Monday, 08 February 2016

Nine Teams to Take Part in Highly-Anticipated Julius Baer Gold Cup

Live draw to take place at The St. The St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City 

 
 Live draw to take place at The St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City on Monday February 8, 2016
 
 
8th February 2016, DUBAI, UAE: Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private bank, has announced that it will be the title and a team sponsor for the Dubai Gold Cup 2016, part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, for the second consecutive time.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), the UAE’s premier polo tournament, will take place from Friday, February 19, 2016 to Friday, March 11, 2016. A record number of teams will vie for this year’s title.
 
A high-profile panel will conduct a live draw for the highly-anticipated tournament at The St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10am in the Astor Ballroom.
 
The panel will consist of Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the event, and Patron of the Julius Baer Polo Team by Habtoor. He will be joined by Daniel Savary, Julius Baer’s head of the sub-region Middle East; Karl Hamer, Managing Director, Al Habtoor Motors (Bentley Emirates); Cesar Ruis, Julius Baer Gold Cup Tournament Director. Also present will be Rainer Kern from German watchmakers Moritz Grossman, new sponsors of the tournament.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18 goal handicap competition, is part of the Gold Cup Series. It immediately follows the McLaren Cup 2016. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.  The tournament, played under HPA rules, is now in its seventh year. It has grown significantly since inception.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor said, “Each year the event gets better and better. This year we are proud to host nine strong teams, so the competition is going to be very tough.”
 
The event is played at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club in the Arabian Ranches.
 
Commenting on the Bank’s sponsorship, Daniel Savary, Head of the Sub-Region Middle East at Bank Julius Baer said: “We are proud to continue our partnership with the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series in 2016, the UAE’s most prestigious equestrian event. Throughout our long lasting heritage spanning 125 years as the leading Swiss private bank, we have championed values like innovation, consciousness of tradition – all traits that are recognisable elements of the polo’s dynamics.
 
As an organisation which strives to deliver high quality performance and excellence, understanding our clients’ evolving needs is our unique differentiation in the market both locally and globally. And as such, we continue to reaffirm our affiliation with polo and associate our brand with leading cultural events that are valued by the local community and our clients. Such events enable to us reiterate our commitment to the Middle East and the UAE in particular as they form part of the Bank’s core strategic priorities in terms of capturing strong wealth creation dynamics here.”
 
Winners of the Julius Baer Gold Cup will be awarded with an iconic timepieces worth half a million dirhams, while Subsidiary Cup winners will receive a Bentley car for the period of one month.
 
The teams include: 
·   Abu Dhabi Polo Team:  Patron Faris Al Yabhouni
·   Bin Drai Polo Team:      Patron Saeed Bin Drai
·   Edrees Polo Team:      Patron Sultan Edrees
·   Ghantoot Polo Team:   Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
·   Julius Baer Polo team by Habtoor :   Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
·   Mahra Polo Team:        Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
·   UAE Polo Team :            Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
·   Wolves Polo Team:      Patron Ahmed M Al Habtoor & Khalaf Rashid Al Habtoor
·   Zedan Polo Team:         Patron Amr Zedan
 
Indicative of its long lasting commitment to polo, Julius Baer was previously the title sponsor of the Julius Baer Beach Polo Cup from 2013 to 2014, and the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge from 2010 to 2012. Julius Baer has also supported other international events such as the Audi Polo Awards held in London and the Ascona Polo Cup in Switzerland.
 
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About Dubai Polo Gold Cup
The DPGC Series has wrapped up its latest season with resounding success. Each year the tournament reaches new heights. In 2012 the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and in January 2014 the WPT committee announce that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series’ has enabled its important tournament (Gold Cup) for being the highest tournament in points within the Challenge Cup category by raising to 50 points for the winners. The certificate of entry was presented by the international polo. In 2015 marked the first time ever that the World Polo Tour (WPT) upgraded the Tournament from ‘Challenge Cup’ to the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, meaning winners received 60 points. The 18 goal handicap competition is now the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide.
 
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. Julius Baer’s total client assets amounted to CHF 385 billion at the end of 2015, including CHF 300 billion of assets under management. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2015, 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 5,000, including more than 1,200 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, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Lugano, 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
 
MAIN SPONSOR:
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 2016.
Bentley:
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016. As part of the Prestige Cars Division of Al Habtoor Motors, Bentley Emirates have been the sole authorized importer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1982. Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.
Bentley Emirates is set to open the doors to its new state of the art showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road the 2nd quarter of this year. This exiting development will be the first of its kind of automobile showroom experience where customers will not only come to see the range of vehicles but as well experience the World of Bentley.  Al Habtoor Motors also recently opened the world’s first Bentley Cafe & Boutique in heart of Dubai Marina on the ground floor of Al Habtoor Business Tower. It provides a perfect venue to mirror the elements that make up Bentley's DNA, which has both contemporary and classic elements.
About Al Habtoor Motors - Prestige Cars Division
Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Group, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques namely Bentley, Bugatti and McLaren in the UAE.
 
OFFICIAL TIME KEEPER:
Moritz Grossmann Uhren:
Moritz Grossmann, born in Dresden in 1826, was deemed a visionary among Germany's great horologists. In 1854, his friend Ferdinand Adolph Lange persuaded the young, highly talented watchmaker to establish his own mechanical workshop in Glashütte. Apart from building a respected watchmaking business, Grossmann was committed to political and social causes. He established the German School of Watchmaking in 1878. Moritz Grossmann passed away unexpectedly in 1885, after which his manufacture was liquidated.
 
The spirit of Moritz Grossmann's horological traditions sprang back to life in 2008 when trained watchmaker Christine Hutter discovered the venerable Glashütte brand and had it re-registered. She developed concepts and was inspired by the vision of reviving Grossmann's legacy more than 120 years later with a particularly exquisite wristwatch. And she convinced private watch enthusiasts to support her in making this dream come true. On 11 November 2008, she incorporated Grossmann Uhren GmbH in Glashütte.
 
Six years after their establishment the manufactory has presented six watch models: BENU, BENU Power reserve, BENU Tourbillon, ATUM, TEFNUT and TEFNUT Lady. The mechanical movements of the young brand MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA represent outstanding technical solutions and constructive details like the Grossmann balance wheel and the Grossmann manual winder with pusher. The technical highlight is the in November 2013 presented BENU Tourbillon: a flying three minute tourbillon with a guaiacum brake ring and a stop-seconds mechanism realized with a brush made of human hair.
At Grossmann, gifted watchmakers are preserving traditions without copying historic timepieces. With innovation, superb craftsmanship, a combination of traditional and contemporary manufacturing methods as well as precious materials, they have created an “Origin of a new time” with their watches – Pure Watchmaking Artistry since 1854. 
 
OFFICIAL HOTEL PARTNER:
St. Regis Dubai:
Extending the St. Regis legacy to Dubai, The St. Regis Dubai is set to usher in a new era of lavish entertainment, sumptuous suppers and memorable meetings as it draws inspiration from New York’s gilded age. Influenced by the beaux-arts architecture of the original St. Regis New York, the hotel’s interiors take you back to the 18th century of classical design accentuated. Accommodation includes 234 rooms - 182 rooms and 52 Suites – complemented by eight distinctive culinary venues and the Iridium Spa. Other recreational facilities include a fitness centre and two rooftop outdoor swimming pools.
 
CO-SPONSORS:
Hildon Water:
Hildon is an English Natural Mineral Water which lies deep within the chalk hills of Hampshire, as a result it is of the highest quality. Bottled at its source on the Hildon Estate in Hampshire and Imported from the UK, it is distributed exclusively by Top Shelf Beverages in the region, Hildon Natural Mineral Water is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016.  
 
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.
 
General Tire:
General Tire was founded in 1915 and is part of the Continental AG, one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. Tradition-rich U.S. tyre brand General Tire traces its origins to Akron, Ohio, where William F. O’Neill and his partner Winfred E. Fouse had the idea of producing superior quality tyres. In 1987 The German tyre manufacturer Continental acquired GenCorp’s tyre operations as part of an ambitious program of expansion.  Under the brand name General Tire the company continues to manufacture a broad portfolio of tyres for passenger cars and trucks. Over time, the brand has won itself a global reputation as one of the most innovative manufacturers of 4x4 tyres, with a wide range of products for on- and off-road use.


Andreea’s:
Andreea’s is an elegant newly opened fusion cuisine restaurant, located at the beach front of Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, in the Dubai Marina. The restaurant has already been catching the spotlight of Dubai with its alluring modern ambiance, tantalizing sights, scrumptious aromas, and heavenly flavours. Offering a unique dining experience, Andreea’s proud to be joining the family of sponsors and to support the Dubai Polo Cup Series of 2015.
 
CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital:
Established in 1999, CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital was the only full-fledged 24-hour medical center in the Jebel Ali area and it was upgraded into a hospital in August 2004. Today it is a full-fledged multi-specialty hospital offering services ranging from Pediatrics to Occupational Health, Laparoscopic Surgery to Internal Medicine. The Hospital is equipped with ICU for medical and surgical emergencies, with two major and one minor operation theatres as well as with fully equipped Laboratory and Radiology departments. The CEDARS Training Center is offering classes in Basic First Aid and Basic Life Support through an alignment with the American Hospital Dubai, an American Heart Association (AHA) International Training Center. Further attached to the hospital are Dr. Adnan Kaddaha Clinic, opening soon at Motor City, CEDARS Clinic, adjacent to the hospital and pharmacy.  The hospital also provides first aid and ambulance service for various events within the emirate of Dubai.
 
Black 28:
Life as it is lived by those who always have something going on tomorrow. And who are never without 28 BLACK. For the energy for all that awaits them. No matter where they are or what they are doing – they are never satisfied with the ordinary. And neither are we. So 28 BLACK contains no taurine, no artificial colouring and no preservatives.
More Life. More Style.
 
MEDIA PARTNERS
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016 (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.
 
Equestrio Arabia:
Equestrio changed the face of equestrian publishing when it launched in Switzerland in 2003 and set new standards for the genre in terms of quality and content. Showcasing and celebrating the lifestyles surrounding equestrianism in all its forms, while at the same time providing expert and informed editorial illustrated with the finest photography, the title won instant appeal, both at home and abroad. Equestrio Arabia was borne of the same ethos when it launched in Dubai in 2004 and has gone on to be the authoritative voice for all things polo, racing and the surrounding lifestyle. 
 
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.
 
Hurlingham Magazine:
Hurlingham Media was founded in 2005, by Roderick Vere Nicoll who wanted to share his passion for the game with other players and enthusiasts. He felt there was an opportunity to produce a magazine and a web site about polo that could convey the spirit of this exciting adrenalin-fuelled sport.
In the current edition and on the website you will see a blend of information, opinion, and lifestyle, reflecting the interests of the polo community both on and off the playing field.
In addition to the magazine, there are opportunities to work with polo in a broader way. Hurlingham Media deals closely with luxury brand owners wanting to access the affluent people who play and watch polo.
This is not just one of the world’s richest communities, it is also one of the most influential, made up of leaders and opinion-formers from the very top of society. There is also a high-profile connection between polo and the British Royal Family - something that looks sure to continue following the enthusiastic involvement of Prince William and Prince Harry in the sport.
No community is more committed to its sport than the polo fraternity. Polo players have a legendary zeal for their game. They tend to be “doers” - dynamic individuals who are successful, active, worldly and like to live life in the proverbial fast lane. They are high earners and big spenders.
Hurlingham Media is able to offer appropriate luxury brand owners the opportunity to associate their brand with the unique image of the game. To achieve this, Hurlingham Media can offer a programme of sponsorship and other brand support which will deliver real awareness among this wealthy community.
Hurlingham Media Brand Partner Programmes include sponsoring existing events; sponsoring specifically staged events; sponsoring teams; corporate hospitality linked to sponsored events; and outdoor advertising at events.
 
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 kinds 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.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, who is also Vice-Chairman and CEO of the UAE conglomerate, the Al Habtoor Group, recently announced that work is underway on a new polo development in Dubai with four polo fields. The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, situated in Dubailand, will also feature state-of-the-art stables, a five star hotel and high-end villas. It will become a new destination for horse lovers, and offer multiple disciplines from traditional horse-riding, polo and dressage.
 
He said, “This helps with our aim to provide first class sporting facilities and to train the next generation of polo players.”
 
Cristina Gusita
Event Director & Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
For more information visit: www.dubaipologoldcup.com
 
 
 
تسعة فرق تشارك في بطولة كأس جوليوس باير   الذهبية المنتظرة
يجرى سحب القرعة مباشرة في فندق سانت ريجيس-الحبتور سيتي يوم الاثنين 8 فبراير 2016
 
8 فبراير 2016، دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة – أعلن مصرف جوليوس باير   السويسري الرائد في الخدمات المصرفية الخاصة أنه سيكون، للمرة الثانية على التوالي، راعي اللقب في كأس دبي الذهبية لعام 2016 التي تُنظَّم في إطار بطولة كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو، كما أنه راعي فريق جوليوس باير   من مجموعة الحبتور المشارك في البطولة.
 
سوف تقام كأس جوليوس باير   الذهبية (بطولة دبي المفتوحة)، التي تُعَدّ البطولة الأولى في رياضة البولو في الإمارات، من يوم الجمعة 19 فبراير حتى يوم الجمعة 11 مارس 2016. وسوف يتنافس عدد قياسي من الفرق على اللقب لهذا العام.
 
تجري لجنة مرموقة سحب القرعة مباشرة لتوزيع الفرق المشاركة في البطولة، وذلك في فندق سانت ريجيس دبي في مجمع الحبتور سيتي يوم الاثنين 8 فبراير 2016 الساعة العاشرة صباحاً في قاعة أستور.
 
تتألف اللجنة من محمد الحبتور، مؤسس البطولة وكابتن فريق جوليوس باير   من مجموعة الحبتور؛ ودانيال سافاري، مدير مكتب منطقة الشرق الأوسط في مصرف جوليوس باير  ؛ وكارل هامر، العضو المنتدب في شركة الحبتور للسيارات (بنتلي الإمارات)؛ وسيزار رويس، مدير بطولة كأس جوليوس باير   الذهبية. ويشارك في اللجنة أيضاً راينر كرن من صانع الساعات الألماني، موريتز غروسمان، الراعي الجديد للبطولة.
 
كأس جوليوس باير   الذهبية (بطولة دبي المفتوحة) التي يصل فيها عدد الهانديكاب إلى 18 هدفاً، هي جزء من بطولة الكأس الذهبية، وتُنظَّم مباشرة بعد كأس مكلارين 2016. تُجرى البطولة برعاية صاحب السمو الشيخ مكتوم بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، نائب حاكم دبي. تخضع البطولة لقوانين جمعية هورلينغهام للبولو، وتُنظَّم هذا العام في دورتها السابعة، وقد ازدهرت إلى حد كبير منذ انطلاقتها.
 
وقد علّق محمد الحبتور قائلاً: "في كل عام، تتحسّن البطولة أكثر فأكثر. هذا العام، نعتزّ باستضافة تسعة فرق قوية، إذاً ستكون المنافسة محتدمة جداً".
 
تُنظَّم البطولة في ملاعب نادي دبي للبولو والفروسية في المرابع العربية.
 
