today´s match, Bangash had the control of the actions and the score during almost all the game but in the last chukker superstar Pablo Mac Donough showed up to change things and give Zedan the victory.
 
From the very beginning, patron Haider Bangash team fought hard to take control of the game and with a great teamwork achieved a 2 goal gap in the score, difference that kept till the fourth period.
In the last 14 minutes Zedan, led by Mac Donough, closed the gap to 1 goal and kept on going in the last chukker for a final 7 goals to 5 triumph.
 
Pablo Mac Donough was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals and Federico Von Potobsky the top scorer in Bangash Polo with 3 goals.
 
Match progression:
Zedan: 0-2/ 1-3/ 2-4/ 4-5/ 7-5
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup will continue next Friday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the great final between Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai from 4.30 pm.
The Subsidiary Final, to be held from 2 pm, with have Zedan playing against Abu Dhabi.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
For more information visit: www.dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai will play the final of the Dubai Challenge Cup


28th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai Polo Team will play next friday the final of the Dubai Challenge Cup after winning today their respectives matches for the semifinals of the tournament.
 
Bin Drai defeated Mahra by 13 goals to 10 and Habtoor did the same against Wolves by 8 goals to 4 in a great double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
With this results Bin Drai and Habtoor will be, like 2016 edition, the finalists of the Dubai Challenge Cup,  the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
In the first game of the day, Bin Drai Polo learned from the mistakes made in the last qualifying match against the same rival and had a great performance this afternoon.
From the very beginning patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team was concentrated and played at a great level to defeat the “never surrender” Mahra team.
Finally it was a 13 goals to 10 victory with Raúl Laplacette as the top scorer in the winning team with 6 goals and Jerónimo del Carril, also with 6, the top scorer in Mahra.
 
Match progression:
Bin Drai: 4-2/ 6-3/ 6-6/ 10-8/ 13-10
 
In the second match of the day, Habtoor Polo also had to battle hard to defeat always tough Wolves Polo Team. Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team played a great second half, with 10 goaler Nicolás Pieres leading the team for a deserved triumph by 8 goals to 4.
Pieres was the top scorer of the match with 6 goals.
 
Match progression:
Habtoor Polo: 0-1/ 2-1/ 3-2/ 5-2/ 8-4
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup will continue tomorrow with the Subsidiary semifinal between Zedan Polo and Bangash Polo. This match will be held from 4 pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
 
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Wolves and Bin Drai Polo complete the semifinals schedule of the Dubai Challenge Cup


26th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  The penalty shootout held this morning at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club decided that Bin Drai and Wolves will play the semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup along with Mahra and Habtoor Polo.
 
The penalty shootout was held by Abu Dhabi Polo Team, Wolves Polo and Bin Drai Polo with the last two teams going through the next stage.
The semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup will be the following: Habtoor Polo will play against Wolves and Mahra will face Bin Drai.
This matches will be held next tuesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Habtoor vs Wolves playing at 3 pm and Bin Drai vs Mahra from 4.30 pm.
 
Abu Dhabi Polo Team will play the final of the Subsidiary Cup next friday before the Dubai Challenge Cup final. The rival of Abu Dhabi will be the winner of the Subsidiary semifinal between Zedan Polo and Bangash Polo. This match will be held next Wednesday 29th March.
 
 
 
Next matches for the Dubai Challenge Cup:
 
Semifinals- Tuesday 28th March
3 pm: Habtoor Polo vs Wolves
4.30 pm: Mahra vs Bin Drai Polo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Mahra Polo wins and also makes it to the semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup


25th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Mahra Polo defeated Bin Drai by 10 goals to 9 and is the second team to qualify for the semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
Mahra joins Habtoor Polo in the next stage of the tournament. The remaining two spots in the semifinals will be decided tomorrow, from 11 am at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, in a penalty shootout held by Abu Dhabi Polo Team, Wolves Polo and Bin Drai Polo.
 
In the first match of the day, Abu Dhabi Polo Team defeated Bangash by 9 goals to 5 and earned the right to play the penalty shootout.
Patron Faris Al Yabhouni and teammate Alfredo Capella were the top scorers of the match with 3 goals each.
 
Match progression:
Abu Dhabi: 2-1/ 3-1/ 4-3/ 7-4/ 9-5
 
The second match of the day was one of the best games of the tournament. Great polo (despite of the rainy day), two very different periods and an exciting last minute to decide the match in favor of Mahra.
 
Bin Drai started at full speed achieving a six goal difference at the beginning of the third chukker but Mahra made a great comeback to close the gap to 1 goal (6-7) at half time.
In the fourth chukker, patron Rashid Al Habtoor´s team tied the game in 8 goals apiece and in the last period, with a great performance by Jerónimo del Carril (top scorer of the match with 7 goals), Mahra achieved an exciting last minute victory to qualify for the semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup.
 
Match progression:
Mahra: 1-3/ 1-6/ 6-7/ 8-8/ 10-9
 
 
 
 
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Bin Drai had a successful premiere in the Dubai Challenge Cup


22nd March 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry:  Bin Drai Polo defeated Zedan by 8 goals to 6 in today´s debut at the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
Patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team played a great second half, with a great comeback in the fourth chukker, to defeat the Gold Cup champions in a very tough match.
In Bin Drai today´s line up, Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario replaced injured Francisco Elizalde.
 
