Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Mahra wins the Polo Masters Cup


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

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

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

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

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

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

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









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


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

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

Monday, 13 February 2017

​Bin Drai wins the last qualifying match





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

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

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

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


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

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














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

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

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

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


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

Friday, 10 February 2017

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


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

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

Thursday, 09 February 2017

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

 



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

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

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

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

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


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

Wednesday, 08 February 2017

Victories of Mahra and Wolves in the opening matches of the Polo Masters Cup


7th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE - By Gonzalo Etcheverry:  The Polo Masters Cup, the second trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, began today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.

Mahra Polo and Wolves won the opening matches of this tournament with 5 teams up to 14 goal handicap taking part.

Mahra defeated Habtoor Polo by 9 goals to 8 in a thrilling and tough match and Wolves, with a great team work achieved a deserved victory against Bangash by 8 goals to 5.

Guillermo Cuitiño (Habtoor Polo) was the top scorer in the first match with 5 goals and Isidro Strada (Wolves) also with 5 goals, the top scorer in Wolves triumph.

Matches progression:
Mahra: 3-2/ 5-3/ 7-6/ 9-8

Wolves: 1-1/ 4-1/ 6-2/ 8-5

The Masters Cup will continue next Thursday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with one single match between Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai from 4pm.
 

Monday, 06 February 2017

2017 Julius Baer Gold Cup makes its debut at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club



6 February 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private bank, inaugurated the 2017 Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open) during the press conference held today at The St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City in the Astor Ballroom. The UAE’s premier polo tournament will take place between 18 February and 10 March, 2017.  For the third consecutive time, Julius Baer is the title sponsor for the Dubai Gold Cup 2017, part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. The Swiss bank is also the team sponsor for Julius Baer Team by Habtoor. The highly-anticipated event will be held at its new home ground at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Dubai’s first luxury polo and equestrian community located in Dubailand.
 
Founder of Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series Mohammed Al Habtoor was joined by Cesar Ruiz Guinazu, Polo Director, Daniel Ph. Savary, Julius Baer’s Global Head of Middle East and Africa; Joe Rogan, Prestige Director, Al Habtoor Motors (Bentley Emirates); Shaz Peshimam, Senior Manager, Dubai and Northern Emirates for Emirates Airline; and Rainer Kern, Director of Communications from German watchmakers Moritz Grossmann - the official timekeeper of the tournament.
 
Highlighting the importance of the tournament on the sports agenda, a total of nine teams will vie for this year’s title, including UAE Polo Team led by Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. A live draw was conducted to determine the order of play, after which Cesar Ruiz, Polo Director of the Julius Baer Gold Cup, announced the tournament fixtures in the presence of sponsors, team patrons, players and the media.
 
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, the Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18 goal handicap competition, is part of the Gold Cup Series. Played under HPA rules and in its eighth edition, the tournament is the highest handicapped tournament in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide. The event has drawn over 20,000 visitors since its launch in 2010.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor said, “This year we are more excited than ever about the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series as it is being played at its new, permanent home ground – the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. This world-class equestrian resort provides enviable facilities for competitors and spectators."
 
Daniel Ph. Savary, Global Head of Middle East and Africa at Bank Julius Baer said, “We are very excited to support this prestigious tournament that has firmly established itself as the foremost polo competition in the region. Polo perfectly embodies a commitment to exceptional quality and a heritage of excellence – values that we look to bring to our clients every day. We wish the competing teams all the success and a great show for the fans.”
 
Emirates airline, the official airline sponsor for the first time, said, “As the official partner and Airline of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, we hope that together, we can support Dubai to become a first class destination for Polo enthusiasts around the world, and further reinforce Dubai’s reputation as a premier hub for equestrian sports and events.”   
 
Joe Rogan, Prestige Director – Al Habtoor Motors commented, “This will be our sixth consecutive year that we have sponsored this prestigious event and we are very proud to do so, as we believe there is no partnership more synonymous with luxury and performance than the sport of Polo and the Bentley Brand. We find this event a great platform for our brand and the Gold Cup gives us a fantastic opportunity to engage with old and new customers.”
 
Matthew McCartin, SVP of Global Marketing, USPA Global Licensing Inc. said, “We are excited to participate as the official apparel supplier for the Julius Baer Gold Cup in Dubai and connect our licensees with polo in their respective markets. This allows us to bring polo full circle on a global spectrum, both brand and sport.”
 