وتعليقاً على رعاية المصرف للبطولة، قال دانيال سافاري، مدير مكتب منطقة الشرق الأوسط لدى مصرف جوليوس باير  : "نعتز بأن نواصل شراكتنا مع بطولة كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو لعام 2016، والتي تُعَدّ الحدث الأبرز في عالم الفروسية في الإمارات العربية المتحدة. على امتداد 125 عاماً من التاريخ العريق الذي جعل منا المجموعة الأولى للخدمات المصرفية الخاصة في سويسرا، رفعنا لواء قيم مثل الابتكار، ومراعاة التقاليد – وهما خاصيتان بارزتان في رياضة البولو".
 
أضاف: "بما أننا نسعى إلى تحقيق الامتياز والأداء الفائق الجودة، إن فهم احتياجات عملائنا المتغيِّرة هو ما يصنع فرادتنا في السوق محلياً وعالمياً. ومن هذا المنطلق، نجدّد على الدوام تأكيد التزامنا برياضة البولو، ونسعى إلى ربط اسمنا بأحداث ثقافية بارزة تكون موضع تقدير من مجتمعنا المحلي وعملائنا على السواء. تتيح لنا هذه الأحداث تجديد التزامنا بالشرق الأوسط عموماً، والإمارات خصوصاً، بما أن هذه المنطقة تندرج ضمن أولويات المصرف الاستراتيجية لناحية الإفادة من الديناميات القوية لخلق الثروات هنا".
 
سوف يحصل الفائزون في كأس جوليوس باير   الذهبية على ساعات رائعة تصل قيمتها إلى نصف مليون درهم، في حين يحصل الفائزون في الكأس الفرعية على سيارة بنتلي لمدّة شهر.
 
الفرق المشاركة هي:
·         فريق أبوظبي - بقيادة فارس اليبهوني
·         فريق بن دري - بقيادة سعيد بن دري
·         فريق إدريس - بقيادة سلطان إدريس
·         فريق غنتوت – بقيادة صاحب السمو الشيخ فلاح بن زايد آل نهيان
·         فريق جوليوس باير   من مجموعة الحبتور – بقيادة محمد الحبتور
·         فريق المهرا - بقيادة راشد الحبتور
·         فريق الإمارات - بقيادة صاحبة السمو الشيخة ميثاء بنت محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم
·         فريق ذئاب الحبتور - بقيادة أحمد م. الحبتور وخلف راشد الحبتور
·         فريق زيدان - بقيادة عمر زيدان
 
كان مصرف جوليوس باير   سابقاً راعي كأس جوليوس باير   لبولو الشاطئ في العامَين 2013 و2014، وتحدّي كارتييه الدولي للبولو في دبي من 2010 إلى 2012، ما يدلّ على التزام المصرف الطويل الأمد برعاية رياضة البولو، هذا فضلاً عن دعمه لأحداث دولية أخرى، مثل جوائز البولو من شركة "أودي" التي نُظِّمت في لندن، وكأس أسكونا للبولو في سويسرا.
 
كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو
 
حقّقت الدورة الأخيرة من بطولة كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو نجاحاً مدوّياً. ففي كل عام ترتقي البطولة إلى مستويات جديدة. عام 2012، حصلت بطولة كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو على الاعتراف من دوري البولو العالمي، وفي يناير 2014، أعلنت لجنة دوري البولو العالمي أن كأس دبي الذهبية احتلت المرتبة الأولى في عدد النقاط في فئة كأس التحدّي، مع حصول الفائزين على 50 نقطة. وتسلّمت البطولة شهادة بهذا الخصوص. وعام 2015، رفع دوري البولو العالمي البطولة من فئة "كأس التحدي" إلى فئة "كأس دوري البولو العالمي" المرموقة، ما يعني أن الفائزين حصلوا على 60 نقطة. البطولة هي الأولى في عدد الهانديكاب – 18 هدفاً - في الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا وآسيا، ما يجعلها من أفضل بطولات البولو في العالم.
 
راعي اللقب:
جوليوس باير  :
جوليوس باير   هي المجموعة الأولى للخدمات المصرفية الخاصة في سويسرا، مع تركيز على تقديم الخدمات والمشورة إلى عملاء القطاع الخاص، كما أنها عنوان ممتاز لإدارة الثروات العالمية. بلغ مجموع أصول العملاء لدى جوليوس باير   385 مليار فرنك سويسري في أواخر عام 2015، منها 300 مليار فرنك سويسري من الأصول التي تتم إدارتها مالياً. مصرف جوليوس باير   وشركاؤه، المصرف السويسري المعروف الذي احتفل بعيده الخامس والعشرين بعد المئة عام 2015، هو الشركة الأساسية في مجموعة جوليوس باير   التي يتم التداول بأسهمها في البورصة السويسرية (مؤشر السوق: BAER)، كما أنها مدرجة في مؤشر السوق السويسرية الذي يضم الأسهم السويسرية العشرين الأكبر والأكثر سيولة.
 
يوظّف مصرف جوليوس باير   أكثر من خمسة آلاف شخص، بينهم ما يزيد عن 1200 مدير للعلاقات مع العملاء، ويتواجد في أكثر من 25 بلداً و50 موقعاً. يتّخذ من زوريخ مقراً له، ولديه فروع في مواقع أساسية منها دبي وفرانكفورت وجنيف وهونغ كونغ ولندن ولوغانو وموناكو ومونتفيديو وموسكو ومومباي وسنغافورة وطوكيو. إن مقاربتنا المتمحورة حول العميل، ونصائحنا الموضوعية المستندة إلى منصة مفتوحة وفريدة من المنتجات، وقاعدتنا المالية القوية جداً، وثقافتنا الإدارية الريادية، تجعلنا المرجع الدولي في العمليات المصرفية الخاصة.
 
لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى زيارة موقعنا الإلكتروني: www.juliusbaer.com
 
الراعي الأساسي:
تعرض بنتلي الإمارات التي تشكّل جزءاً من شركة الحبتور للسيارات، الوكيل الرسمي لسيارات بنتلي في الإمارات، مجموعتها الرائعة من سيارات بنتلي في كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو لعام 2016.
بنتلي:
بنتلي الإمارات، الوكيل الأكبر لسيارات بنتلي في العالم، هي الجهة الراعية الأساسية لبطولة كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو لعام 2016. تشكّل بنتلي الإمارات جزءاً من قسم السيارات الفخمة لدى شركة الحبتور للسيارات، وهي المستورد المرخّص الوحيد لسيارات بنتلي في الإمارات منذ عام 1982. تعتمد بنتلي الإمارات على المهنية والجودة والمعايير العالية، ولا تزال تحافظ على أقصى درجات الثقة، ويُتوقّع أن تواصل ارتقاءها نحو مستويات أعلى.
من المرتقب أن تفتتح بنتلي الإمارات صالة عرض جديدة مجهّزة بأحدث التقنيات في شارع الشيخ زايد في الربع الثاني من العام الجاري. سوف تكون صالة العرض الأولى من نوعها، حيث يأتي العملاء لرؤية السيارات المختلفة إنما أيضاً اختبار عالم بنتلي. وكذلك افتتحت شركة الحبتور للسيارات مؤخراً أول مقهى وبوتيك بنتلي في العالم في قلب دبي مارينا في الطابق الأرضي من برج الحبتور للأعمال. يؤمّن مقهى وبوتيك بنتلي مكاناً مثالياً لإبراز العناصر الكلاسيكية والعصرية التي تصنع اسم بنتلي وصورتها.
شركة الحبتور للسيارات – قسم السيارات الفخمة
قسم السيارات الفخمة الذي يشكّل جزءاً من مجموعة الحبتور المعروفة التي تتخذ من دبي مقراً لها، هو الوكيل الرسمي لبعض أشهر ماركات السيارات في العالم، منها بنتلي وبوغاتي ومكلارين، في الإمارات العربية المتحدة.
 
ناظم الوقت الرسمي:
موريتز غروسمان أوهرن:
كان موريتز غروسمان الذي ولد في درسدن عام 1826، يُعتبَر رؤيوياً بين كبار صانعي الساعات في ألمانيا. عام 1845، تمكّن فرديناند أدولف لانج من إقناع صديقه صانع الساعات الشاب الذي يتمتع بموهبة كبيرة، بإنشاء محترفه الميكانيكي الخاص في غلاسهوت. إلى جانب تأسيس عمل محترم في مجال صناعة الساعات، كان غروسمان ملتزماً بالقضايا السياسية والاجتماعية. وقد أسّس المدرسة الألمانية لصناعة الساعات عام 1878. توفّي موريتز غروسمان فجأة عام 1885، وبعد وفاته، تمت تصفية مصنعه.
 
عادت روحية تقاليد موريتز غروسمان في صناعة الساعات إلى الحياة عام 2008 عندما اكتشفت كريستين هوتر التي كانت تتدرّج في مجال صناعة الساعات، الماركة المرموقة وقامت بتسجيلها من جديد. وقد طوّرت هوتر المفاهيم وسعت إلى إعادة إحياء إرث غروسمان بعد أكثر من 120 عاماً من خلال ساعة معصم فاخرة. وأقنعت عشّاق الساعات الخاصة بدعمها من أجل تحقيق هذا الحلم. وفي 11 نوفمبر 2008، أطلقت شركة Grossman Uhren GmbH لصناعة الساعات في غلاسهوت.
 
بعد ستة أعوام على تأسيسها، قدّمت الشركة ست ساعات: BENU وBENU Power reserve وBENU Tourbillon وATUM وTEFNUT وTEFNUT Lady. تتميّز الآليات الميكانيكية في ماركة Moritz Grossmann Glashütte I/SA بحلول تقنية ممتازة وتفاصيل مبتكرة على غرار عجلة التوازن وجهاز التعبئة اليدوي. في نوفمبر 2013، أطلقت الشركة ساعة BENU Tourbillon التي تتميّز بخصائصها التقنية: توربيون طائر 3 دقائق مع حلقة فرملة مصنوعة من مادة الغواياكوم، وآلية لوقف الثواني مصنوعة بواسطة فرشاة من شعر الإنسان.
يحافظ صانعو ساعات موهوبون لدى غروسمان على التقاليد من دون نسخ الساعات التاريخية. فمن خلال الابتكار، والحرَفية المدهشة، ومزيج من وسائل التصنيع التقليدية والعصرية، فضلاً عن المواد القيّمة، صنعوا، من خلال ساعاتهم، "مصدراً لوقت جديد". إنه فن راقٍ في صناعة الساعات منذ عام 1854.
 
الشريك الفندقي الأساسي:
 
سانت ريجيس دبي:
يُتوقَّع أن يطلق فندق سانت ريجيس دبي الذي يشكّل امتداداً لإرث فنادق سانت ريجيس، حقبة جديدة من الترفيه المميّز، ومآدب العشاء الفاخرة، والاجتماعات التي تنطبع في الذاكرة، في أجواء مستلهمة من العصر الذهبي في نيويورك. الديكور الداخلي في الفندق مستوحى من الهندسة المعمارية المستندة إلى أسلوب الفنون الجميلة في فندق سانت ريجيس في نيويورك، ويعود بنا إلى التصميم الكلاسيكي الذي كان سائداً في القرن الثامن عشر. يضم الفندق 234 غرفة – 182 غرفة و52 جناحاً – فضلاً عن ثمانية مطاعم وسبا إيريديوم. وتشمل المنشآت الاستجمامية الأخرى مركزاً للياقة البدنية ومسبحَين مكشوفَين على سطح الفندق.
 
الجهات الراعية المشاركة
مياه هيلدون:
هيلدون مياه معدنية طبيعية إنجليزية تُستخرَج من أعماق تلال هامشير، ولذلك تُعتبَر ذات نوعية فاخرة جداً. تتم تعبئتها عند المنبع في هيلدون إستايت في هامشير وتُستورَد من المملكة المتحدة، فتتولّى شركة Top Shelf Beverages توزيعها حصرياً في المنطقة. تعتزّ مياه هيلدون المعدنية الطبيعية بأن تكون من الجهات الراعية والداعمة لبطولة كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو لعام 2016.
 
دايموندليس:
تأسّست شركة دايموندليس ذ.م.م.، المملوكة بالكامل من مجموعة شركات الحبتور، عام 1996، بهدف تأجير السيارات للشركات والأفراد في الإمارات، كبديل عن تملُّك الآليات السيّارة. نقدّم خدماتنا حالياً لما يزيد عن 700 شركة وتجمّع متعدد الجنسيات في الإمارات، ونهتم بتلبية احتياجاتها في مجال النقل. شركة دايموندليس حائزة على شهادة ISO 9001: 2008، وتدير أسطولاً من أكثر من 8400 آلية سيّارة. وهي أول شركة لتأجير السيارات في الإمارات تحصل على شهادة ISO التي تحتفظ بها بكل اعتزاز منذ عام 1999. وتقديراً لمناقبية العمل وخدمة العملاء الممتازة، دايموندليس هي من أولى شركات تأجير السيارات التي تم اختيارها عضواً في "خطة دبي لتفوق الخدمة" عام 2013.
وقد حازت دايموندليس لسبع سنوات على التوالي، على جائزة "أفضل شركة لتأجير السيارات-علامة تجارية محلية" من "جوائز السفر في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا.
 
جنرال تاير:
تأسست شركة جنرال تاير عام 1915، وهي جزء من كونتيننتال أيه جي، إحدى كبريات شركات السيارات في العالم. جنرال تاير للإطارات علامة تجارية أمريكية غنية بالتقاليد تعود أصولها إلى مدينة أكرون في ولاية أوهايو، حيث خطرت لويليام ف. أونيل وشريكه وينفرد إي فاوس فكرة إنتاج إطارات فائقة الجودة. عام 1987، اشترى صانع الإطارات الألماني، كونتيننتال، عمليات جينكورب في إطار خطة توسّعية طموحة. لا تزال الشركة تصنّع، تحت الاسم التجاري جنرال تاير، مجموعة واسعة من الإطارات لسيارات الركاب والشاحنات. ومع مرور الوقت، اكتسبت العلامة التجارية شهرة عالمية جعلت منها أحد المصنّعين الأكثر ابتكاراً لإطارات السيارات الرباعية الدفع، مع مجموعة واسعة من المنتجات المخصصة للطرقات العادية والوعرة.
 
أندرياز:
أندرياز مطعم فاخر افتُتِح حديثاً على الواجهة البحرية لمجمع وسبا حبتور غراند في دبي مارينا، ويقدّم أطباقاً منوّعة تجمع بين مختلف المطابخ العالمية. وقد استقطب المطعم الأضواء في دبي من خلال أجوائه العصرية الساحرة ومناظره الخلاّبة وروائحه الشهية ونكهاته الرائعة. يعتز مطعم أندرياز الذي يقدّم تجربة فريدة من نوعها، بالانضمام إلى الجهات الراعية ودعم بطولة كأس دبي للبولو لعام 2016.
 