After a 1 goal apiece first chukker, Zedan took the lead in the match and achieved a 3 goal difference at half time. But in the fourth chukker Bin Drai put their engines at full speed to, first tie the game (4-4), and then keep on going in the final period for a 8 goals to 6 triumph.
Raúl Laplacette in Bin Drai and Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan), with 4 goals each, were the top scorers of the match.
 
Match progression:
Bin Drai: 1-1/ 1-2/ 1-4/ 4-4/ 8-6
 
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup continues tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Habtoor Polo playing against Wolves from 4 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wolves defeats Abu Dhabi in a thrilling match


20th  March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  The third day of action for the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed showed an exciting match between Wolves Polo and Abu Dhabi.
 
Wolves defeated Abu Dhabi by 11 goals to 10 in a thrilling game that was decided in the last second of the match with a great goal scored by Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario.
 
Both teams played five even chukkers with the lead in the score changing constantly. Abu Dhabi achieved a two goal difference in the fourth chukker that seemed to give them a slight advantage for the final seven minutes.
But Wolves made a great comeback in the last chukker to turn things over. First with a great individual action by Tariq Al Habtoor to score the best goal of the match, then with two more goals by Manuel Crespo and finally the last second shot by Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario for a celebrated victory by 11-10.
 
Manuel Crespo (Wolves) was the top scorer of the match with 6 goals and Joaquín Pittaluga the top scorer in Abu Dhabi with 4.
 
Match progression:
Wolves: 2-1/ 3-4/ 5-6/ 7-9/ 11-10
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup continues next Wednesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Zedan Polo playing against Bin Drai from 4.30 pm.
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Habtoor Polo defeats Bangash in the second day of action for the Dubai Challenge Cup


19th  March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Habtoor Polo defeated Bangash by 11 goals to 7 in the second day of action for the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team played a great second half, with superstar Nicolás Pieres in a brilliant afternoon for a deserved win in a match held at the main field of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
After two even chukkers, Habtoor Polo achieved to break away in the third period with a 3 goal gap difference that was vital for the rest of the match. In the last two chukkers, Habtoor Polo kept on going and despite Bangash efforts victory was already secure with a 4 goal gap in the last 7 minutes of the game.
 
The final score was 11 goals to 7 for Habtoor with Nico Pieres scoring 8 goals in the winning team and Federico Von Potobksy 3 goals in Bangash.
 
 
Match progression:
Habtoor Polo: 2-1/ 5-4/ 8-5/ 11-6/ 11-7
 
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup continues tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Wolves Polo facing Abu Dhabi from 4.30 pm at field 2.

 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mahra wins in the opening match of the Dubai Challenge Cup


18 March 2017, DUBAI, UAE By Gonzalo Etcheverry:  Mahra Polo Team defeated Zedan Polo by 11 goals to 9 in the opening match of the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
Both teams, winners of the recent Bentley Cup and Julius Baer Gold Cup, played an attractive and even game at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with a first half of full speed polo.
Goals were scored in almost every attack and a slight difference in favor of Mahra kept them in the lead.
Only in the last minutes of the fifth chukker, after two consecutive goals, Mahra achieved to secure a hard worked victory.
Isidro Strada (Mahra) and Alejo Taranco for Zedan were the top scorers of the game with 5 goals each.
 
Match progression:
Mahra: 3-2/ 4-4/ 8-6/ 9-8/ 11-9
 
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup continues tomorrow with another great match at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Starting at 4.30, Habtoor Polo will play against Bangash Polo in field 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Zedan Polo wins the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final


 
                10th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE - By Gonzalo Etcheverry: Zedan Polo won the Julius Baer Gold Cup, the most important trophy of the Middle East polo season, after defeating Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo in a great final by 10 goals to 8.
 
Team made up by patron Amr Zedan, Martín Gándara, Octavio Olmedo and 10 goaler superstar Pablo Mac Donough played a great game in field 1 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club to achieve the third trophy in a row in the same amount of seasons.
Zedan won the first Julius Baer Gold Cup in 2015, in 2016 they achieved the McLaren Silver Cup and this year they lift the most important trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series after winning a very tough match against Julius Baer Team.
 
Teamwork and patience were the main keys of the winning team in a very even match.
Score remained even in the first two chukkers and despite Zedan took the lead from the third period onwards, Julius Baer Team always put pressure on them and till the last minutes victory was not secured.
Finally it was a 10 goals to 8 triumph for a team that didn´t started the season in the best way but, in the two most important matches of the Julius Baer Gold Cup (semifinal and final), showed up with full potential and with Pablo Mac Donough playing in a superb level.
 
Octavio Olmedo was the MVP of the match and Gete Pintura, played by Pablo Mac Donough in the 2nd and 4th chukker the Best Playing Pony.
Habtoor Al Habtoor, Wolves Team patron, was the amateur top scorer and Alfredo Capella, from Abu Dhabi Polo Team, the professional top scorer.
 
Match progression:
Zedan Polo: 1-1/ 4-4/ 7-5/ 9-7/ 10-8
 
Bentley Cup Final
Mahra Polo Team, foursome made up by patron Rashid Al Habtoor, Isidro Strada, Juan Ruíz Guiñazú and Jerónimo del Carril won the Bentley Cup after defeating Wolves by 11 goals to 8 in the final.
 
Match progression:
Mahra Polo: 3-1/ 3-3/ 7-3/ 9-7/ 11-8
 
 
 
 
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
 
GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.
 
Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.
 
For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com             
 
SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017.
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina.
 
Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.
 
For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com
 
 
Official Time Keeper
 
Moritz Grossmann Uhren
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries
 
From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.
 
After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details.
 
Within the sponsorship Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.
 
www.grossmann-uhren.com
 
CO-SPONSORS
Emirates Airlines
 Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.

The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).

For more information please visit www.emirates.com
 
U.S. Polo Assn.
The U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. The brand carries an extensive collection for men, women and children, of classically styled, high-quality, casual clothing and accessories. Today, U.S. Polo Assn. products are sold through our licensing program in over 135 countries at independent retail, department and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores.

www.uspoloassnglobal.com
 
 Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements.
 
Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.
 
Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.
 
MEDIA PARTNERS
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.
 
With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.
 
OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.
 
Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.
 
PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts.
Al Badia:
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.
 
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
For more information visit: www.dubaipologoldcup.com
 
 

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo will play the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final




    7th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE: Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo will play the great final of the Julius Baer Gold Cup, the most important trophy of the Middle East polo season, after winning today their  respectives  matches in the semifinals of this trophy.

It was an exciting day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Julius Baer defeating Abu Dhabi Polo Team by 9 goals to 8 and Zedan Polo winning their match against Bin Drai in extra time by 7 goals to 6.
Both games were really exciting, with a good level of polo and two outstanding  peformances  by 10 goalers superstars Nicolás Pieres and Pablo Mac Donough in the winning teams.

In the first match of the day, Julius Baer made a great comeback in the third chukker to close a 4 goal gap and played an excellent second half to defeat a very tough opponent.
With  Pieres  playing a superb fourth chukker, scoring a couple of goals to give Julius Baer the lead, patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team finally achieved a tough victory by 9 goals to 8 and the ticket to the Julius Baer Gold Cup final.
Nicolás Pieres and Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) were the top  scoreres  of the match with 5 goals each.

Match progression:
Julius Baer: 1-3/ 2-6/ 5-6/ 8-6/ 9-8

The second semifinal of the Julius Baer Gold Cup was pretty much the same. Bin Drai taking the lead in the first two chukkers and a great comeback by Zedan Polo in the third chukker to tie the game  in  5 goals apiece.
In the second  half  actions were really even with score  stucked  in 6 goals apiece during 14 minutes. 
That took the match to extra chukker were Pablo Mac Donough scored the golden goal after a great action to give Zedan Polo the victory by 7 goals to 6 and the ticket to the final.
Pablo Mac Donough, with 6 goals, was the top scorer of the match.

Match progression:
Zedan: 1-4/ 3-4/ 5-5/ 6-6/ 6-6/ 7-6

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue next  friday  at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final between  Zedan  and Julius Baer Team. Before the great final, Mahra and Wolves will be playing the Bentley Cup Final.


About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since  inception  the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first  recognized  by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to  its  new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.

For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com    

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates 
Bentley Emirates , part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017. 
 
Bentley Emirates , the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established,  Dubai based  business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole  authorized  retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina. 

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com


Official Time Keeper

Moritz Grossmann Uhren 
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries

From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.

After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details. 

Within the  sponsorship  Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.

www.grossmann-uhren.com 

CO-SPONSORS
Emirates Airlines
 Emirates is a global connector of people and  places,  and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most  recognized  airline brands.

The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos  FC ,  Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).

For more information please visit www.emirates.com

U.S. Polo Assn.
The U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. The brand carries an extensive collection for men, women and children, of classically styled, high-quality, casual clothing and accessories. Today, U.S. Polo Assn. products are sold through our licensing program in over 135 countries at independent retail, department and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores.

www.uspoloassnglobal.com

 Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE.  Currently  Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements. 

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.

Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.

MEDIA PARTNERS 
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017 (Dubai Open).  OK!  Middle East  celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.

With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.

OK!  Middle East  is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.

Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK!  Middle East .

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 
Al Badia: 
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In  fact  it is a tribute to the  age old  passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about  organizations  and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a  specialized  lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the  sport  sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs. 

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event. 

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the  Sport  Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.

Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Wolves and Mahra will play the Bentley Cup Final




    6th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE: Wolves Polo and Mahra won today their respective matches for the semifinals of the Bentley Cup at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club and will play next friday the final of this trophy.

Wolves defeated UAE Polo by 10 goals to 8 and Mahra achieved the victory against Desert Palm in extra chukker by 8 goals to 7

In the first match of the day, Wolves and UAE Polo played a come and go game with plenty of great actions. Team made by Ahmed Al Habtoor, Hugo Lewis, Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario and Manuel Crespo played two great chukkers (2nd and 3rd) to achieve a 4 goal gap but in the fourth period UAE made a great comeback to put some pressure on the final chukker.
In the last seven minutes Wolves scored three consecutive goals for a 10-8 victory and the ticket to the Bentley Cup final.

Match progression:
Wolves: 0-1/ 5-2/ 6-2/ 7-6/ 10-8

In the second semifinal of the Bentley Cup, Mahra and Desert Palm held a very tight game that was decided, after a great goal by Isidro Strada, in favor of Mahra by 8 goals to 7.
From the very beginning both teams showed their intentions to achieve the remaining place in the final with a close score during all the match.
After a 7 goal apiece score in the fifth chukker the game went to OT. In the second action of this period Isidro Strada caught the ball in the 60 yards in attack to finish the action with a great goal and give Mahra the victory and the chance to play the final of the Bentley Cup next friday.