Winners of the 2017 Julius Baer Gold Cup will be awarded with iconic timepieces worth half a million dirhams, while Subsidiary Cup winners will receive a Bentley car for the period of one month.
 
Participating teams:
·         UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
·         Julius Baer Team by Habtoor - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
·         Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
·         Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
·         Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai
·         Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan
·         Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni
·         Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq Albwardy
·         Bangash Polo Team - Haider Bangash
 
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About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground - The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.
 
 
GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. At the end of December 2016, assets under management amounted to CHF 336 billion. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and are included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.
 
Julius Baer employs a staff of over 6,000, including close to 1,400 relationship managers, and is present in over 25 countries and more than 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on a unique open product platform, our very strong financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in private banking.
 
For more information, visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com 
 
SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR
Bentley Emirates
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2017.
 
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has recently opened the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also host one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina.
 
Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.
 
For more information, visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com
 
Official Time Keeper
Moritz Grossmann Uhren 

Moritz Grossmann, 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.  


www.grossmann-uhren.com

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 05 February 2017

UAE Polo Team wins the McLaren Cup



4th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE. Text and image by Gonzalo Etcheverry:  UAE Polo team is the new champion of the McLaren Cup, first trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, after defeating Desert Palm by 8.5 goals to 8 in the final held this afternoon the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.

In a very tough and even match, the half goal difference (granted by handicap), was vital for UAE Polo to claim the third trophy in a row.
HH Sheika Maitha team won the Gold Cup in 2016, the Presidents Cup this year at Ghantoot and now the McLaren Cup.

Team made up by Ali Al Merri, Jack Hyde, Matías Benoit and Guillermo Terrera fought hard till the very end against Desert Palm to achieve the victory.

Patron Tarek Albwardy, along with Martín Valent, Alejo Taranco and Santiago Laborde didn´t make things easy to UAE Polo and were really close to take away the game.

In addition to the result, the top scorers of the match also prove how even was the game with Matías Benoit and Guillermo Terrera for UAE and Martín Valent and Santiago Laborde in Desert Palm scoring 3 goals each.

Terrera was the MVP of the match and Jessica, owned by Ghantoot Polo and played by Terrera in the 4th chukker, was the best playing pony.

The top scorer of the McLaren Cup was Alejo Taranco (Desert Palm) with 23 goals and Ali Al Merri (UAE) the patrons top scorer with 4 goals.

Match progression:
UAE Polo: 1.5-1/ 2.5-4/ 3.5-6/ 7.5-6/ 8.5-8

The Masters Cup (14 goals handicap), second trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, will start next tuesday 7th february at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with four teams taking part of the competition.





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

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

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

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

 Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 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
•    Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
•    Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy
-END-

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. 

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 supercars and sportscars that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that a McLaren offers the most thrilling driving experience in its class as well as making it the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.
 
OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER:
Emirates:

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

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

For more information please visit www.emirates.com





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.

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.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 

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


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety 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.


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

Sunday, 05 February 2017

Mahra Polo Team wins the Hildon Cup


3rd February 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry: The match between UAE Polo and Desert Palm, McLaren Cup final, has been postponed for tomorrow due to weather conditions in a day that Mahra Polo Team achieved the Hildon Cup. 

The final of the McLaren Cup, first trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, will be held tomorrow from 3 pm at field 1 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.

With really bad weather conditions the final day of the McLaren Cup started with the Hildon Cup final played by Mahra Polo and Zedan Polo Team, won by patron Rashid Al Habtoor team by 10 goals to 7.

Despite of the weather both teams played a great match, really tight till the last seven minutes were Mahra had a great reaction for a 4-0 in the final period that granted the victory and the Hildon Cup trophy.

“Tito” Ruíz Guiñazú was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals and Pablo Mac Donough the top scorer in Zedan with 3 goals.

Match progression:
Mahra: 1-3/ 3-4/ 6-6/ 6-7/ 10-7


The McLaren Cup final will be held tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort from 3 pm with UAE Polo playing against Desert Palm. 










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

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

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

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

 Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 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
•    Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
•    Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy
-END-

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. 

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 supercars and sportscars that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that a McLaren offers the most thrilling driving experience in its class as well as making it the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.
 
OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER:
Emirates:

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

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

For more information please visit www.emirates.com





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.

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.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 

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


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety 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.


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

Thursday, 02 February 2017

UAE Polo and Desert Palm will play the final of the Mc Laren Cup


1st February 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry:  UAE Polo and Desert Palm won today their respective matches for the semifinals of the McLaren Cup held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and will play the final of the McLaren Cup, first trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017.