سيدرز - مستشفى جبل علي الدولي:
كان سيدرز-مستشفى جبل علي الدولي الذي تأسّس عام 1999، المركز الطبي الوحيد الذي يعمل على مدار الساعة في منطقة جبل علي، وقد تحوّل إلى مستشفى في أغسطس 2004. واليوم أصبح مستشفى كاملاً ومتعدد الاختصاصات يُقدّم خدمات تتراوح من طب الأطفال إلى الصحة المهنية، ومن الجراحة بالمنظار إلى الطب الداخلي. المستشفى مجهّز بقسم للعناية المركّزة يُستخدَم في الحالات الطبية والجراحية الطارئة، مع غرفتَي عمليات كبيرتين وغرفة صغيرة، فضلاً عن أقسام المختبرات وصور الأشعة الكاملة التجهيزات. يُقدّم مركز سيدرز التدريبي دروساً في الإسعافات الأولية وإنعاش القلب في إطار شراكة مع المستشفى الأمريكي في دبي، وهو عبارة عن مركز تدريب دولي تابع لـ"جمعية القلب الأمريكية". تلتحق أيضاً بالمستشفى عيادة الدكتور عدنان قداحة التي ستفتح أبوابها قريباً في عيادة سيدرز في موتور سيتي، بمحاذاة المستشفى والصيدلية. يؤمّن المستشفى أيضاً خدمات الإسعافات الأولية وسيارات الإسعاف لأحداث ومناسبات عدة في إمارة دبي.
 
28 Black:
إنها الحياة كما يعيشها الأشخاص الذين هم على موعد دائم مع التحدّي، والذين لا يستغنون أبداً عن مشروب الطاقة 28 Black، لأنه يمنحهم الطاقة التي يحتاجون إليها. أينما كانوا ومهما فعلوا، لا يكتفون أبداً بما هو عادي ويسعون وراء التميّز. وهذا ما نسعى إليه أيضاً. لذلك لا يحتوي مشروب الطاقة  28 Black على مادّة التورين أو على ملوّنات اصطناعية أو موادّ حافظة.
حياة أكثر حيوية. أسلوب أكثر تميّزاً. طاقة أكبر.
 
الشركاء الإعلاميون
 
OK! Middle East
الراعي الإعلامي الرسمي الحصري لبطولة كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو لعام 2016 (بطولة دبي المفتوحة). تنشر مجلة OK! Middle East أسبوعياً آخر الأخبار والصور ومقالات معمّقة عن المشاهير العالميين والشخصيات البارزة محلياً، والمناسبات الاجتماعية والنزعات الرائجة في أسلوب مشوّق وإيجابي؛ فتتفوّق على المجلات الأخرى في جعل قرّائها أقرب إلى النجوم.
 
تنقلنا OK! إلى عالم السحر والأناقة في هوليوود، من خلال صفحات ملهمة عن الموضة والجمال مستوحاة من عالم المشاهير، فتُقدِّم للقرّاء المواكبين لآخر الصيحات، الإرشادات والنصائح اللازمة كي يظهروا بكامل أناقتهم وتألّقهم.
 
OK! Middle East هي المجلة الوحيدة التي تتلقّى دعوات لدخول منازل الأثرياء والمشاهير والنافذين، وتحلّ دائماً ضيفة على السجادة الحمراء، وحفلات الافتتاح والمناسبات الحصرية التي تُنظَّم لإطلاق منتجات جديدة في منطقتنا.
 
أهلاً بكم في مساحتنا الحصرية التي تُدخلكم إلى عالم النجومية والتألق وحياة المشاهير... أهلاً بكم في OK! Middle East.
 
Equestrio Arabia
أحدثت مجلة Equestrio تغييراً في عالم المنشورات المتخصّصة برياضة الفروسية لدى إطلاقها في سويسرا عام 2003، وحدّدت معايير جديدة على مستويَي الجودة والمضمون. وقد نجحت على الفور في استقطاب القرّاء في الداخل والخارج، عبر الحديث عن الفروسية بمختلف أشكالها ونمط الحياة المحيط بها، فيما تقدّم في الوقت نفسه مضموناً تحريرياً متخصّصاً وواسع الاطلاع مرفقاً بأروع الصور. وقد استلهمت Equestrio Arabia الأسلوب نفسه لدى إطلاقها في دبي عام 2004، وتحوّلت المنبر الموثوق لكل ما يتعلق بالبولو وسباقات الخيل ونمط الحياة المحيط بهذه الرياضات.
 
PoloLine
PoloLine هو الموقع الإلكتروني الأول عالمياً في مجال الأخبار والمعلومات والخدمات المتعلقة برياضة البولو، حيث يواكب لحظةً بلحظة مختلف المحطات الكبرى في رياضة البولو حول العالم. يزوره ما يزيد عن مئة ألف شخص من أكثر من 80 بلداً. ويتيح وصولاً غير مسبوق إلى سوق عشّاق البولو التي تشهد إقبالاً شديداً.
 
البادية
تواظب مجلة البادية العربية المرموقة، منذ عام 2008، على تقديم آخر الأخبار والآراء حول عالم الفروسية ورياضة البولو واللايفستايل. وهي تقدّم في الواقع تحية إلى الشغف القديم بالجياد الأصيلة الذي يشكّل جزءاً لا يتجزأ من الثقافة العربية الغنية.
تخصّص البادية مساحة كبيرة للحديث عن رياضة سباق الخيل المرموقة، بما في ذلك المعلومات عن الأحداث التي تُنظَّم في العالم العربي والخدمات التي يبحث عنها الفرسان من مختلف الاختصاصات.
إلى جانب كونها مجلة متخصصة في اللايفستايل تلبّي الأذواق المرهفة لممارسي رياضة الفروسية، تتضمن مجموعة واسعة من المعلومات منها تغطية حصرية جداً مثل المقابلات مع المشايخ وكبار الشخصيات في العالم العربي. تستهدف المجلة النخبة في المجتمع، وتحظى بانتشار واسع في مناطق مختلفة من الخليج والشرق الأوسط.
البادية منصّة جيدة لتعريف الجمهور على العلامات التجارية الفاخرة، نظراً إلى قاعدة قرّائها الواسعة التي تتألف من عشّاق الرياضة، والوجوه الاجتماعية المرموقة، وكبار الشخصيات، والمشاهير، وأعضاء الأسر المالكة.
 
مجلة هورلينهغام
تأسست شركة هورلينغهام للإعلام عام 2005 على يد رودريك فير نيكول الذي أراد أن يتشارك شغفه باللعبة مع اللاعبين وعشّاق البولو. فقد شعر بأن الفرصة سانحة لإطلاق مجلة وموقع إلكتروني عن البولو بهدف نقل أجواء هذه الرياضة المشوّقة والمفعمة بالحماسة.
تقرأون في العدد الحالي وعلى الموقع الإلكتروني خليطاً من المعلومات والآراء والأفكار عن اللايفستايل، ما ينقل صورة عن عالم البولو داخل الملاعب وخارجها.
إلى جانب المجلة، تتيح شركة هورلينغهام للإعلام فرصاً أوسع نطاقاً في كل ما يتعلق بالبولو. فهي تتعامل عن كثب مع مالكي علامات تجارية فاخرة يرغبون في الوصول إلى الأشخاص الميسورين من لاعبين وجماهير شغوفة بمتابعة المباريات. ليس مجتمع البولو من الأكثر ثراء في العالم، بل إنه أيضاً من الأكثر نفوذاً، إذ يتألف من قادة وصانعي آراء من طبقة النخبة في المجتمع. وهناك أيضاً رابط قوي بين رياضة البولو والعائلة المالكة البريطانية – ولا شك في أنه سيتعزّز بعد الانخراط القوي للأميرَين ويليام وهاري في رياضة البولو.
يتميّز لاعبو البولو وعشّاقها بالتزامهم القوي بهذه الرياضة، ويتفوّقون في هذا المجال على الرياضات الأخرى. يتمتع لاعبو البولو بحماسة أسطورية للعبة. إنهم "منجِزون" – أشخاص ديناميكيون ناجحون وناشطون ومواكبون لما يجري من حولهم في العالم، ويحبّون الاستمتاع والمجازفة في الحياة. يكسبون الكثير وينفقون مبالغ طائلة.
تتيح شركة هورلينغهام لمالكي العلامات التجارية الفاخرة فرصة ربط علاماتهم التجارية بالصورة المميزة والفريدة التي تتمتع بها رياضة البولو. لهذه الغاية، تقدّم الشركة برنامجاً للرعاية وأشكالاً أخرى من دعم العلامات التجارية بما يتيح الترويج لها كما يجب في أوساط هذا المجتمع الثري. تشمل برامج الشراكة مع العلامات التجارية التي تقدّمها شركة هورلينغهام للإعلام، رعاية الأحداث الحالية والخاصة؛ ورعاية الفرق؛ والتعاون مع الشركات المرتبطة بالأحداث التي ترعاها شركة هورلينغهام للإعلام؛ والدعاية في الهواء الطلق خلال الأحداث الرياضية.
 
الدعم الحكومي
 
مجلس دبي الرياضي:
مجلس دبي الرياضي هو الهيئة الحكومية الرسمية المسؤولة عن تطوير قطاع الرياضة في إمارة دبي. يشرف المجلس، برئاسة صاحب السمو الشيخ حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، ولي عهد دبي، ومشاركة أعضائه الأربعة عشر، على عمل تسعة نوادٍ محلية في دبي تمارس ستّة منها أنواعاً مختلفة من الرياضيات الفردية أو الجماعية، مثل كرة القدم، وكرة اليد، والرماية؛ فضلاً عن نادٍ للشطرنج ونادٍ مخصّص لذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة.
 
ينظم المجلس منذ إنشائه عام 2006، ومن خلال رؤيته التي تهدف إلى بناء مجتمع رياضي متميّز، العديد من البطولات والمؤتمرات الرياضية سنوياً، بالتعاون مع عدد كبير من الهيئات الرياضية الدولية/الوطنية والكيانات الحكومية في دبي، مثل مؤتمر دبي الرياضي الدولي، وكأس سامسونغ الدولية لكرة قدم الشاطئ، وبطولة الغطس العالمية التي ينظمها الاتحاد الدولي للسباحة؛ وذلك في محاولة لتطوير ثقافة الاحتراف والمعارف والخبرات في مختلف الجوانب الرياضية، بدءاً من تحضير الفعاليات وصولاً إلى تنفيذها.
 
دبي هي أول مدينة عربية وشرق أوسطية تستضيف مؤتمر Sport Accord الدولي عام 2010، كما أنها أطلقت جائزة محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم للرياضات الإبداعية، وهي الجائزة الأبرز في منطقة الشرق الأوسط. على الرغم من أن مجلس دبي الرياضي يشرف على العديد من الفعاليات الرياضية الدولية، إلا أنه يولي أيضاً اهتماماً لنشر التوعية على المستوى المحلي حول أهمية عيش نمط حياة أكثر صحية ونشاطاً. وبغية تحقيق هذه الأهداف، جرى إعداد برامج ومبادرات للنشاط البدني، مثل برنامج نبض دبي للنشاط البدني، وبطولات مقاطعة الفرجان، ودوري دبي لكرة القدم الشاطئية، من أجل استهداف المجتمعات المحلية المختلفة داخل إمارة دبي.
 
ومؤخراً أعلن محمد الحبتور، نائب رئيس مجلس الإدارة الرئيس التنفيذي في مجموعة الحبتور، أن العمل جارٍ على بناء مجمع جديد للبولو في دبي يضم أربعة ملاعب. كما سيتضمن منتجع ونادي الحبتور بولو في دبي لاند، اسطبلات متطورة جداً، وفندقاً 5 نجوم وفيلات بغاية الفخامة. وسوف يتحوّل وجهة جديدة لعشّاق الخيول، ويتيح ممارسة رياضات متنوعة مثل ركوب الخيل التقليدي، والبولو، وترويض الخيل.
 
وقد علّق الحبتور: "يساعدنا ذلك على تحقيق هدفنا المتمثّل في تأمين منشآت رياضية عالمية الطراز وتدريب الجيل المقبل من لاعبي البولو".
 
كريستينا غوسيتا
مديرة الأحداث والمناسبات ومنسّقة عامة لرياضة البولو
كأس دبي الذهبية للبولو
بريد إلكتروني: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى زيارة الموقع الإلكتروني: www.dubaipologoldcup.com
 
 

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) Announces 2016 Tournament Dates at Live Draw


 
18th January 2016, DUBAI, UAE:    The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18 Goal Handicap competition, enters its seventh 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. At the press conference on Monday, January 18, 2016 at The St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City, the organising committee conducted a live draw for the McLaren Cup 2016.
 
The Dubai Open has been split into two tournaments. Starting with the McLaren Cup 2016, which runs from Friday January 22, 2016 to Friday February 5, 2016. The second tournament, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, commences on Friday, February 19, 2016 to Friday March 11, 2016.
 
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 nine teams playing in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, further evidence that the competition is picking up momentum. 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 and one time Triple Crown winner with Ellerstina ’; Lucas Montverde (9-goal handicap); Guillermo Terrera (8-goal handicap), Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (8-goal handicap) and Alejandro Novillo Astrada (8-goal handicap) and many others. 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup will be held at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club in Arabian Ranches.
 
Six polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2016 18-goal handicap: 

·      Mahra Polo – Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor
·      Bin Drai Polo Team – Patron: Saeed Bin Drai
·      Habtoor Polo Team – Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor
 ·     UAE Polo Team – Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
 ·     Zedan Polo Team – Patron: Amr Zedan
 
·     Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Ahmed Mohammed Al Habtoor / Khalaf Rashid Al Habtoor 

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About Dubai Polo Gold Cup
The DPGC Series has wrapped up its latest season with resounding success. Each year the tournament reaches new heights. In 2012 the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and in January 2014 the WPT committee announce that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series’ has enabled it’s important tournament (Gold Cup) for being the highest tournament in points within the Challenge Cup category by raising to 50 points for the winners. The certificate of entry was presented by the international polo. In 2015 marked the first time ever that the World Polo Tour (WPT) upgraded the Tournament from ‘Challenge Cup’ to the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, meaning winners received 60 points. The 18 goal handicap competition is now the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide.
 
SILVER CUP TITLE SPONSOR:
McLaren:
In support of the sporting spirit of the nation, Al Habtoor Motors – the official retailer of McLaren in the UAE – is proud to announce the Title Sponsorship for the Silver Cup of the prestigious Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016.
  
Although McLaren’s origins are rooted in racing, McLaren today is much more than just a race team. After half a century of innovating to win, McLaren has evolved into a groundbreaking technology group, where related expertise cross-pollinates with truly emotional results. Two areas in which our expertise has truly defined us are carbon fibre and advanced simulation.
 
Adopting a ‘no-compromise’ philosophy at its core in vehicle design, McLaren produces super cars that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that McLaren super cars – such as the 650S – offer the most thrilling driving experience in its class yet is the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.
 
OFFICIAL HOTEL PARTNER:
St. Regis Dubai:
Extending the St. Regis legacy to Dubai, The St. Regis Dubai is set to usher in a new era of lavish entertainment, sumptuous suppers and memorable meetings as it draws inspiration from New York’s gilded age. Influenced by the beaux-arts architecture of the original St. Regis New York, the hotel’s interiors take you back to the 18th century of classical design accentuated. Accommodation includes 234 rooms - 182 rooms and 52 Suites – complemented by eight distinctive culinary venues and the Iridium Spa. Other recreational facilities include a fitness centre and two rooftop outdoor swimming pools. For more information on The St. Regis Dubai, please visit www.stregisdubai.com or follow on @StRegisDubai.
 