Match progression:
Mahra: 1-2/ 3-2/ 5-4/ 6-5/ 7-7/ 8-7

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue tomorrow at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Julius Baer Gold Cup semifinals.
Starting at 2 pm, Bin Drai will be playing against Zedan followed by Abu Dhabi against Julius Baer Team.




About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.

For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com    

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates 
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017. 
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina. 

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com


Official Time Keeper

Moritz Grossmann Uhren 
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries

From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.

After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details. 

Within the sponsorship Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.

www.grossmann-uhren.com 

CO-SPONSORS
Emirates Airlines
 Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.

The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).

For more information please visit www.emirates.com

U.S. Polo Assn.
The U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. The brand carries an extensive collection for men, women and children, of classically styled, high-quality, casual clothing and accessories. Today, U.S. Polo Assn. products are sold through our licensing program in over 135 countries at independent retail, department and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores.

www.uspoloassnglobal.com

 Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements. 

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.

Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.

MEDIA PARTNERS 
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.

With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.

OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.

Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 
Al Badia: 
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs. 

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event. 

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.

Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Sunday, 05 March 2017

​Zedan makes it to the Julius Baer Gold Cup semifinals


    4th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry: The last qualifying matches of the Julius Baer Gold Cup were held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club and Zedan, after defeating Bangash by 8 goals to 7, completes the semifinals schedule.

Patron Amr Zedan´s team had to fight till the very end in a very even match to join Abu Dhabi, Bin Drai Polo and Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo in the next stage.
With the four teams already qualified the matches in the next round will be the following: Bin Drai Polo will face Zedan and Abu Dhabi will play against Julius Baer Team.
In today´s match, Pablo Mac Donough, ten goaler superstar, was vital in Zedan´s victory scoring 6 of the 8 goals of his team.

Match progression:
Zedan: 1-1/ 2-3/ 4-3/ 5-4/ 8-7

In the first match of the day, Mahra defeated Abu Dhabi by 11 goals to 7 in a full speed high level polo game.
Mahra needed to win his match and wait for a Bangash victory to keep any chances to make it to the semifinals. They did the homework and defeated a great opponent but finally Zedan´s victory left them no chances to qualify.
Mahra will play now the Bentley Cup Semifinals against Desert Palm next monday.
Jerónimo Del Carril (Mahra) was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals and Alfredo Capella the top scorer in Abu Dhabi with 4 goals.

Match progression:
Mahra: 0-2/ 4-3/ 8-3/ 10-5/ 11-7

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue next monday 6th March at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Bentley Cup Semifinals.
Starting at 2pm, Mahra Polo will play against Desert Palm followed by UAE Polo against Wolves.

The Julius Baer Gold Cup semifinals will be held next Tuesday 7th with Bin Drai playing against Zedan followed by Abu Dhabi against Julius Baer Team.



About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.

For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com    

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates 
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017. 
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina. 

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com


Official Time Keeper

Moritz Grossmann Uhren 
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries

From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.

After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details. 

Within the sponsorship Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.

www.grossmann-uhren.com 

CO-SPONSORS
Emirates Airlines
 Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.

The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).

For more information please visit www.emirates.com

U.S. Polo Assn.
The U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. The brand carries an extensive collection for men, women and children, of classically styled, high-quality, casual clothing and accessories. Today, U.S. Polo Assn. products are sold through our licensing program in over 135 countries at independent retail, department and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores.

www.uspoloassnglobal.com

 Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements. 

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.

Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.

MEDIA PARTNERS 
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.

With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.

OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.

Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 
Al Badia: 
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs. 

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event. 

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.

Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Sunday, 05 March 2017

​Julius Baer Team joins Abu Dhabi and Bin Drai Polo in the Julius Baer Gold Cup semifinals



    3rd March 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry: Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo defeated UAE Polo in their last qualifying match and made it to the semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup together with Abu Dhabi and Bin Drai Polo.
Julius Baer Team defeated UAE by 12 goals to 9 and Desert Palm defeated Wolves by 9 goals to 6 in the second match of the day held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.

Julius Baer and UAE Polo played an exciting match, vital for their chances to qualify to the semifinals. 
Both teams knew that victory was the ticket to the following round and patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team showed great concentration and teamwork from the very beginning.
A 3 goal gap at half time gave lot´s of confidence to Julius Baer Team, but they knew UAE Polo was going to fight hard to comeback in the match. And so they did. HH Sheika Maitha Al Maktoum´s team put a lot of pressure in the last two chukkers but Julius Baer Team, led by the outstanding ten goaler handicap, Nicolás Pieres, kept a high level and perfect teamwork to achieve the deserved victory by 12 goals to 9 and the ticket to the semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup.
Nicolás Pieres, with 6 goals, was the top scorer of the match.

Match progression:
Julius Baer: 2-1/ 4-2/ 8-5/ 9-8/ 12-9

In the second match of the day, Desert Palm achieved their first victory in the tournament after defeating Wolves by 9 goals to 6.
Both teams played an enjoyable game with patron Tarek Albwardy´s team taking the lead by two goals from the second chukker and keeping the advantage till the very end of the match.
Manuel Crespo (Wolves) was the top scorer of the game with 5 goals.