Desert Palm defeated Habtoor in OT by 8 goals to 7 and UAE beat Bin Drai by 9.5 goals to 7.
With this victories Desert Palm will play against UAE Polo next friday the grand finale of the McLaren Cup from 3pm at Al Habtoor Polo Resort.

Casually Desert Palm and UAE Polo won in the semifinals by the same result they achieved in the quarterfinal matches, played last monday. Also, Desert Palm achieved their second victory in OT in a row.

In the first semifinal of the day, UAE Polo played a great game, and again, teamwork was the clue to defeat a tough Bin Drai foursome. 
UAE Polo, made up by Ali Al Merri, Jack Hyde, Matías Benoit and Guillermo Terrera, played three chukkers (2nd, 3rd and 4th) at a very high level to leave Bin Drai without options to react.
Despite the two goals scored by Bin Drai in the last chukker, UAE Polo victory was insured and the deserved ticket to the final came with the 9.5 to 7 triumph.

Match progression:
UAE Polo: 1.5-2/ 5.5-3/ 8.5-3/ 9.5-5/ 9.5-7

In the second match of the day, Desert Palm and Habtoor Polo played a much even game with the control of the actions and the score divided for each side in almost all of the chukkers.
The equal opportunities they had took the game to an extra chukker. It was a penalty, from the 40 yards scored by Santiago Laborde, that gave Desert Palm the victory and the remaining place in the great final of the McLaren Cup.
Nicolás Pieres (Habtoor Polo) was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals and Alejo Taranco, with 4, the top scorer in the winning team.

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



The McLaren Cup final will be held next friday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort from 3 pm with UAE Polo vs Desert Palm. From 1 pm, the Hildon Cup will be played between Mahra Polo Team and Zedan Polo.

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

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

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

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

 Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 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
•    Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
•    Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy
-END-

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. 

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 supercars and sportscars that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that a McLaren offers the most thrilling driving experience in its class as well as making it the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.
 
OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER:
Emirates:

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

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

For more information please visit www.emirates.com





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.

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.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 

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


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety 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.


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

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

UAE Polo and Desert Palm make it to the semifinals of the Mc Laren Cup

30th January 2017, DUBAI, UAE, by Gonzalo Etcheverry:  UAE Polo and Desert Palm won today their respective matches for the quarterfinals of the McLaren Cup held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and qualified to the semifinals along with Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai.
 
Desert Palm defeated Zedan in OT by 8 goals to 7 and UAE beat Mahra by 9.5 goals to 7.
With this victories Desert Palm will play against Habtoor Polo and UAE Polo will face Bin Drai in the semifinals of the McLaren Cup to be held next wednesday at Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Desert Palm, with patience and a perfect plan game achieved to stop superstar Pablo Mac Donough and his Zedan teammates.
Team made up by Tarek Albwardy, Martín Valent, Alejo Taranco and Santiago Laborde had to work hard to stay in the game and after four chukkers they achieved to tie the match in seven goals in the fifth period to take the match to OT.
Martín Valent, after a great individual action, scored the golden goal for Desert Palm and put his team in the semifinals.
 
Match progression:
Desert Palm: 1-3/ 3-4/ 5-6/ 5-6/ 7-7/ 8-7
 
In the second match of the day, UAE Polo also came from behind to turnover a match that was really complicated.
Mahra played a great first half but in the last two chukkers UAE Polo, with Ali Al Merri, Jack Hyde, Matías Benoit and Guillermo Terrera put their engines to work at full speed for a great comeback.
UAE won by 9.5 goals to 7 and achieved the final ticket for the semifinals of the McLaren Cup.
 
Match progression:
UAE Polo: 0.5-2/ 2.5-4/ 4.5-5/ 6.5-6/ 9.5-7
 
The McLaren Cup semifinals will be held next wednesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with the following matches: Habtoor Polo vs Desert Palm and UAE Polo vs Bin Drai.
 
 
 
 
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18 Goal Handicap competition, enters its eighth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.  The tournament is now the highest handicap in the UAE.
 