 
CO-SPONSORS:
Hildon Water:
Hildon is an English Natural Mineral Water which lies deep within the chalk hills of Hampshire, as a result it is of the highest quality. Bottled at its source on the Hildon Estate in Hampshire and Imported from the UK, it is distributed exclusively by Top Shelf Beverages in the region, Hildon Natural Mineral Water is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016.  For more information and to stock Hildon, please contact simon@accentureinvestment.com or call +971 4 4531782.

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.
 
Andreea’s:
Andreea’s is an elegant newly opened fusion cuisine restaurant, located at the beach front of Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, in the Dubai Marina. The restaurant has already been catching the spotlight of Dubai with its alluring modern ambiance, tantalizing sights, scrumptious aromas, and heavenly flavours. Offering a unique dining experience, Andreea’s proud to be joining the family of sponsors and to support the Dubai Polo Cup Series of 2015. For more information and reservations, please contact andreeas@accentureinvestment.com or call +971 50 502 86 66.
 
CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital:
Established in 1999, CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital was the only full-fledged 24-hour medical center in the Jebel Ali area and it was upgraded into a hospital in August 2004. Today it is a full-fledged multi-specialty hospital offering services ranging from Pediatrics to Occupational Health, Laparoscopic Surgery to Internal Medicine. The Hospital is equipped with ICU for medical and surgical emergencies, with two major and one minor operation theatres as well as with fully equipped Laboratory and Radiology departments. The CEDARS Training Center is offering classes in Basic First Aid and Basic Life Support through an alignment with the American Hospital Dubai, an American Heart Association (AHA) International Training Center. Further attached to the hospital are Dr. Adnan Kaddaha Clinic, opening soon at Motor City, CEDARS Clinic, adjacent to the hospital and pharmacy.  The hospital also provides first aid and ambulance service for various events within the emirate of Dubai.
 
Black 28:
Life as it is lived by those who always have something going on tomorrow. And who are never without 28 BLACK. For the energy for all that awaits them. No matter where they are or what they are doing – they are never satisfied with the ordinary. And neither are we. So 28 BLACK contains no taurine, no artificial colouring and no preservatives.
More Life. More Style. More Energy
Info: simon@accentureinvestment.com or call +971 4 4531782
 
MEDIA PARTNERS
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016 (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.
 
Equestrio Arabia:
Equestrio changed the face of equestrian publishing when it launched in Switzerland in 2003 and set new standards for the genre in terms of quality and content. Showcasing and celebrating the lifestyles surrounding equestrianism in all its forms, while at the same time providing expert and informed editorial illustrated with the finest photography, the title won instant appeal, both at home and abroad. Equestrio Arabia was borne of the same ethos when it launched in Dubai in 2004 and has gone on to be the authoritative voice for all things polo, racing and the surrounding lifestyle. 
www.equestrio.com
 
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.
 
Hurlingham Magazine:
Hurlingham Media was founded in 2005, by Roderick Vere Nicoll who wanted to share his passion for the game with other players and enthusiasts. He felt there was an opportunity to produce a magazine and a web site about polo that could convey the spirit of this exciting adrenalin-fuelled sport.
In the current edition and on the website you will see a blend of information, opinion, and lifestyle, reflecting the interests of the polo community both on and off the playing field.
In addition to the magazine, there are opportunities to work with polo in a broader way. Hurlingham Media deals closely with luxury brand owners wanting to access the affluent people who play and watch polo.
This is not just one of the world’s richest communities, it is also one of the most influential, made up of leaders and opinion-formers from the very top of society. There is also a high-profile connection between polo and the British Royal Family - something that looks sure to continue following the enthusiastic involvement of Prince William and Prince Harry in the sport.
No community is more committed to its sport than the polo fraternity. Polo players have a legendary zeal for their game. They tend to be “doers” - dynamic individuals who are successful, active, worldly and like to live life in the proverbial fast lane. They are high earners and big spenders.
Hurlingham Media is able to offer appropriate luxury brand owners the opportunity to associate their brand with the unique image of the game. To achieve this, Hurlingham Media can offer a programme of sponsorship and other brand support which will deliver real awareness among this wealthy community.
Hurlingham Media Brand Partner Programmes include sponsoring existing events; sponsoring specifically staged events; sponsoring teams; corporate hospitality linked to sponsored events; and outdoor advertising at events.
Please contact Roderick Vere Nicoll for further information on +44 7714 836 102 or hurlingham@hpa-polo.co.uk
 
OFFICIAL RADIO PARTNER:
 
Radio 1
Radio 1 is the UAE’s number 1 for hit music, across Dubai on 104.1 and in Abu Dhabi on 100.5. Get up with Danny C’s Rude Awakening- for the cheekiest start to the day in the Emirates! Radio 1 is your soundtrack to everything that’s hot across the country, whether it’s going out, movies, music events and concerts or the latest entertainment news. Radio 1 is wherever you are with the freshest hit music – on radio, online or on your smartphone and at your favourite events. Keep up to date with everything Radio 1 on Facebook, or follow on Twitter/Instagram @Radio1UAE
 
Radio 2
Radio 2 plays More Music Variety across the UAE – on 99.3 in Dubai and 106 in Abu Dhabi. Mornings are brighter and more fun from 6am with The Kenny and Daisy Show- with all the goss from the world of showbiz, music and entertainment. With huge competitions, events and even the chance to join Kenny and Daisy’s famous Brunch Bunch, Radio 2 is the only way to wake up in the Emirates. Radio 2 is the perfect soundtrack to have on at work- with the 9 to 5 No Repeat Workday, meaning you’ll never hear the same song twice, and every single song is familiar, feel good and always in touch with your mood! For more, like Radio 2 on Facebook or follow on Twitter @Radio2UAE.
 
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 kinds 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.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, who is also Vice-Chairman and CEO of the UAE conglomerate, the Al Habtoor Group, recently announced that work is underway on a new polo development in Dubai with four polo fields. The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, situated in Dubailand, will also feature state-of-the-art stables, a five star hotel and high-end villas. It will become a new destination for horse lovers, and offer multiple disciplines from traditional horse-riding, polo and dressage.
 
He said, “This helps with our aim to provide first class sporting facilities and to train the next generation of polo players.”
 
 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Julius Baer Gold Cup 2015 (Dubai Open)

18 Goal Handicap
Held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2015, 18 goal handicap tournament with five chukkas in a match will start on Monday, February 23, 2015 and end with the final match on Friday March 13, 2015. The event will take place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club located at Arabian Ranches, Dubai.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) is the highest handicap tournament in the Middle East, Africa and Asia and the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, 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).  
 
Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Julius Baer Gold Cup is played in accordance with the HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision of the HPA.
 
The first to be played on Monday, February 23, 2015 between Ghantoot Polo and Bin Drai Polo in the first group, and Julius Baer Team against Edrees Polo in the second group. The matches corresponding to the first phase will be played until March 6, 2015 and the four best teams of each group will continue on to play the Bentley Cup Semi-Final and the Julius Baer Gold Cup Semi-Final on Monday March 9, 2015. The finals will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015.
 
The prize value of this year Julius Bar Gold Cup is half of million dirhams.
 
This year the teams have more to play for, as the winning team will not only be awarded the trophy; each team member will also be given a limited edition Breitling for Bentley watch.
 
Ten of the world’s best Polo teams and the most respected names in polo have confirmed their participation to compete in this year’s tournament:
 
§  Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
§  Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai
§  Julius Baer Team by Habtoor -Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
§  Ghantoot Polo Team - Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
§  UAE Polo Team - Patron  Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
§  Abu Dhabi Polo Team - Patron Faris Yabhouni
§  Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan
§  Desert Palm 1 Polo Team -Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
§  Desert Palm 2 Polo Team - Patron Tarik Al Bawardi
§  Edrees Polo Team - Patron Sultan Edrees
 
Title Sponsor Gold Cup:
 
Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, was named as the title sponsor of the Gold Cup for the first time in 2015, as it looks to continue its tradition of supporting key cultural events across the UAE. The bank celebrated its tenth anniversary in the country last year and has grown to become a leading provider of private banking services in the market. Its focus on polo stems from its recognition of the sport’s value to its clients and the local community. This commitment is also driven by the sport’s dynamics that embody a combination of innovation and a consciousness of tradition, traits that the bank has been associated with in its long 125-year history.
Main sponsor:
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world was named as the title sponsor for the Subsidiary Cup and for two years running as the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015. As part of the Prestige Cars Division of Al Habtoor Motors, Bentley Emirates have been the sole authorized importer of Bentley Motor vehicles in the UAE since 1982. Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards, Bentley continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.
Breitling for Bentley
 
British chic, Swiss excellence: the Breitling for Bentley collection has asserted a new art of living. Symbolised by the winged B, it carves out its own path, reflecting an exclusive universe where luxury and accomplishment converge. Performance and prestige. Power and style. Class and boldness.
Born from the encounter between the grand art of British carmaking and the great Swiss watchmaking tradition, this richly endowed family of exclusive chronographs houses exceptional “engines” inside its gold, steel or titanium bodywork. Artfully designed and produced with extreme concern for details, it embodies the same momentum in the pursuit of perfection and beauty shared by the famous British automobile manufacturer and the chronograph specialist. The very same passion for performance and elegance which - from the Bentley workshops in Crewe to those of Breitling Chronometrie in La Chaux-de-Fonds - invites devotees of fine mechanisms to set off on a truly amazing journey.
In 2002, Bentley caused a sensation by launching the Continental GT, the most powerful Bentley ever built. Breitling lent its personal touch to this epitome of luxury and performance by participating in the design of the technical instruments and creating the onboard clock. It was the very first time that Bentley had entrusted this task to a watchmaker.
 
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 - Press Conferance


The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 (Dubai Open) Enters its Sixth Year
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) is held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, who has supported the tournament since inception.

Details of the tournament were unveiled at a press conference at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10am. The Dubai Open, now in its sixth year, is considered one of the most important and prestigious polo events in the region.      
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the tournament said, “The Dubai Gold Cup Series gets better and better each year. In a short space of time, The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has become the highest handicapped tournament in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The tournament, which started off as a 10-12 goal handicap in 2010, to a 16 goal handicap in 2014, has now increased even further to an 18 goal handicap this year. This shows that Dubai is now firmly on the world map as a polo destination.”
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. Each year the event reaches new heights growing in tandem with the city of Dubai which has quickly gained popularity and found its place on the Polo world stage. The Dubai Open is the only tournament certified and recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT), since 2012. And, recently the WPT raised the level of the competition for a second year running. The WPT said in a statement, "One of the polo destinations that had grown most in recent years is Dubai. The Dubai Gold Cup, the main competition, is played at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and will go up from Challenge Cup to WPT Cup and the winners will be awarded 60 points."
 
The WPT honoured Mohammed Al Habtoor with a prize for his continued support of the sport and helping raise the profile of polo in the UAE.
 
The Gold Cup series, split into two tournaments with five chukkas in a match. It will officially start with the McLaren Cup 2015, which runs from Friday January 23, 2015 to Friday February 6, 2015. It will be followed by the Julius Baer Gold Cup, which will commence on Monday February 23, 2015 to Friday March 13, 2015.
 
This year, there will be a total of 10 international Polo team participating in the 18-goal tournament:
 
  • Mahra Polo  -  Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron: Saeed Bin Drai
  • Habtoor Polo Team - Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor ~ McLaren Cup
  • Julius Baer Team by Al Habtoor – Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor ~ Julius Baer Gold Cup
  • Ghantoot Polo Team - Patron: HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Abu Dhabi Polo Team - Patron: Faris Al Yabhouni
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron: Amr Zedan
  • Desert Palm 1 Polo Team - Patron: Rashid Al Bawardi
  • Desert Palm 2 Polo Team - Patron: Tarik Al Bawardi
  • Edrees Polo Team ~ Patron: Sultan Edrees
  
Title Sponsor Silver Cup:
McLaren:
In support of the sporting spirit of the nation, McLaren UAE - Al Habtoor Motors is proud to announce the Title Sponsorship for the Silver Cup of the prestigious Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015.
 
Al Habtoor Motors is the exclusive distributor for McLaren in the UAE. Excellence, innovation and technical expertise are what drive Al Habtoor Motors to its success. McLaren cars are based on F1 technology, giving drivers an unrivalled experience every time they step into their McLaren.
 
The most thrilling supercars are usually the most compromised: their suspension is rock solid, road noise invades the cockpit and creature comforts are removed to reduce weight. The new McLaren 650S breaks the mould: it is sensational to drive yet generously equipped and extraordinarily comfortable. It’s the world’s ultimate luxury sports car.
 
Title Sponsor Gold Cup:
Julius Baer:

Sponsoring the Dubai Polo Gold Cup for the first time, Julius Baer continues its tradition of supporting key cultural events across the UAE. The bank is celebrating its tenth anniversary in the country this year and has grown to become a leading provider of private banking services in the market. Its focus on polo stems from its recognition of the value and importance of this sport to the local community and its clients.
 The bank was previously the title sponsor of the Julius Baer Beach Polo Cup from 2013 to 2014 and the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge in 2012, in addition to international events such as the Audi Polo Awards held in London and the Ascona Polo Cup, Switzerland. Julius Baer has made this commitment to sponsoring polo on a global level because the sport’s dynamics embody a mix of innovation and a consciousness of tradition, values that the bank has been associated with in its long heritage as the foremost Swiss private banking group.  

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. Julius Baer’s total client assets amounted to CHF 385 billion at the end of October 2014, including CHF 285 billion of assets under management. 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 form part of the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.
 
Julius Baer is currently in the final phase of integrating Merrill Lynch’s International Wealth Management business outside the US. This will increase the Group’s presence to more than 25 countries and 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Lugano, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Singapore and Tokyo.
 
For more information visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com

Bentley:
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world for 2 years running is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015. As part of the Prestige Cars Division of Al Habtoor Motors, Bentley Emirates have been the sole authorized importer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1982. Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.
 
CO-SPONSORS
Hildon Water:
Hildon is an English Natural Mineral Water which lies deep within the chalk hills of Hampshire, as a result it is of the highest quality. Bottled at its source on the Hildon Estate in Hampshire and Imported from the UK, it is distributed exclusively by Top Shelf Beverages in the region, Hildon Natural Mineral Water is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014.  For more information and to stock Hildon, please contact info@ihs-uae.com or call +971 4 4531782.

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 we are serving 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 8300 dealer-maintained 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.
 
Andreea’s:
Andreea’s is an elegant newly opened fusion cuisine restaurant, located at the beach front of Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, in the Dubai Marina. The restaurant has already been catching the spotlight of Dubai with its alluring modern ambiance, tantalizing sights, scrumptious aromas, and heavenly flavours. Offering a unique dining experience, Andreea’s proud to be joining the family of sponsors and to support the Dubai Polo Cup Series of 2015. For more information and reservations, please contact andreeas@accentureinvestment.com or call +971 50 502 86 66.
 
CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital:
Established in 1999, CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital was the only full-fledged 24-hour medical center in the Jebel Ali area and it was upgraded into a hospital in August 2004. Today it is a full-fledged multi-specialty hospital offering services ranging from Pediatrics to Occupational Health, Laparoscopic Surgery to Internal Medicine. The Hospital is equipped with ICU for medical and surgical emergencies, with two major and one minor operation theatres as well as with fully equipped Laboratory and Radiology departments.
 
The CEDARS Training Center is offering classes in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support through an alliance with the American Heart Association (AHA). Further attached to the hospital are 24-hour-pharmacy and Dr. Adnan Kaddaha Clinic. Projects to expand the hospital structure and add more services that enable CEDARS Jebel Ali International Hospital to become a comprehensive tertiary care healthcare provider are under way. The hospital has successfully achieved JCI accreditation in June 2012.
 
MEDIA PARTNERS
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 (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.
 
Sport360:
As the leading sports information and news provider in the Middle East Sport360 is proud to be associated with the Dubai Gold Polo Cup. With its daily newspaper and Weekend edition, Sport360 reaches out to all sports fans in the UAE and provides them with all the latest news and results, as well as key lifestyle and business of sport features. Its daily qualified circulation as issued by BPA Worldwide stands at 36,762 with an estimated 151,000 readers per day enjoy a depth and breadth of content unmatched in the region, which is assembled by a team of specialists in football, cricket, golf, tennis, motorsport, horseracing, sailing, and much more.
Sport360’s digital platforms have also attracted sports enthusiasts from around the GCC and MENA region, thanks to the www.sport360.com website, social media channels and smart phone applications.
Equestrio Arabia:
Equestrio Arabia is the media sponsor. EQUESTRIO changed the face of equestrian publishing when it launched in Switzerland in 2003 and set new standards for the genre in terms of quality and content. By showcasing and celebrating the lifestyles surrounding equestrianism in all its forms, while at the same time providing expert and informed editorial illustrated with the finest photography, the title won instant appeal, both at home and abroad.
EQUESTRIO Arabia became the second title in the series when it launched in Dubai. EQUESTRIO France followed in 2006 with EQUESTRIO China and EQUESTRIO Italy taking up the reins in 2008.
Now published in five countries, in five languages, on three continents, EQUESTRIO is to be found at the heart of equestrian communities worldwide. A delicious melange of informed sporting editorial, fine art, luxury travel and lifestyle features.
 
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.
 
 
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Calendar:
Dubaicalendar.com is your single, reliable, bi-lingual source for the best events Dubai has to offer throughout the year, helping you plan and make the most of your stay, and making sure there is always a reason to visit and revisit Dubai. Highlighting Dubai’s festivals, exhibitions, cultural and sporting events, dubaicalendar.com is the official point of reference on events and promotions in Dubai, keeping business and leisure visitors, and residents informed about the multitude of events that the city offers.
 
Dubaicalendar.com is the key information channel managed by Dubai Calendar, an initiative born out of the vision for a more dynamic events industry for the Emirate of Dubai. Part of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Calendar helps bring together the government, consumer and industry to establish Dubai as a world-class events destination. Since its inception, Dubai Calendar has become an enabler for the local community, events industry, tourists and government bodies alike.
 
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 12 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety kinds 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 SportAccord International Convention in 2010, and stages the 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.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, who is also Vice-Chairman and CEO of the UAE conglomerate, the Al Habtoor Group, recently announced that work is underway on a new polo development in Dubai with four polo fields. The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, situated in Dubailand, will also feature state-of-the-art stables, a five star hotel and high-end villas. It will become a new destination for horse lovers, and offer multiple disciplines from traditional horse-riding, polo and dressage.
 
He said, “This helps with our aim to provide first class sporting facilities and to train the next generation of polo players.”
 
 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Julius Baer to sponsor The Dubai Gold Cup 2015


World’s fourth-largest polo tournament to bring together the best local and international talent
 
Dubai, January 14th , 2015: Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, has announced that it will be the title and a team sponsor for the Dubai Gold Cup 2015, part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Sponsoring the UAE’s most prestigious equestrian event for the first time, Julius Baer continues its tradition of supporting key cultural events across the country and reaffirms its longstanding affiliation with the world of polo.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind and will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Now in its sixth year, the event will see some of the most talented international and local players, including Alejandro Muzzio, Pablo Mac Donough, and Lucas Monterverde, compete for the trophy. Taking place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches, the Series will be split into two tournaments, beginning with the McLaren Cup from 23rd January to 06th February, and the Julius Baer Gold Cup, taking place from 23rd February to 13th March 2015.
 
Commenting on the sponsorship, Daniel Savary, Head of Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa (EMMEA), Bank Julius Baer & Co Ltd, said: “We are proud to partner with the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series and to support this prestigious tournament, which is line with our focus on polo and is also indicative of our long-term commitment to the UAE. Having celebrated our tenth anniversary in the country last year and grown to become a leading provider of private banking services in the market, our emphasis on sponsoring important cultural activities here stems from our recognition of its value to the local community and our clients.”
 
“Julius Baer has made this commitment to sponsoring polo in particular because the sport’s dynamics embody a mix of innovation and a consciousness of tradition, traits that the bank has been associated with in its long 125-year history. It also embodies the same goals that we strive towards every day as a business enterprise, namely a commitment to excellence, as well as a focus on delivering high quality performance. We aim to further build on our tradition of supporting some of the most important events in the UAE.”
 
The bank was previously the title sponsor of the Julius Baer Beach Polo Cup from 2013 to 2014, and the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge from 2010 to 2012. Launched in 2009, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup has grown to become the region’s premier polo competition, and attracts leading VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC. The tournament has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and in 2012, it was recognised by the World Polo Tour (WPT). Last year the competition was the highest WPT tournament in points within the Challenge Cup Category and in this year the Gold Cup went up from Challenge Cup to World Polo Tour Cup, winners receiving 60 points . Held under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision of the HPA.
 
A total of ten teams will participate in the renowned event, including the world’s best polo teams and the most respected names from the sport. Participating teams include:
 
UAE Polo Team – Patron  HH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Ghantoot Polo Team – Patron HH Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan  
Julius Baer Team by Al Habtoor – Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
Bin Drai Polo Team – Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
Mahra Polo – Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
Abu Dhabi Polo Team – Patron Faris Al Yabhouni
Zedan Polo Team – Patron Amr Zedan
Desert Palm Dubai Polo Team 1- Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
Desert Palm Dubai Polo Team 2 – Patron Tariq Al Bawardi
Edrees Polo Team  - Patron Sultan Edrees 
 
About 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. Julius Baer’s total client assets amounted to CHF 385 billion at the end of October 2014, including CHF 285 billion of assets under management. 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 form part of the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.
 
Julius Baer is currently in the final phase of integrating Merrill Lynch’s International Wealth Management business outside the US. This will increase the Group’s presence to more than 25 countries and 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Lugano, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Singapore and Tokyo.
 
For more information visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com
 
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

THE AL HABTOOR POLO RESORT



Located in Dubai near the Emirates Road and the Dubai-Al Ain Road.
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The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club is due for completion in 2017; it will include a five-star hotel with up to 136 rooms and 162 luxury bungalows, as well as a polo club, a state-of-the-art polo academy, and a riding and dressage school, and 500 stables.

The exclusive 6 million square foot inland development, located in Dubai, is conveniently located next to the Emirates Road and the Dubai-Al Ain Road.

The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will have four world-class polo fields, which will help reinforce Dubai’s role in the world polo circuit. The Polo Academy will be open to riders of all ages and abilities; students will be able to practice a wide range of riding disciplines, including dressage, riding and show jumping.

Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO said, "The new Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will be a wonderful addition to the range of world class facilities that both visitors and residents already enjoy. It will also host the most important polo tournaments in the Middle East such as the Silver Cup, Gold Cup and the famous British Polo Day. These tournaments are part of the World Polo Tour, established in 2010 as a 10-goal tournament, but now played as an 18-goal tournament, attracting the attention of the best polo players around the world. We are proud of our heritage in supporting the UAE’s development as an ideal place to live and holiday, and by adding a polo resort to our portfolio we are demonstrating our intent to further enhance the quality and variety of our assets and services."
 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

McLaren Dubai as Title sponsor for Silver Cup 2015

Event held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai

Dubai, November 27, 2014: In support of the sporting spirit of the nation, McLaren Dubai - Al Habtoor Motors is proud to announce the Titl Sponsorship for the Silver Cup of the prestigious Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is an annual tournament and is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, US and the UK. To be held for the sixth year , the event will take place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches in Dubai. The series is split into two tournaments beginning with the Silver Cup to be held from 23rd January – 06th February, while the Gold Cup will be held from : 23rd February – 13th March 2015.

Al Habtoor Motors is the exclusive distributor for Mclaren in the UAE. Excellence, innovation and technical expertise are what drive Al Habtoor Motors to its success. Mclaren cars are based on F1 technology, giving drivers an unrivalled experience every time they step into their McLaren.

The most thrilling supercars are usually the most compromised: their suspension is rock solid, road noise invades the cockpit and creature comforts are removed to reduce weight. The new McLaren 650S breaks the mould: it is sensational to drive yet generously equipped and extraordinarily comfortable. It’s the world’s ultimate luxury sports car.

First founded in 2009, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts some of the leading VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC. The tournament has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and in 2012, Recognized by the World polo Tour (WPT) since 2012 and in 2014 Dubai Polo Gold Cup will yield the highest WPT tournament in points within the Challenge Cup Category.

Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpire will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.

A total of ten teams will participate in the renowned tournament , the world’s best Polo teams and the most respected names from the world of polo have confirmed their participation in the McLaren Cup 2015 to compete in this year’s Tournament.

 

Friday, 14 March 2014

GOLD CUP WINNER GHANTOOT




Ghantoot won the Bentley Emirates Gold Cup, the most important tournament of the season in the United Arab Emirates, after defeating Habtoor by a 7-5 score.
Ali Al Merri, Oscar Colombres, Facundo Sola and Pelayo Berazadi successfully defended their 2013 title and also raised the second trophy in a row at the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series after also winning the McLaren Silver Cup.

Ghantoot took control of the game from the first chukka despite some great reaction by Habtoor in the last seven minutes to close the gap to only two goals.
Berazadi was adjudged the MVP of the final and Cenicienta, ridden by Facundo Sola, was the best pony of the game.

Score Ghantoot: 2-0/ 3-0/ 6-1/ 7-3/ 7-5

With the coronation of Ghantoot ADCB as the best team of the season the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 came to an end.

After a record of 10 teams took part during the season, and a superb level of competition being played throughout, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series continues to grow on the international polo calendar.

Dubai is now one of the most attractive spots in the world for polo and next year, with the handicap level increasing to 18 goals, the best players and great polo is guaranteed
 

 

 

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series

Mohammed K. Al Habtoor , Chairman of Dubai Polo Gold Cup Organization says:

We are honored that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

I am proud to say that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup organization  is well established and being in its fifth  year has earned itself a worldwide reputation.
The Sport of Polo has once again proved its massive appeal as DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP Series has been shortlisted in the top 8 Best Sport Event (Professional). 

The Sport Industry Awards category finalists were announced yesterday, at the Press Conference that was held  at the  Royal Box of Zayed Sports City Stadium by the SPIA committee  in association with the Dubai Sports Council.
 
“We are proud to be nominated for 2014 SPIA Awards.”
 
Best Sport Event (Professional)
 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
 Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s
 Mubadala World Tennis Championship
 OSN 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations
 European Tour’s Race to Dubai
 
Being recognized as one of the leading Best Sport Event in the region is testament that DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP Series ability is to become one of the leading sports hub locally and internationally , attracting the best polo teams from around the world.

The  Sport Industry Awards recognizes the greatest achievements across the entire business of sport, including the most outstanding and innovative work in marketing, PR, advertising, community investment and sponsorship. 

In addition ,the “ Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series “ an impeccable organization that was recognized by the World Polo Tour  in 2011 , and in January 2014 the WPT committee announce that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is now the highest tournament in points inside the Challenge Cup Category by raising to 50 points for the winners.
The certificate of entry was presented by the international polo.
 
 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Bentley Emirates, Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2014 ~ FIXTURE

 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

McLaren Cup 2014 ~ FIXTURE

 

Monday, 27 January 2014

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 (Dubai Open)


The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 in its Fifth Year of Success
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

One of the most prestigious polo events in the region “ Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series “ , announced at the press conference, held at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah ,10am today.

This is the fifth year in a row that the much anticipated event will be held. It takes place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches in Dubai. 

The tournament will kick off with the McLaren Cup, beginning February 1 ending February 15, the Bentley Emirates Dubai Polo Gold Cup will commence on February 24 and will end on March 14, 2014.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. Each year the event reaches new heights growing in tandem with the city of Dubai which has  quickly gained popularity and found its place on the Polo world stage.

There will be ten teams competing at this year’s Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series; a draw will be held at the press conference to determine which teams will compete against each other.
 
All Patrons and Teams attending:
 
UAE Polo Team ~ Patron  Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Ghantoot Polo Team ~ Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Habtoor Polo Team ~ Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
Bin Drai Polo Team ~ Patron Saeed Bin Drai
Mahra Polo ~ Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
Abu Dhabi Polo Team ~ Patron Faris Yabhouni
Zedan Polo Team ~ Patron Amr Zedan
Desert Palm Dubai Polo Team 1 ~ Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
Desert Palm Dubai Polo Team 2 ~ Patron Tarik Al Bawardi
Edrees Polo Team ~ Patron Sultan Edrees
 
In 2012, the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and this year at the WPT annual meeting committee, decided that Dubai Polo Gold Cup Tournament gets the highest tournament in points inside the Challenge Cup Category.
 
Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA. For this season we have the 16 goal handicap. This means the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) is now the highest handicapped tournament in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
 
With its exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour, it has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar. This year it looks set to be more popular than ever and some of the most respected names from the world of polo have confirmed their participation.

“I am proud to say the Dubai Polo Gold Cup is well established and now running into its fifth year,” message by Mohammed Al Habtoor, the Chairman of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series.
“The ‘Dubai Open’ has earned itself a worldwide reputation thanks to the commitment from the patrons and teams that have participated over the years. This year we have a record number of ten teams – with some very well-known polo names participating yet again! It has been an honor to Chair such a prestigious tournament over the years and to watch it grow to what it is today.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup has achieved so much in such a short space of time. What started out as a 10-12 handicap game in 2010 is now the highest handicap tournament in the Middle East – with a 16 high goal handicap. But that’s not all… we are currently studying upping the stakes even further – to an 18 goal handicap next year! This will without a doubt increase competition even further.
 
This year, we not only welcome new teams into the Dubai Open, but we are pleased to welcome Her Highness Shaikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as patron of her own team. We also welcome His Highness Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan as Patron of Ghantoot, two Desert Palm teams from the Al Barwardi family and we welcome Sultan Edrees patron of Edrees Polo Team.
 
I am very proud of our achievements so far, and I promise you one thing, we will not let our guard down.
Dubai is now well and truly on the world map of polo and we will continue to raise its profile even further.
We also have something else to be very proud of this year. Dubai recently won its bid to host the Expo 2020.
 