Match progression:
Desert Palm: 2-2/ 5-3/ 7-4/ 9-6/ 9-6

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue tomorrow with the last qualifying matches at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. 
Starting at 2pm, Mahra Polo will play against Abu Dhabi followed by Zedan facing Bangash Polo.



About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.

For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com    

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates 
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017. 
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina. 

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com


Official Time Keeper

Moritz Grossmann Uhren 
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries

From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.

After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details. 

Within the sponsorship Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.

www.grossmann-uhren.com 

CO-SPONSORS
Emirates Airlines
 Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.

The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).

For more information please visit www.emirates.com

U.S. Polo Assn.
The U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. The brand carries an extensive collection for men, women and children, of classically styled, high-quality, casual clothing and accessories. Today, U.S. Polo Assn. products are sold through our licensing program in over 135 countries at independent retail, department and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores.

www.uspoloassnglobal.com

 Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements. 

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.

Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.

MEDIA PARTNERS 
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.

With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.

OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.

Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 
Al Badia: 
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs. 

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event. 

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.

Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

​Abu Dhabi and Bin Drai remain unbeatable in the Julius Baer Gold Cup


25th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry: Abu Dhabi and Bin Drai are the only two undefeated teams in the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017 after a great polo day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.

In two exciting games, Abu Dhabi defeated Bangash by 13 goals to 7 and Bin Drai won his match against Mahra by 10 goals to 8.

In the first match of the day, Abu Dhabi had to work hard to defeat Bangash, a team that never gives up.
Patron Faris Al Yabhouni´s team had in Alfredo Capella the key to achieve the victory after scoring 10 of the 13 goals of Abu Dhabi.
Bangash had a great first half but could not keep up the pace in the second half and in the last two periods, Abu Dhabi achieved to increase the gap in the score and finally won the game by 13 goals to 7.

Match progression:
Abu Dhabi: 3-1/ 4-4/ 7-4/ 9-6/ 13-7

In the second match of the day, Bin Drai and Mahra played an exciting game that was decided in favor of patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team in the last minutes.
Actions were really tight during all the match and when one team achieved a two goal difference, quickly the other team made a comeback to tie the score.
In the last chukker, with Francisco Elizalde in a great afternoon (top scorer of the match with 5 goals), Bin Drai achieved the laborious victory by 10 goals to 8.

Match progression:
Bin Drai: 3-2/ 5-4/ 5-7/ 7-7/ 10-8

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue Tuesday 28th February with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. 
Starting at 2 pm, Bin Drai will face Julius Baer Team followed by Wolves against Zedan Polo.







About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.

For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com    

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates 
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017. 
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina. 

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com


Official Time Keeper

Moritz Grossmann Uhren 
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries

From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.

After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details. 

Within the sponsorship, Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.

www.grossmann-uhren.com 

CO-SPONSORS
Emirates Airlines
 Emirates is a global connector of people and places and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.

The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).

For more information please visit www.emirates.com

U.S. Polo Assn.
The U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. The brand carries an extensive collection for men, women and children, of classically styled, high-quality, casual clothing and accessories. Today, U.S. Polo Assn. products are sold through our licensing program in over 135 countries at independent retail, department and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores.

www.uspoloassnglobal.com

 Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently, Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements. 

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.

Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.

MEDIA PARTNERS 
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.

With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.

OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.

Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 
Al Badia: 
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs. 

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event. 

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

​UAE Polo and Zedan victorious in today´s Julius Baer Gold Cup matches


21th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE - by Gonzalo Etcheverry: In another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017, UAE Polo and Zedan achieved two important victories against Wolves and Desert Palm.

UAE Polo defeated Wolves by 8 goals to 7 and Zedan won his match against Desert Palm by 9 goals to 6.

In the first match of the day, HH Sheika Maitha´s team made a great comeback in the last two chukkers to achieve their second victory in a row at the Julius Baer Gold Cup.
After a very good first half by Wolves Polo Team, UAE respond in a great way in the fourth chukker to close the gap from 3 to 1 goals and passed by in the fifth for a 8-7 victory.
Matías Benoit (UAE Polo), with 5 goals, was the top scorer of the match.

Match progression:
UAE Polo: 0-1/ 0-4/ 2-5/ 5-6/ 8-7

In the second match of the day, Zedan played a great game to achieve a deserved victory against Desert Palm by 9 goals to 6.
Patron Amr Zedan´s team worked as such to defeat a tough opponent. 
The foursome led by 10 goaler Pablo Mac Donough played at a great level during all the match to achieve their first victory in the tournament.
Alejo Taranco (Desert Palm) was the top scorer of the game with 4 goals.

Match progression:
Zedan: 1-0/ 3-1/ 6-1/ 8-3/ 9-6

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue tomorrow with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. 
Starting at 2pm, Bangash Polo will play against Abu Dhabi followed by Mahra vs Bin Drai. 







About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.

For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com    

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates 
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017. 
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina. 

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com


Official Time Keeper

Moritz Grossmann Uhren 
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries

From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.

After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details. 

Within the sponsorship Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.

www.grossmann-uhren.com 
 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Bin Drai remains unbeaten and Mahra achieves first victory in the Julius Baer Gold Cup


22nd February 2017, DUBAI, UAE - by Gonzalo Etcheverry: In another great double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017, Bin Drai achieved their second victory in a row while Mahra won “in extremis” to claim their first triumph in the tournament.

Bin Drai defeated Bangash by 12 goals to 8 and Mahra defeated Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo in OT by 11 goals to 10.

In the first match of the day, patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team had in Francisco Elizalde and Raúl Laplacette an effective tandem that worked in great shape from the very beginning.
Bin Drai achieved a 5 goal gap in the second chukker (7-2) and remained unstoppable till the end. That made things really hard for Bangash to come closer in the score.
At the end, Bin Drai kept playing at a great level for a deserved 12-8 victory.

Match progression:
Bin Drai: 4-2/ 7-2/ 8-5/ 11-6/ 12-8

In the second match of the day, Mahra and Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo played one of the most exciting matches of the season.
The victory was for Mahra in OT by 11 goals to 10 after a penalty from the spot scored by Isidro Strada. But it could have gone either way because Julius Baer played also a great match.

Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team had a great start for a two-goal gap in the first two chukkers (2-0/ 4-2) but slowly, and with lot´s of patience, Mahra started to comeback in the third chukker and finally got the lead in the fourth period.
What came next was more than 10 minutes (fifth chukker and the minutes played in extra time) full of excitement.
Both teams had lot´s of chances during that lapse of time but it was finally in the third minute of the extra chukker that Strada, with the spot penalty, gave Mahra the first triumph in the Julius Baer Gold Cup.

Match progression:
Mahra: 0-2/ 2-4/ 5-6/ 9-8/ 10-10/ 11-10



The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue next Friday with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. 
Starting at 2pm, UAE Polo will face Wolves followed by Desert Palm against Zedan.

About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognised by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.

For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com    

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates 
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017. 
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina. 

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com


Official Time Keeper

Moritz Grossmann Uhren 
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries

From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.

After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details. 

Within the sponsorship Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.

www.grossmann-uhren.com 

CO-SPONSORS
Emirates Airlines
 Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.

The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).

For more information please visit www.emirates.com

U.S. Polo Assn.
The U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. The brand carries an extensive collection for men, women and children, of classically styled, high-quality, casual clothing and accessories. Today, U.S. Polo Assn. products are sold through our licensing program in over 135 countries at independent retail, department and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores.

www.uspoloassnglobal.com

 Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements. 

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.

Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.

MEDIA PARTNERS 
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.

With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.

OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.

Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 
Al Badia: 
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs. 

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event. 

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Habtoor Wolves and Julius Baer Team winners of today´s Gold Cup matches



19th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE - By Gonzalo Etcheverry: Another exciting double action day was held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017. Habtoor Wolves and Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo defeated Mahra and Bangash Polo Team.

In the first match of the day, for sure one of the most exciting matches of the season till now, Wolves defeated Mahra by 10 goals to 9 in a match that was decided in the last action of the game.
A great goal by Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario gave Wolves the “in extremis” victory after a great comeback in the fifth chukker.
Mahra had the control of the match in the first half but Wolves never gave up and achieve to close a 3 goal gap in the fourth chukker to enter the last period one goal above (7-8).
In the last 7 minutes, Wolves reaction was accomplished with Manuel Crespo scoring to even the match with 9 goals and the last action by Ferrario for the very celebrated triumph by Habtoor Wolves Team.

Match progression:
Wolves: 3-2/ 3-5/ 4-7/ 7-8/ 10-9

In the second match of the day, Julius Baer Team by Habtoor, with ten goaler Nicolás Pieres playing at a superb level, defeated Bangash by 11 goals to 8.
Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team played a great first half and achieved a comfortable 5 goal gap in the score (9-4).
But Bangash fought hard to close the gap and managed to put some pressure on Julius Baer Team in the fourth chukker.
But Nico Pieres appeared with all his talent in the last seven minutes to warrant a deserved victory by 11 goals to 8.

Match progression:
Julius Baer: 4-2/ 7-4/ 9-4/ 9-5/ 11-8

The Julius Baer Gold Cup continues next tuesday with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. 
Starting at 2pm, UAE Polo will play against Zedan followed by Desert Palm against Abu Dhabi Polo Team.



About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.

For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com    

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates 
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017. 
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina. 

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com


Official Time Keeper

Moritz Grossmann Uhren 
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries

From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.

After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details. 

Within the sponsorship Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.

www.grossmann-uhren.com 

CO-SPONSORS
Emirates Airlines
 Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.

The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).

For more information please visit www.emirates.com

U.S. Polo Assn.
The U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. The brand carries an extensive collection for men, women and children, of classically styled, high-quality, casual clothing and accessories. Today, U.S. Polo Assn. products are sold through our licensing program in over 135 countries at independent retail, department and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores.

www.uspoloassnglobal.com

 Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements. 

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.

Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.

MEDIA PARTNERS 
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.

With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.

OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.

Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 
Al Badia: 
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs. 

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event. 

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.

 
 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Bin Drai and Abu Dhabi achieve two great victories in the opening day of the Julius Baer Gold Cup


18 February 2017, DUBAI, UAE, by Gonzalo Etcheverry:  Bin Drai and Abu Dhabi Polo Team started the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017 in the best way by achieving two great victories against Desert Palm and UAE Polo in the double action day held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Dubai’s first luxury polo and equestrian community located in Dubailand. 
Bin Drai defeated Desert Palm by 10 goals to 3 while Abu Dhabi won against UAE Polo by 12-10.