This is not only another feather in our cap for our country, but it proves we can compete on the world stage… and win! Finally, I wish all the teams the best of luck in this year’s Dubai Open. May the best team win!”
 
We are extending our gratitude to all Sponsor’s supporting the 2014 Gold Cup Series:

Emirates NBD Wealth Management 
Emirates NBD Wealth Management Division is very proud to be the main sponsor for the fifth Dubai Polo Gold Cup, which falls in line with our commitment to support important sports activities that are of interest to our clients,” said Saif Al Mansoori, Deputy Head – Group Marketing and Branding, Emirates NBD. “As a leading wealth management specialist in the region, we look after the financial needs of diverse clients from a variety of professional backgrounds and events such as this provide us with the opportunity to network with our valued clientele and remain close to our customers.”

Emirates NBD is a leading banking Group in the region. As at 30th September 2013, total assets were AED 332.3 billion. The Group has a leading retail banking franchise in the UAE, with 210 branches and over 921 ATMs and CDMs in the UAE and overseas. It is a major player in the UAE corporate and retail banking arena and has strong Islamic Banking, Global Markets & Treasury, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Brokerage operations.
 
The Group has operations in the UAE, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Jersey (Channel Islands), and representative offices in India, China and Indonesia.
 The Group is an active participant and supporter of the UAE’s main development initiatives and of the various educational, environmental, cultural, charity and community welfare establishments.
 
Bentley Emirates
Bentley Emirates the Luxury car manufacturer is the title sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2014. As part of the Prestige Cars Division of Al Habtoor, Bentley Emirates have been the sole authorised importer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1982. Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.
 
McLaren Dubai
In support of the sporting spirit of the nation, McLaren Dubai - Al Habtoor Motors is proud to present itself as the title sponsor for Silver Cup of the prestigious Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014. 
 
McLaren Dubai is honoured to have been selected to join the McLaren team. Now we have to match the highest standards in the world – those we share with McLaren – to the highest expectations: those of our discerning customers.
 At McLaren, an unswerving commitment to excellence and innovation underpins everything we do: from performance of the Formula One ™ team on race day, to the ownership experience we offer with our road car, the MP4-12C and the eagerly awaited McLaren P1 Hypercar.
 
The Ybike.com
" The Story Of One Yellow Bike" is a short documentary film produced by Samerai productions and Sahara Productions who are proud to be associated with the prestigious Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2014.
 
The movie ( www.theYbike.com) tells the story of how one yellow bike  travelled from Dubai to the remote village of Abem.  The charity organization, Bicycles for humanity, who are operating on the ground, empowers many  in the developing world with the gift of mobility delivered by a bicycle. The Bicycle Empowerment  Model concept, creates many jobs servicing and supporting the bicycles and we are creating an micro- economies around mobility. Karamoja is a place where time has truly stood still. After 30 years of the  karamojong are now faced with a new life. Their old pastoral life is now shifting to one of living in  communities.
 
Samerai Productions is part of The SAHARA Group (www.thesaharagroup.com)  It creates short movies to raise awareness of good causes in the community. The scripts, production, directing and the whole business of movie-making are funded internally. Any profits made are used to support graduate directors and producers who want to create charity movies and documentaries for themselves.  
 
Dubai Calendar
Dubaicalendar.com is your single, reliable, bi-lingual source for the best events Dubai has to offer throughout the year, helping you plan and make the most of your stay, and making sure there is always a reason to visit and revisit Dubai. Highlighting Dubai’s festivals, exhibitions, cultural and sporting events, dubaicalendar.com is the  official point of reference on events and promotions in Dubai, keeping business and leisure visitors, and residents informed about the multitude of events that the city offers.
 
Dubaicalendar.com is the key information channel managed by Dubai Calendar, an initiative born out of the vision for a more dynamic events industry for the Emirate of Dubai. Part of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Calendar helps bring together the government, consumer and industry to establish Dubai as a world-class events destination. Since its inception, Dubai Calendar has become an enabler for the local community, events industry, tourists and government bodies alike.

DiamondLease
DIAMONDLEASE L.L.C. is a member of the Al Habtoor Group of Companies.
 
Established in 1996, it has emerged as one of the biggest local car rental company in the UAE with a fleet close to 7500 vehicles, at par or bigger than most of the international franchises in the U.A.E. DIAMONDLEASE was the first car rental & leasing company to be awarded the ISO 9002 certification in 1999, and subsequently upgraded to the latest ISO 9001:2008 standards in 2009.
 
DIAMONDLEASE has been a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme since October 2003
 
Diamondlease has a wide network of 16 branches covering Dubai, Dubai International Airport, Habtoor Grand Hotel, Knowledge Village, Dubai Investment Park, Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi (Mussafa), Sharjah, RAK and Fujairah.
 
The company provides 24-hour emergency road side assistance to all its customers.
 Diamondlease operations facility in Dubai Investments Park is the largest and ‘best-in-class’. This facility is built up in a 365,000 square feet prime plot in Dubai Investment Park, Dubai, and has a capacity to service 150 vehicles per day.
 Diamondlease has state-of-the-art website www.diamondlease.com for hassle-free and convenient online reservations and service bookings. Diamondlease is available on Facebook.com and can also be followed on Twitter.
 
We are specialized in long term leasing of vehicles - ranging from small/mid-size saloons, 4-wheel drive SUVs, pick-up trucks and buses. We offer a range of vehicles on Daily, Weekly & Monthly hire that are less than 2 years and 50,000 kms. At Diamondlease, customers have the option of selecting vehicles that meet any type of transportation need at very competitive prices.
 
In recognition of its sound business ethics & outstanding customer service, Diamondlease is the first car rental company to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) since 2003. Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa Travel (MENA) Awards being adjudged the Best Car Rental Company – Local Brand for 7 years in a row starting from 2004.
 
Hildon Water
Hildon is an English Natural Mineral Water which lies deep within the chalk hills of Hampshire, as a result it is of the highest quality. Bottled at its source on the Hildon Estate in Hampshire and Imported from the UK, it is distributed exclusively by Top Shelf Beverages in the region, Hildon Natural Mineral Water is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014.  For more information and to stock Hildon, please contact info@ihs-uae.com or call +971 4 4531782.
 
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Discover an incredible destination, with alluring tranquillity and breath-taking views, just a short drive away from the vibrant city. Marking the debut of the luxurious Waldorf Astoria brand in Dubai, the hotel exudes timeless elegance and brings True Waldorf Service to one of the Middle East’s premier beach front locations.
 
The resort claims an Eastern stretch on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest manmade island, with a private white sand beach and unobstructed sea views.
 
Guests can select from 319 luxury rooms and suites and make the most of six dining and entertainment venues, state of the art meeting facilities, ballroom, glamorous swimming pools, a tennis court, and a 21,530 sqft health club and spa.
 
MEDIA PARTNERS :
 
OK! Middle East
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 (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 guestlist 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.
 
Sport 360 
As the leading sports information and news provider in the Middle East Sport360 is proud to be associated with the Dubai Gold Polo Cup. With its daily newspaper and Weekend edition, Sport360 reaches out to all sports fans in the UAE and provides them with all the latest news and results, as well as key lifestyle and business of sport features. Its daily qualified circulation as issued by BPA Worldwide stands at 36,762 with an estimated 151,000 readers per day enjoy a depth and breadth of content unmatched in the region, which is assembled by a team of specialists in football, cricket, golf, tennis, motorsport, horseracing, sailing, and much more.
Sport360’s digital platforms have also attracted sports enthusiasts from around the GCC and MENA region, thanks to the www.sport360.com website, social media channels and smart phone applications.

Equestrio Arabia
Equestrio Arabia is the media sponsor. EQUESTRIO changed the face of equestrian publishing when it launched in Switzerland in 2003 and set new standards for the genre in terms of quality and content. By showcasing and celebrating the lifestyles surrounding equestrianism in all its forms, while at the same time providing expert and informed editorial illustrated with the finest photography, the title won instant appeal, both at home and abroad.
EQUESTRIO Arabia became the second title in the series when it launched in Dubai. EQUESTRIO France followed in 2006 with EQUESTRIO China and EQUESTRIO Italy taking up the reins in 2008.
Now published in five countries, in five languages, on three continents, EQUESTRIO is to be found at the heart of equestrian communities worldwide. A delicious melange of informed sporting editorial, fine art, luxury travel and lifestyle features.
 
Polo Line
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
Al Badia is proud to be one of the media sponsor. 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 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 and Middle East.

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has been growing by leaps and bounds, and at present is one of the most eagerly awaited polo events in the Middle East.

                                                             
The 2014 Teams :
 
UAE Polo Team
 
Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 0 Goal
Lucas Monterverde 9 Goal
Ollie Cudmore 5 Goal
Tomas Gagliradi 2 Goal
   
Ghantoot Polo Team
   
HH. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 0 Goal
Ali Al Merri 0 Goal
Juan Zubiaurre 4 Goal
Pelayo  Berazadi 4 Goal
Facundo Sola 8 Goal
   
Habtoor Polo Team
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 Goal
Guillermo Cutino 6 Goal
Francisco Elizalde 7 Goal
Santiago Gomes Romero 3 Goal
Marcos Panelo 3 Goal
   
Bin Drai Polo                                                                                                                           
   
Saeed Bin Drai 0 Goal
Tomas Iriarte 4 Goal
Manuel Fernandez Llorente 6 Goal
Raul Laplacette 6 Goal
   
Mahra Polo Team
   
Rashid Habtoor   0 Goal
Guy gibrat 4 Goal
Santiago Cernadas 6 Goal
Nacho Gonzalez 6 Goal
   
Zedan Polo Team 
                                                             
Amr Zedan  0 Goal
Luis Gagliardi 2 Goal
Pelon Stirling 10 Goal
TBA 0 Goal
   
Desert Palm Polo  Team (1)
   
Patron Rashid Al Bawardi 2 Goal
Martin Valent 5 Goal
Facundo Castagnola 6 Goal
Ali Paterson 3 Goal
 
 
 
Desert Palm Polo  Team (2)
   
Tarik Al Bawardi 1 Goal
Alejo Taranco 6 Goal
Matias Machado 4 Goal
Santiago Laborde 5 Goal
   
Abu Dhabi Polo
   
Faris Al Yabhouni 0 Goal
Alfredo Capella 8 goal
Juan Jose Stroni 5 goal
Victorio Monteverde 3 goal
   
Edrees Polo Team
   
Sultan Edrees 0 Goal
Brieuc Rigaux 5 Goal
Max Charlton 6 Goal
Pierre Henri N'Goumou 5 Goal
  
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 Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
Cell: +971 50 256 9791
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
For more information visit: www.dubaipologoldcup.com
 
 

Monday, 16 December 2013

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014

McLaren Cup 2014                                                                          Bentley Emirates, Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2014

* 1st February - 15th February *                                                      * 24th February - 14th March *


Nine International Polo Teams Confirmed for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014:

 # UAE Polo Team ~ Patron  Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bint Rashid Al Maktoum
 
Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 0 Goal
Lucas Monterverde 9 Goal
Ollie Cudmore 5 Goal
Tomas Gagliradi 2 Goal
 
# Ghantoot Polo Team ~ Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

 
 
Ali Al Merri 0 Goal
Juan Zubiaurre 4 Goal
Pelayo  Berazadi 4 Goal
Facundo Sola 8 Goal
 
 
# Habtoor Polo Team ~ Patron Mohammed K Al Habtoor
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 Goal
Guillermo Cutino 6 Goal
Francisco Elizalde 7 Goal
Marcos Panelo 3 Goal
Santiago Gomes Romero 3 Goal

Bin Drai Polo Team ~ Patron Saeed Bin Drai
 
Saeed Bin Drai                            0 Goal
Tomas Iriarte 4 Goal
Manuel Fernandez Llorente 6 Goal
Raul Laplacette 6 Goal

Mahra Polo Team ~ Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
 
Rashid Habtoor 0 Goal
Guy Gibrat 4 Goal
Santiago Cernadas 6 Goal
Nacho Gonzalez 6 Goal
 
# Zedan Polo Team ~ Patron Amr Zedan
 
Amr Zedan 0 Goal
Luis Gagliardi 2 Goal
Felipe Viana 4 Goal
Pelon Stirling 10 Goal

# Desert Palm Polo Team 1 ~ Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
 
Rashid Al Bawardi 2 Goal
Martin Valent 5 Goal
Facundo Castagnola 6 Goal
Ali Paterson 3 Goal

# Desert Palm Polo Team 2 ~ Patron Tarik Al Bawardi
 
Tarik Al Bawardi 1 Goal
Alejo Taranco 6 Goal
Matias Machado 4 Goal
Santiago Laborde 5 Goal

# Abu Dhabi Polo Team ~ Patron Faris Yabhouni
 
Faris Al Yabhouni 0 Goal
Alfredo Capella 8 Goal
Juan Jose Stroni 5 Goal
Victorio Monteverde 3 Goal


 
 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Emirates NBD main sponsor for Dubai Polo Gold Cup



Event held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai
 
Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the region, today announced that its Wealth Management Division would serve as main sponsor for the upcoming 2014 Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, an annual event held in Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind behind Argentina, the US and the UK. To be held for the fifth year in a row, the event will take place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches in Dubai. The series is split into two tournaments beginning with the Silver Cup to be held from February 1 -15, while the Gold Cup will be held from February 24 – March 15, 2014.
 
“The Wealth Management Division is pleased to be the headline sponsor for the fifth Dubai Polo Gold Cup, as this is in line with our commitment to support important sports activities that are of interest to our clients,” said Saif Al Mansoori, Deputy Head – Group Marketing and Branding, Emirates NBD. “Events such as this represent an excellent social setting for our clients to meet and network, while providing us with a platform that enables us to remain close to our customers. As a leading wealth management specialist in the region, we look after the financial needs of diverse clients from a variety of professional backgrounds.  We see this as an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our support for our valued clientele, many of whom are keenly interested in this high profile sport.”
 
“We are honoured to have on board a prominent UAE financial institution such Emirates NBD as our main partner for this event, as this is in keeping with the high profile reputation that the event has acquired in the last five years,” said Mohammed K. Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. “As one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar, the Gold Cup has also been instrumental in establishing Dubai Polo firmly at the forefront of the International polo scene.”
 
First founded in 2009, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts some of the leading VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC. The tournament has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and in 2012, the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT). Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.
 
A total of nine teams will participate in the renowned event, including three new entries this year – the UAE Polo Team, in which the patron is HRH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and Desert Palm 1 and 2, owned by Ali Al Bawardy. In addition, HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Patron of Ghantoot Polo, will return to the ‘Sport for kings.’ Sheikh Falah has had a break from the sport for several years, but in 2014 he will mark his comeback in the Dubai Gold Cup Series.
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About Emirates NBD:
Emirates NBD is a leading banking Group in the region. As at 30th September 2013, total assets were AED 332.3 billion. The Group has a leading retail banking franchise in the UAE, with 210 branches and over 921 ATMs and CDMs in the UAE and overseas.  It is a major player in the UAE corporate and retail banking arena and has strong Islamic Banking, Global Markets & Treasury, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Brokerage operations.
The Group has operations in the UAE, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Jersey (Channel Islands), and representative offices in India, China and Indonesia.
The Group is an active participant and supporter of the UAE’s main development initiatives and of the various educational, environmental, cultural, charity and community welfare establishments.