In the first match of the day, Bin Drai, team made up today by Tarik Al Habtoor, Gregorio Gelosi, Francisco Elizalde and Raúl Laplacette needed the first two chukkers to warm up but from the third period onwards, and with the engines at full speed, they had the control of the actions and the score for a deserved 10 goals to 3 victory.
Francisco Elizalde was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals.

Match progression:
Bin Drai: 1-0/ 2-3/ 5-3/ 7-3/ 10-3

The second match of the day showed a much even and tough game, with two teams playing at a great level and the final score decided in the last minutes.
UAE Polo, winners of the McLaren Cup, started in a great shape and led the score in the first two chukkers. But a comeback by Abu Dhabi, with a 5-0 in the third chukker, gave them the lead from halftime till the end of the game.
UAE Polo kept behind in the score by 1 goal and put a lot of pressure on Abu Dhabi. But patron Faris Al Yabhouni´s team, with Alfredo Capella playing at a great level, handled the situation and secured the victory in the last minutes with two consecutive goals for a 12-10 triumph.
Capella was the MVP and top scorer of the match with 10 goals (8 penalties).

Match progression:
Abu Dhabi: 1-3/ 3-5/ 8-5/ 9-8/ 12-10

The Julius Baer Gold Cup continues tomorrow with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. 
Starting at 2 pm, Mahra will play against Wolves Polo followed by Julius Baer Habtoor Team against Bangash Polo.



About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.

For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com    

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates 
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017. 
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai-based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorised retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina. 

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com


Official Time Keeper

Moritz Grossmann Uhren 
Moritz Grossmann – two success stories from two centuries

From 1854 to 1885, Moritz Grossmann was one of the key protagonists of the emerging art of watchmaking in the Saxon town of Glashütte. In his own manufacture, the gifted watchmaker and mentor developed trailblazing components for precision measuring instruments and built pendulum clocks, pocket watches, and chronometers. In 1878, his dedication to research and teaching culminated in the establishment of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.

After a hiatus of over one hundred years, watchmaker Christine Hutter breathed new life into the name in 2008. Four watch models were developed within five years after the incorporation of the manufacture. BENU, ATUM and TEFNUT – the mechanical movements of the young MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA brand reflect the traditions of the eminent watchmaker: they stand out with exceptional technical solutions and engineering details. 

Within the sponsorship, Moritz Grossmann launched a special edition of the ATUM, the ATUM Polo. Their prominent hallmark is a striking gold mesh beneath the sapphire crystal.

www.grossmann-uhren.com 

CO-SPONSORS
Emirates Airlines
 Emirates is a global connector of people and places and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognised airline brands.

The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC, Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).

For more information please visit www.emirates.com

U.S. Polo Assn.
The U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. The brand carries an extensive collection for men, women and children, of classically styled, high-quality, casual clothing and accessories. Today, U.S. Polo Assn. products are sold through our licensing program in over 135 countries at independent retail, department and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores.

www.uspoloassnglobal.com

 Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently, Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements. 

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.

Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.

MEDIA PARTNERS 
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.

With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.

OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.

Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 
Al Badia: 
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact, it is a tribute to the age-old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organisations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialised lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs. 

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event. 

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.

 
 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Mahra wins the Polo Masters Cup


14th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Mahra Polo Team won the Polo Masters Cup 2017 for the second year in a row after defeating Habtoor Polo in today´s final match at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.

Team made up by patron Rashid Al Habtoor, Daniel Gariador, Juan Ruíz Guiñazú and Jerónimo del Carril won by 8 goals to 4 for a successful title defense while Bin Drai achieved the third position in the tournament after defeating Wolves by 9-6.

Mahra played a great game from the very beginning, with a team strategy that worked nearly to perfection to defeat a very tough Habtoor Polo team.
In the third chukker, with a 6-goal gap, Mahra headed towards the title despite of Habtoor reaction in the last chukker.

Jerónimo del Carril was the MVP of the final and Quini, owned by Mahra and played by Juan Ruíz Guiñazú in the fourth chukker, the Best Playing Pony.
Del Carril and Ruíz Guiñazú were the top scorers of the match with 4 goals each.

Match progression:
Mahra: 3-1/ 7-2/ 8-2/ 8-4

In the first match of the final day for the Polo Masters Cup, Bin Drai Polo defeated Wolves Polo by 9 goals to 6 to achieve the third position in the tournament.
Raúl Laplacette, with 6 goals, was the top scorer of the game.

Match progression:
Bin Drai: 2-1/ 5-1/ 8-3/ 9-6









Polo Masters Cup
The Polo Masters Cup is a prestigious 14-goal handicap tournament played under the umbrella of the Dubai polo Gold Cup series. Five teams have taken part in this prestigious tournament, reaching the winner on Tuesday1 4th of February.
The tournament was inaugurated in 2016 adding to the Medium and High Goal season in the UAE, giving players and patrons more opportunities to further their skills in competition, elevating the level of polo in the region.


The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series enters its eighth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.  The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series consists of 5 tournaments, two medium-goal (Polo Masters Cup 14 goal, Dubai Cup 10 goal) and three of 18 goal handicap (McLaren Cup, Julius Baer Gold Cup, Dubai Challenge Cup).

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series matches will all be played at the newly inaugurated Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai Land. 
 

Monday, 13 February 2017

​Bin Drai wins the last qualifying match





12th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  With today´s Bin Drai victory against Bangash by 6 goals to 4, the qualifying round of the Polo Masters Cup came to an end.