خبر صحفي:
 
بنك "الإمارات دبي الوطني" الراعي الرئيسي لكأس دبي الذهبي للبولو
الحدث يقام تحت رعاية كريمة من سمو الشيخ مكتوم بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، نائب حاكم دبي
 
دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، xx نوفمبر 2013: أعلن بنك "الإمارات دبي الوطني"، البنك الرائد في منطقة الشرق الأوسط، اليوم عن مشاركة الخدمات المصرفية الخاصة التابعة للبنك كراعٍ رئيسي لكأس دبي الذهبي للبولو 2014، الحدث السنوي الرائد الذي يقام في دبي، برعاية كريمة من سمو الشيخ مكتوم بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، نائب حاكم دبي.
 
وتعتبر سلسلة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو البطولة الرابعة الأكبر من نوعها بعد البطولات المماثلة التي تقام في الأرجنتين والولايات المتحدة والمملكة المتحدة. وسيعقد هذا الحدث الرياضي المميز للعام الخامس على التوالي في نادي دبي للبولو والفروسية في منطقة المرابع العربية. وتنقسم هذه السلسلة إلى بطولتين، حيث تجري فعاليات الكأس الفضي في الفترة من 1 فبراير - 15 فبراير، في حين يتم تنظيم بطولة الكأس الذهبي في الفترة من 24 فبراير - 15 مارس 2014.
 
وبهذه المناسبة، قال سيف المنصوري، نائب الرئيس، التسويق والعلامة التجارية لمجموعة "الإمارات دبي الوطني": "يسر الخدمات المصرفية الخاصة أن تكون الراعي الرسمي لكأس دبي الذهبي للبولو، وذلك من منطلق التزامنا بدعم الأنشطة الرياضية المميزة التي تحظى باهتمام ومتابعة عملائنا. وتمثل هذه الفعاليات منطلقاً اجتماعياً نموذجياً للقاء والتواصل بين العملاء، بالتزامن مع منحنا فرصة تفعيل تواصلنا معهم. وانطلاقاً من مكانتنا كمؤسسة رائدة في إدارة الثروات في المنطقة، نتطلع باستمرار نحو تلبية مختلف الاحتياجات والخدمات المصرفية للعملاء على اختلاف توجهاتهم المهنية. كما أننا نرى في هذا الحدث فرصة مثالية لإظهار دعمنا لعملائنا، الذين يهتم الكثير منهم بهذه الرياضة الرائعة".
 
ومن جهته، قال محمد خلف الحبتور، رئيس اللجنة المنظمة لسلسلة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو: "يشرفنا التعاون مع مؤسسة مالية بارزة مثل بنك ’الإمارات دبي الوطني‘ كشريك رسمي لهذا الحدث، وهذا ما يتناسب مع السمعة الرفيعة التي اكتسبها هذا الحدث المميز في السنوات الماضية. ويعتبر كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو واحداً من أهم الأحداث المرموقة في بطولات رياضة البولو على الصعيد العالمي، وله دور حاسم في ترسيخ نادي دبي للبولو ووجوده على خارطة هذه الرياضة العالمية".
 
وقد انطلقت بطولة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو لأول مرة في عام 2009، وتعتبر الحدث الأبرز لمسابقات رياضة البولو في المنطقة، حيث تجذب كبار الشخصيات وأهم شخصيات المجتمع، وكبار المسؤولين التنفيذيين في الشركات من جميع أنحاء دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي. وشهدت هذه البطولة تطوراً كبيراً جنباً إلى جنب مع التطور الذي حققته مدينة دبي، وفي عام 2012، أصبحت هذه البطولة ضمن جولة البولو العالمية (WPT). وستُلعب بطولة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو تحت راية رابطة هرلينغام للبولو (HPA)، ووفقاً لقواعدها، كما سيدار التحكيم تحت إشراف دولي صارم من قبل (HPA).
 
ويشارك في هذه البطولة تسعة فرق من بينها ثلاثة فرق تشارك للمرة الأولى، وهي فريق الإمارات العربية المتحدة للبولو بقيادة سمو الشيخة ميثاء بنت محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، وفرق ديزرت بالم 1 و2 بقيادة علي البواردي. وبالإضافة إلى هذا، ستشهد البطولة عودة فريق غنتوت بولو بقيادة سمو الشيخ فلاح بن زايد آل نهيان إلى "رياضة الملوك"، بعد أن استراح سموه لبضعة سنوات، ليعود في نسخة العام 2014 ويضيف بصمة مميزة لكأس دبي الذهبي للبولو.
- انتهى -
 
عن مجموعة "الإمارات دبي الوطني":
بنك الإمارات دبي الوطني هو مجموعة مصرفية رائدة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.  كما في 31 سبتمبر 2013 بلغ مجموع أصول المجموعة 332.3 مليار درهم وتقوم المجموعة بتقديم أعمال مصرفية رائدة للأفراد في الدولة من خلال شبكة فروعها التي تتجاوز الـ 210 فرعاً إضافة الى ما يزيد عن 921 جهاز صراف آلي وجهاز إيداع فوري. وتعتبر المجموعة اللاعب الرئيسي في مجال الأعمال المصرفية للشركات في الدولة وتقوم بتقديم الأعمال المصرفية الإسلامية والأسواق العالمية والخزينة والاستثمارية والخاصة وإدارة الأصول وعمليات الوساطة.
 
وتعمل المجموعة في الامارات العربية المتحدة والمملكة العربية السعودية وقطر وسنغافورة والمملكة المتحدة وجزيرة جيرسي ولديها مكاتب تمثيلية في الهند وإيران والصين.
 
وتعتبر المجموعة من أكثر المؤسسات نشاطاً في المشاركة بأهم مبادرات التطوير والانماء في دولة الامارات العربية المتحدة كما أنها تقوم بدعم مختلف المؤسسات التعليمية والبيئية والثقافية والخيرية والاجتماعية.
 
 
 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 in its Fifth Year of Success

Release Date: Wednesday, 6th November 2013
 
 
 
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 (Dubai Open) 16 Goal Handicap is the most prestigious international polo tournament in the in Middle East, Asia and Africa. The premier polo competition of the year involves the world's best polo teams and players battling it out to win the cup.
 
This is the fifth year in a row that the much anticipated event will be held. It takes place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches in Dubai. 
The tournament has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and has quickly gained popularity and found its place on the Polo world stage. In 2012 the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT).

With its exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour, it has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar. It’s also one of the most important annual tournaments in the region and always attracts a high profile crowd.
As always the Dubai Polo Gold Cup series promises the very best in sportsmanship, entertainment of the highest level and an atmosphere unlike any other polo event.
 
The series is split into two tournaments that will start next year with the Silver Cup, beginning 1st February  and ending 15th February 2014. The Gold Cup will commence on 24th February  and will end on 14th March 2014.

Nine teams have confirmed their participation in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014:

§  Habtoor Polo Team ~ Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
§  UAE Polo Team ~ Patron  Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bint Rashid Al Maktoum
§  Ghantoot Polo Team ~ Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
§  Bin Drai Polo Team ~ Patron Saeed Bin Drai
§  Mahra Polo ~ Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
§  Abu Dhabi Polo Team ~ Patron Faris Yabhouni
§  Zedan Polo Team ~ Patron Amr Zedan
§  Desert Palm Polo Team 1 ~ Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
§  Desert Palm Polo Team 2 ~ Patron Tarik Al Bawardi
 
About Dubai Polo Gold Cup
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup was founded in 2009 , by Mohammed K Al Habtoor and it’s now a series of the two premier Polo events in the Middle East. 

Quote from Mohammed K Al Habtoor :
      “Although DPGC tournament is organized here in Dubai, it is recognized internationally! Our tournament brings Polo to life in this region and each year we succeed in having the highest played handicap tournament in the Middle East, Africa and Asia”.

Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.

We are putting Dubai Polo at the forefront of International scene.
 
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Sunday, 05 May 2013

Present & Future of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014
Release Date: Thursday, 2nd May 2013
 
 
Present & Future of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

With its exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour, it has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar and also one of the most important annual tournaments in the region and always attracts a high profile crowd.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013 came to an end last 15th March 2013. This year the teams were completely different, with a handicap increased to 16 goals, all the teams had good players and it was a very competitive tournament. In the great final, Ghantoot Polo Team won the Gold Cup 2013 and Habtoor Polo won Silver Cup 2013. 


Dubai Polo Gold Cup organization managed to put all the patrons together to get a fair competition and fair play with everyone.
 
For the next season “2014” the tournament will be 16 goal handicap. And for “2015”, we will increase the handicap from 16 to 18 goal, to target the highest handicapped tournament in Asia and Africa. Our tournament is getting bigger and our objective is to reach the maximum goal handicap of an International polo tournament.


Dubai Polo Gold Cup series has been growing by leaps and bounds, and at present is one of the most eagerly awaited polo events in the Middle East.
 

الحاضر والمستقبل في سلسلة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو
 
تحت رعاية كريمة من صاحب السمو الشيخ مكتوم  بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم ، نائب حاكم دبي.
تمتزج الروح الرياضية والتألق مع الإثارة في كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو كواحدة من أكبر وأكثر البطولات السنوية المرموقة أهمية في المنطقة وتستقطب جماهير غفيرة وشخصيات عالمية من جميع أنحاء العالم.
كانت بطولة هذا العام  والتي إنتهت في 15 مارس 2013 مختلفة من خلال مشاركة فرق عالمية ومحلية على أعلى مستويات اللعبة بنسبة هاندكاب أكثر من 16 جول. وقد شارك نخبة من أفضل لاعبي الإمارات والعالم في مباريات غاية في الإثارة حتى النهائي الرائع حيث فاز فريق غنتوت للبولو ببطولة الكأس الذهبية والحبتور ببطولة الكأس الفضي للعام 2013.
وقد أضاف حسن تنظيم البطولة والرعاة إى نجاح الحدث بالإضافة إلى اللعب النزيه والمنافسة العادلة من الجميع.
وسوف تكون بطولة العام القادم موسم 2014 بنسبة  هاندكاب 16 جول ، وبطولة 2015 سيزيد مستوى الهاندكاب من 16 جول إلى 18 جول لتصل إلى أعلى نسبة هاندكاب لبطولات البولو في آسيا وأفريقيا. وهدفنا هو أن تصل بطولة كأس دبي الذهبي إلى أعلى مستويات الهاند كاب على مستوى العالم.
بطولات كأس دبي للبولو تتطور بطريقة مذهلة ومتزنة وتعد الآن واحدة من الأحداث الكبرى وينتظرها متابعي اللعبة في الشرق الأوسط والعالم بفارغ الصبر.
 

Thursday, 02 May 2013

Ghantoot crowned Dubai Polo Gold Cup champion

Bin Drai took the Subsidiary Trophy


Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club took home their biggest scalp of the season on Friday, 15th March, 2013 when they wrestled the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series away from defending champions and hosts, Habtoor Polo in a 14-6 victory at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup is considered one of the sport's biggest titles in the region and is the concluding tournament in a series that also includes the Dubai Silver Cup.
Habtoor, the defending champions and 2013 Dubai Silver Cup holders, began the match as justifiable favourites, having defeated the Royal Abu Dhabi club 8-7 in golden goal extra time in the preliminaries.

Yet, Ghantoot held firm over the home side prior to this match after orchestrating a 9-7 victory over Habtoor in a charity match at Ghantoot last month.
Ghantoot made their way into the final following a 10-5 semi-final win over today’s subsidiary final winners, Bin Drai Polo, but did weather two scares after suffering another defeat, also by golden goal, at the hands of capital city rivals, Abu Dhabi Polo, before the knock-out stages.

Ghantoot finished the first chukker with a single goal lead for a 2-1 scoreline. By the end of the second period, Ghantoot had doubled their goal tally, to lead 4-2.
The third period proved rich pickings for a dominant Ghantoot, with the side’s top goalscorer, Facundo Sola, Pelayo Berazadi and Juan Zubiaurre all getting onto the scoreboard, which read 9-3 by the time the claxon went.

Habtoor, never a team to underestimate no matter the scoreline, executed a revival in the fourth period of this five-chukker final, with Ezequiel Martinez scoring twice to bring his side’s haul to five. Anyway, Ghantoot had another ideas in mind. Leading 9-5 by that time, goals came one after another, courtesy of Facu Sola, Juan Zubiaurre, Pelayo Berazadi and Ali Al Merri, so by the time they entered the fifth and last chukka, Ghantoot was leading by a comfortable 13-5.

But the visitors could taste victory and a flurry of fast-paced play late in the period saw three more Ghantoot goals. Then an angled strike from Emirati player, Ali Al Merri, seconds before the end of the chukker brought the score to 13-5 in favour of Ghantoot and left Habtoor facing an uphill battle to save the championship in the fifth and final period.
It wasn’t to be Habtoor’s day. Sola notched again in the fifth period and the best the hosts could muster at that late stage was a consolation goal from Guillermo Cuitino to see out the game 14-6 to Ghantoot.

The Ghantoot players embraced on the field following the conclusion of the match and Al Merri was lifted high on the shoulders of Ghantoot’s jubilant travelling fans.
“It’s a great feeling to have won this tournament,” he said. “It has been a principle focus of ours since the start of the season and to achieve such an important goal is incredibly gratifying as a team.

“We did not have the smoothest progression throughout this tournament, but we survived to the final and the produced our best polo on the day and that’s really what matters. Habtoor are a very tough team and, as you can see from all our past meetings, the results are always very close when we play each other.”
HE Saeed Bin Houfan Al Mansouri, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club Vice Chairman said the club was now focusing on Ghantoot’s biggest tournament of the season, the HH President’s Cup, which starts on March 24.

“Congratulations to the players and staff at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club,” he said. “This victory has come as the result of a lot of hard work and it’s pleasing to see that this has earned us real rewards. Now we focus on hosting the H.H. President of UAE Polo Cup 2013 where no doubt we will be treated to more fast-paced and exciting polo.”

FACUNDO SOLA
We're very happy, we played very good and we had a great season. It's a big opportunity for me to play in such a team like Ghantoot.
We never expected a game like this. The match started a bit slow, and I told the boys to take it easy, have patience, and fortunately, we could play as we wanted to; we also have luck and take advantage of our goals.
 
JUAN ZUBIAURRE
This is a big team effort and we had our rewards. We played a great match and everything went as planned. We never lost concentration, that's why we played match and take such big differences, you lose concentration, but it didn't happen so good and give everything until the last chukka. Usually, when you control the to us. We were strong enough and retain our level.
We had many previous talks about this match with Hugo Barabucci and Oscar Colombres. All of us did a great previous work, and we could apply that on the field.
It's been such a great experience to come to Dubai to play the Gold Cup, and win it.
 
PELAYO BERAZADI
It's been such a fantastic tournament, and we're so happy to have won the Gold Cup. We already played very well against Bin Drai, and we were confident that we could win this match.  Yes, we took a huge advantage, but it was a bit difficult, as well, we had to work hard.
 