Despite of this victory, Bin Drai couldn´t make it to the final of the tournament and Habtoor Polo, with better goal difference, will play the Polo Masters Cup final against Mahra next tuesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.

Bin Drai needed to win by 6 or more goals difference to qualify to the final but Bangash didn´t make thinks easy for the foursome made up by Rashid Al Falahi, Stuart Wrigley, Francisco Elizalde and Raúl Laplacette.

The winning team push hard to achieve the objective but finally the victory was by a two goal gap (6-4)
Raúl Laplacette (Bin Drai) was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals 


Match progression:
Bin Drai: 1-1/ 3-1/ 5-2/ 6-4

Next tuesday, Habtoor Polo and Mahra Polo will be playing the final of the Polo Masters Cup from 4 pm. Starting at 2.30 pm, Bin Drai and Wolves will be playing the 3rd place match.














Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18 Goal Handicap competition, enters its eighth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.  The tournament is now the highest handicap in the UAE.

The Dubai Open has been split into two tournaments. Starting with the McLaren Cup, which runs from Saturday January 21st, 2017 to Friday February 3rd, 2017. The second tournament, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, commences on Friday, February 18th, 2017 to Friday March 10th, 2017.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. First founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC.   It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and since 2012, it is the only tournament in the UAE to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT).   It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the Gold Cup being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.

Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the tournament and patron of the Habtoor Polo team said, “This year there are seven teams playing in the McLaren Cup and ten teams for the Julius Baer Gold Cup, further evidence that the tournaments continue to grow. The Dubai Open has helped put the UAE on the world polo circuit. Each year the competition gets better and better, and we attract some of the best polo players in the world.”
The participating teams will host some of the top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-goal superstar and three-time ‘Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina’; Nicolas Pieres, who was recently raised to 10 goals after his superb performance in the Argentine Open; Lucas Montverde (9-goal handicap); Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (9-goal handicap) Guillermo Terrera (8-goal handicap), and Ezquiel Martinez Ferrario (8-goal handicap) and many others, who have come directly from Argentine Open.  
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup will be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai Land. 


Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mahra wins their second match in a row and makes it to the final of the Polo Masters Cup


10th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry:  Mahra Polo Team defeated today Wolves Polo by 8 goals to 5 and will play the final of the Polo Masters Cup next tuesday 14th february at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
After winning their second match in a row, team made up by patron Rashid Al Habtoor, Daniel Gariador, Juan Ruíz Guiñazú and Jerónimo del Carril will play the deciding match of this tournament were they defend title after winning 2016 edition.
 
Mahra and Wolves played a very nice match, with full speed action and great goals. A 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes gave Mahra an interesting income for the rest of the game.
 
Wolves never gave up and with Ezequiel Gallego and Isidro Strada pushing hard from the back positions managed to some pressure on Mahra in the second and last chukker.
But finally Mahra achieved the deserved victory and the ticket to the Polo Masters Cup final.
 
Jerónimo del Carril (Mahra) with 6 goals was the top scorer of the match and Isidro Strada, with 4, the scorer in Wolves team.
 
Match progression:
Mahra: 3-0/ 4-2/ 7-3/ 8-5
 
 
The Polo Masters Cup will continue next sunday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with the last qualifying match between Bangash and Bin Drai from 4 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18 Goal Handicap competition, enters its eighth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.  The tournament is now the highest handicap in the UAE.
 
The Dubai Open has been split into two tournaments. Starting with the McLaren Cup, which runs from Saturday January 21st, 2017 to Friday February 3rd, 2017. The second tournament, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, commences on Friday, February 18th, 2017 to Friday March 10th, 2017.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. First founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC.   It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and since 2012, it is the only tournament in the UAE to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT).   It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the Gold Cup being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the tournament and patron of the Habtoor Polo team said, “This year there are seven teams playing in the McLaren Cup and ten teams for the Julius Baer Gold Cup, further evidence that the tournaments continue to grow. The Dubai Open has helped put the UAE on the world polo circuit. Each year the competition gets better and better, and we attract some of the best polo players in the world.”
The participating teams will host some of the top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-goal superstar and three-time ‘Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina’; Nicolas Pieres, who was recently raised to 10 goals after his superb performance in the Argentine Open; Lucas Montverde (9-goal handicap); Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (9-goal handicap) Guillermo Terrera (8-goal handicap), and Ezquiel Martinez Ferrario (8-goal handicap) and many others, who have come directly from Argentine Open. 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup will be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai Land.
 

 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Thursday, 09 February 2017

​Outstanding victory of Habtoor Polo in today´s match for the Polo Masters Cup

 



9th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  The Polo Masters Cup action resumed today with a single match at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.

Habtoor Polo, team made up by Ahmed Al Habtoor, Gregorio Gelosi, Tomás Beresford and Guillermo Cuitiño achieved an outstanding victory after defeating Bin Drai by 7 goals to 4.

The winning team took control of the match from the very beginning and with three chukkers played at a very high level, achieving a 5 goal gap difference, secured the victory despite of Bin Drai´s reaction in the last chukka.

Guillermo Cuitiño and Tomás Beresford (Habtoor Polo) were the top scorers of the match with 3 goals each.

Match progression:
Habtoor: 3-0/ 5-1/ 7-2/ 7-4


The Polo Masters Cup will continue tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with one single match from 4 pm between Wolves Polo and Mahra Polo.
 
 

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