Thursday, 02 May 2013

Habtoor win Silver Cup



Defeated Abu Dhabi in extra chukka in thrilling match
Ghantoot took the Subsidiary Cup
February 16, 2013
 
Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario scored the winning goal in extra chukka to give Habtoor a 10-9 win over Abu Dhabi and the title of the Silver Cup, following a very tight final that took place at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
 
Abu Dhabi opened the scores in the first chukka, but the reply from Habtoor came quickly, to take a 2-1 lead, with goals by Guillermo Cuitilo and Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario. Following a goal by Juan José Storni to tie 2-2, Habtoor's attack broke down their rival's defense, and finish the first chukka with a 3-2 lead.
 
Habtoor put much pressure on Abu Dhabi during the second chukka, but Faris Al Yabhouni's team made a comeback in the second chukka, when the scores were leveled at 6-all.
 
A very tough fourth chukka followed, as both teams put on a fantastic offensive work, despite Habtoor had a slight advantage. With a minute remaining, Habtoor was leading 9-8, but that was when Abu Dhabi scored to send the match into extra chukka.
 
Within a minute in extra chukka, Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario picks a missing ball, and run to the goalposts, to score the goal that gave Mohammed Al Habtoor's team not only the 10-9 win, but also the title of the Silver Cup,
 
Prior to the final, Ghantoot met Bin Drai to play for the Subsidiary. Ali Al Merri's foursome took control of the match and the score, led by a fantastic Facundo Sola, and won 6-2,5. Bin Drai had Nito Uranga filling in for Salvador Ulloa.
 
The award ceremony, led by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario was named MVP Pro, while the MVP Amateur Award went to Faris Al Yabhouni. Overa took BPP honors.
 
MOHAMMED AL HABTOOR
 
After four years we finally won the Silver Cup. We worked really hard today, I thought we would beat them by around two goals, but they made a good comeback and put some pressure on us. But we did our best and we deserved to win, we worked hard as well as we'd been in the lead most of the match.
 
This is the fourth game we won in extra chukka, but I've always had the feelings that we were going to win. It was a tough game and in the fifth chukka they had the chance to win it, but  they missed a goal but fortunately I was behing and put the ball off the goal line. When Ezequiel scored the goal it was really amazing, I couldn´t belive we finally won the Silver Cup
 
EZEQUIEL MARTINEZ FERRARIO
 
It was really hard, it was just pure heart. We won all four games in extra chukka, but that was it, we won, and we are happy to take the Silver Cup. But this is how games are. The most important thing is that we all get along really well in the team, and that works very good in all the matches. I can't tell how happy I was when I saw I scored the winning goal!!!!
 
It was a very strange match; we took the lead at first, but we failed in the next chukkas. Fortunately, we could win in overtime. I guess we have moments when we lose concentration, but I can tell you that won't happen in the Gold Cup. For sure we will play the next competition much more relaxed, but we still are looking much forward to win the Gold Cup.
 

Tuesday, 01 January 2013

Dates and Teams confirmed for Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013

Silver Cup – 2nd to 15th February, 2013
Gold Cup – 25th February to 15th March 2013

Habtoor Polo Team, winner of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2012 with Ignacio Acuña, Mohammed K. Habtoor, Guillermo Cuitino and Francisco Elizalde.

Despite the 2012 polo season far from having ended, in fact, the most important stages of Argentina’s Triple Crown remain, but several clubs from around the world are already organizing their calendars for 2013.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is gradually shaping up as we head towards the 2013 edition, which as usual will feature its two traditional competitions, the Silver and Gold Cups that will take place between February and March at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. This event has been growing by leaps and bounds, and at present is one of the most eagerly awaited polo events in the Middle East.

An impeccable organization in addition to the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series’ growth has enabled its most important tournament (the Gold Cup) to enter the World Polo Tour within the Challenge Cup category. The certificate of entry was presented by the international polo ranking representatives last March after the tournament concluded.

"Dubai is the ideal place. Everyone wants to come here", mentioned Mohammed Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, in an interview with PoloLine during the 2012 Gold Cup. "The tournament has increasingly improved since we first started a couple of years ago. Back then, it was a 12-goal competition, but the latest edition featured 15-goal teams, so everybody brought their best horses from Argentina, England and the Middle East". Both the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series and the 26-goal exhibition held every year at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club (the first of its kind in the Middle East), have undoubtedly given the region a huge boost, which does nothing but improve the level of polo ponies, fields and players, who in turn consider this event to be a great opportunity to take their career to an international level.

As regards the upcoming Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013, six teams up to 16-goals have been confirmed up to now - another step towards fulfilling one of the series’ objectives, that is, to have 18-goal teams participate:

 

  • Zedan Polo Team ~ Patron Amr Zedan
  • Habtoor Polo Team ~ Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
  • Bin Drai Polo Team ~ Patron Saeed Bin Drai
  • Mahra Polo ~ Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
  • Abu Dhabi Polo Team ~ Patron Faris Yabhouni
  • Ghantoot Polo Team ~ Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

 

More teams are expected to participate in 2013 which will be announced soon by the organizer.

About Dubai Polo Gold Cup

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup was founded in 2009 by an independent committee of polo players, esteemed members of the UAE business and people with a passion for polo and sport in order to further advance the development of polo in the United Arab Emirates and wider region.

Under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.

 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series returns

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup organizers have announced that, following its success in previous years, the annual Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series will be returning this season for the third time.

The event which includes the Silver Cup, from February 3 to 17 2012, and the Gold Cup, from February 24 to March 9, 2012, promises to be bigger than ever with both local and international teams contesting the trophy.

As on other occasions it will take place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club and as usual it promises a great day out with parades, prize-giving sessions and more.

Part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is also the 5th Mitsubishi Beach Polo match which takes place on December 28 and 29 in Dubai at Habtoor Grand Resort, 2011. This is one of the most prestigious beach polo events in the world and it too is set to be even better this year, attracting some of the biggest international players and drawing a high profile, glamorous crowd.

 

Friday, 09 March 2012

Habtoor Polo Wins The KBL Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2012



Beat Bin Drai in a big final
March 9, 2012

Mohammed’s Al Habtoor team won The KBL Dubai Polo Gold Cup by defeating Bin Drai by six goals to five after a fantastic game. The Subsidiary Cup was won by Abu Dhabi who defeated Mahra by seven goals to five.
With their intensity increasing match by match during the tournament, Habtoor Polo showed today their fantastic skills in a tough final against Bin Drai that gave them the championship.
The meeting of Habtoor and Bin Drai was very balanced, in a very tough match that showed a 2-all in the first chukker of play. Habtoor Polo took control of the match in the second chukker, and went to a 5-2 lead in the third period.
 
Bin Drai made a spectacular comeback in the fourth chukker, with three unanswered goals, including a great shot by Juan José Brané, which leveled the score at 5-all with only 30 seconds to go in regulation time.
 
That was when Habtoor's lethal weapon, Guillermo Cuitiño, the tournament's top scorer ran to the goalposts, and with only two seconds remaining, scored the goal that secured the Gold Cup for Mohammed Al Habtoor and his boys.
 
Habtoor's Ignacio Acuña was named MVP, and Crack, owned by Mohammed Al Habtoor and played by Francisco Elizalde, took BPP honors.
 
Abu Dhabi takes Subsidiary Cup
 
Prior to the Gold Cup final, Abu Dhabi met Mahra to play the match for the Subsidiary Trophy.
 
Mahra took a 2-0 advantage in the first chukker, but Abu Dhabi made a comeback, scoring four consecutive goals, to a 4-2 lead.
 
Mahra went back to the lead in the third chukker, 5-4, but Abu Dhabi decided the match in the last chukker, to win 7-5.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor
 
I still can't believe it, for three years, I tried and I tried, and here it is, the results of hard work for the team and the horses I bought to win this tournament. All the players put their heart into this tournament, it's really great.
 
About the match, I can tell you that we made a couple of mistakes when we were leading 5-3. But I knew we were ready to play an extra chukker, because we had our best horses ready for it. We were lucky; Guillermo scored the winning goal with only two seconds to go. It was fantastic, the only thing I could do in that moment was go to the ponyline, take the flag and run like crazy!!!!
 
Guillermo Cuitiño has been playing with us for the last three years, both in England and Dubai. He is a person who lives polo, it is his passion. He supported me and the tournament, and helped the team a lot. I trust him when he gives me an advice about horses. About John Horswell, he's been a great help for us, he did everything to organize us as a team, and made sure that everyone of us knew exactly what to do.
 
 
Thanks to the live broadcast by PoloLine TV, my friends in California woke up a 3am just to watch the match. They sent me photos and messages telling me they were watching the match through PoloLine TV, which is great for people who want to see polo and they can't travel for many reasons. And my message is to thank all the people who came to see the tournament, not only because my team plays but also because they are showing interest in Dubai and the polo of the Dubai Gold Cup. We're planning next year's tournament, that will be at 16-goal. It's only one goal, but it's a lot for us, because we want to have players like Nachi Heguy, who give a higher level to this tournament.
 
Now we're about to organize with Guillermo to play a couple of 15, 18 goal tournament in England, I will decide which ones in the next two weeks. I will organize the team with Guillermo, Fran (Elizalde), and a 1-goaler.
 
Guillermo Cuitiño
 
It's great to have won this tournament, it's the third year we played, and we never could win it; now, we finally did it. The first thing I thought when I scored the winning goal in OT was in my kids, my family. I'm very happy, for me it was one of the happiest moments in my life.
 
About the match, we did know that Bin Drai was going to be hard, that this game was not going to be that easy. I think we've been lucky. And I am very thankful to Mohammed, who always believed in me, who supported me, followed my advice and trusted me enough to let me choose the players to form the team. It was a lot of work to choose the players, the horses, but we are happy, we got it.
 
Now, we're going to England with Mohammed, to play 18-goal. I hope we can go to St. Tropez, so Mohammed, if you see it; we can go to St. Tropez. Oh, but definitely, we're going to England to represent Habtoor once again.
 
This tournament means everything to Mohammed, he had worked hard during three years to make a big competition as the Gold Cup is, and now he had his reward. His idea is making the Gold Cup as one of the world's best tournaments.
 
 

Monday, 18 April 2011

Six of the top polo players in the world to play in Dubai at the first ever High Goal Exhibition mat

At the invitation of Habtoor Polo, six of the most famous polo players in the world will be playing at the 26-handicap High Goal Exhibition polo match, which takes place for the first time ever in the Middle East at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club on April 22, 2011.

Julio Novillo Astrada, Miguel Novillo Astrada, Javier Novillo Astrada, Ignacio Novillo Astrada, Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Eduardo Novillo Astrada are all members of the famous Novillo Astrada dynasty which includes nine brothers, all of whom are renowned for their unequalled prowess at polo.

The Argentinean family is considered one of the top five polo teams in the world and has played in Argentina, the United Kingdom and the United States. This will be the first time they compete in Dubai.

All six are the sons of the acclaimed polo player Julio Novillo Astrada, who founded the La Aguada polo club, which holds the record as being only the fourth team in history to have ever won three titles in the same season. It also won the Argentine Republic Cup in 1990 and the First Open of Pilar that same year; as well as making it to the finals of the Chapaleufu in the Jockey Club Open.

The High Goal Exhibition will be the finale of the Dubai 2011 Polo season, organised by the Dubai Polo Gold Cup series, and will feature Habtoor Polo, of which Mohammed Al Habtoor is the patron, and the Dubai Falcons, headed by Saeed Bin Drai.

The event begins at 1600hrs on April 22, 2011 and promises to be a match to be remembered.

 

Monday, 14 March 2011

Abu Dhabi win the Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2011


Mon 14th Mar 2011
Abu Dhabi defeat Dubai Falcons in final of Threadneedle Gold Cup on Friday

Abu Dhabi Polo lifted the 2nd Threadneedle Dubai Gold Cup held at the Dubai Polo and Equestrain Club on Friday.
In a thrilling final, Abu Dhabi beat Dubai Falcons 9-7 on Friday, claiming the Threadneedle Gold Cup at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

Abu Dhabi’s Facundo Sola scored eight goals for his team and was named most valuable player while his mare Horminga was awarded the best playing pony prize. Abu Dhabi made a positive start taking a strong 3-1 lead in the first chukka.
 
Saeed Bin Drai’s Dubai Falcons put in a strong performance, matching Abu Dhabi’s score at the end of the second chukka, 3-3. The Falcons bounced back in the second chukka to level with their opponents at 4-4 after Ulloa scored twice more and Mario Gomez struck once. Oscar Colombres’ goal was the only one Abu Dhabi scored during that period.

In the third chukka, Sola struck twice and Ulloa and Gomez struck once each to ensure their teams were locked at 6-6. However, three goals by Sola in the final chukka with the match heading towards a close finish, Sola put on a brilliant performance as he led his team to an unbelievable victory scoring three goals to seal the title for Abu Dhabi.
Sola was adjudged the Player of the Tournament while his horse Hormiga was declared the Best Horse.
 
In the subsidiary final, Ghantoot beat DCC Sumaya 8-7.
 

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club Confirm Team for Polo Gold Cup

Ghantoot Polo Club has today confirmed its participation in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2010. Under the visionary chairmanship of Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates is rapidly carving a distinct niche for itself on the world polo circuit, with Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club leading the way.

 

Monday, 07 September 2009

Habtoor Polo Enter Gold Cup

Habtoor Polo confirmed their participation in the inaugural Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2010 today. The first Dubai team to register and recent quarter finalists of the 2009 Queens Cup in England are sure to put on a great show of force on their home turf.

Known for their passion and dedication in putting polo on the calendar at home and abroad the Habtoor team will be a team to watch out for.


About Habtoor Polo

Since they met in March 2000, The Brothers Al Habtoor and Justo del Carril have been playing polo together and working to build what today can be recognized as a serious polo organisation. Del Carril had been playing professional polo since the age of 23 around the world.

Habtoor Polo consists of over 40 horses, mostly from Argentina, taken care by a head groom, also from Argentina, Luis Vignolles, and 8 grooms, Luis is a polo pony trainer, so in charge of the horses since they are made, traveling with them to Dubai, and heading the barn operations whilst in the UAE. Although the head polo barn is in Dubai Polo Club at Arabian Ranches, the team trailers the horses between the other three polo clubs of the UAE, Desert Palm Polo Club, Plantation and Ghantoot, to play the best possible polo available.

This is also achieved by hiring other professional polo players, such as Fernando Pipi Bourdieu, 6-goal player from Argentina, who played exclusively for the Habtoor Polo Team during the 2007 polo season. Pipi also plays international professional Tournament when not in Dubai, such as in Singapore, Pakistan, Spain and France.

Del Carril has also accompanied The Brothers Al Habtoor to play polo around the world, hiring high goal players such as Alejandro Piki Diaz Alberdi to play 22 goal tournament in the Melbourne Polo Club, the Cartier Polo in Dubai with Adolfo Cambiaso and Lolo Castagnola, Guards Polo Club with Peter Webb and Ryan Pemble and then on to play snow polo in Austria. Rashid has also played in St. Tropez and Paris, at the Chantilly Polo Club.

The Al Habtoor Farm in Al Khawaneej, Dubai is undergoing massive reconstruction to accommodate the polo playing need of the family, with a brand new 50 horse stable, polo field, tennis court, guest houses and a lake, and pastures to turnout the horses during the off season.

 
 

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