The Dubai Open has been split into two tournaments. Starting with the McLaren Cup, which runs from Saturday January 21st, 2017 to Friday February 3rd, 2017. The second tournament, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, commences on Friday, February 18th, 2017 to Friday March 10th, 2017.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. First founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC.   It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and since 2012, it is the only tournament in the UAE to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT).   It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the Gold Cup being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the tournament and patron of the Habtoor Polo team said, “This year there are seven teams playing in the McLaren Cup and ten teams for the Julius Baer Gold Cup, further evidence that the tournaments continue to grow. The Dubai Open has helped put the UAE on the world polo circuit. Each year the competition gets better and better, and we attract some of the best polo players in the world.”
The participating teams will host some of the top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-goal superstar and three-time ‘Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina’; Nicolas Pieres, who was recently raised to 10 goals after his superb performance in the Argentine Open; Lucas Montverde (9-goal handicap); Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (9-goal handicap) Guillermo Terrera (8-goal handicap), and Ezquiel Martinez Ferrario (8-goal handicap) and many others, who have come directly from Argentine Open. 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup will be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai Land.
 
 Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 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
·      Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
·      Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy
-END-
 
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.
 
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 supercars and sportscars that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that a McLaren offers the most thrilling driving experience in its class as well as making it the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.
 
OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER:
Emirates:
 
Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.
 
The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football  clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner). 
 
For more information please visit www.emirates.com
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts.
 
Al Badia:
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.
 
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety 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.
 
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com30th January 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  UAE Polo and Desert Palm won today their respective matches for the quarterfinals of the McLaren Cup held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and qualified to the semifinals along with Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai.
 
Desert Palm defeated Zedan in OT by 8 goals to 7 and UAE beat Mahra by 9.5 goals to 7.
With this victories Desert Palm will play against Habtoor Polo and UAE Polo will face Bin Drai in the semifinals of the McLaren Cup to be held next wednesday at Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Desert Palm, with patience and a perfect plan game achieved to stop superstar Pablo Mac Donough and his Zedan teammates.
Team made up by Tarek Albwardy, Martín Valent, Alejo Taranco and Santiago Laborde had to work hard to stay in the game and after four chukkers they achieved to tie the match in seven goals in the fifth period to take the match to OT.
Martín Valent, after a great individual action, scored the golden goal for Desert Palm and put his team in the semifinals.
 
Match progression:
Desert Palm: 1-3/ 3-4/ 5-6/ 5-6/ 7-7/ 8-7
 
In the second match of the day, UAE Polo also came from behind to turnover a match that was really complicated.
Mahra played a great first half but in the last two chukkers UAE Polo, with Ali Al Merri, Jack Hyde, Matías Benoit and Guillermo Terrera put their engines to work at full speed for a great comeback.
UAE won by 9.5 goals to 7 and achieved the final ticket for the semifinals of the McLaren Cup.
 
Match progression:
UAE Polo: 0.5-2/ 2.5-4/ 4.5-5/ 6.5-6/ 9.5-7
 
The McLaren Cup semifinals will be held next wednesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with the following matches: Habtoor Polo vs Desert Palm and UAE Polo vs Bin Drai.
 
 
 
 
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18 Goal Handicap competition, enters its eighth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.  The tournament is now the highest handicap in the UAE.
 
The Dubai Open has been split into two tournaments. Starting with the McLaren Cup, which runs from Saturday January 21st, 2017 to Friday February 3rd, 2017. The second tournament, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, commences on Friday, February 18th, 2017 to Friday March 10th, 2017.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. First founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC.   It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and since 2012, it is the only tournament in the UAE to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT).   It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the Gold Cup being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the tournament and patron of the Habtoor Polo team said, “This year there are seven teams playing in the McLaren Cup and ten teams for the Julius Baer Gold Cup, further evidence that the tournaments continue to grow. The Dubai Open has helped put the UAE on the world polo circuit. Each year the competition gets better and better, and we attract some of the best polo players in the world.”
The participating teams will host some of the top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-goal superstar and three-time ‘Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina’; Nicolas Pieres, who was recently raised to 10 goals after his superb performance in the Argentine Open; Lucas Montverde (9-goal handicap); Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (9-goal handicap) Guillermo Terrera (8-goal handicap), and Ezquiel Martinez Ferrario (8-goal handicap) and many others, who have come directly from Argentine Open. 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup will be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai Land.
 
 Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 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
·      Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
·      Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy
-END-
 
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.
 
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 supercars and sportscars that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that a McLaren offers the most thrilling driving experience in its class as well as making it the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.
 
OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER:
Emirates:
 
Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.
 
The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football  clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner). 
 
For more information please visit www.emirates.com
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts.
 
Al Badia:
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.
 
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety 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.
 
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Habtoor Polo also makes it to the semifinals of the Mc Laren Cup

27th January 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Habtoor Polo, team made up by patron Mohammed Al Habtoor, Juan Zubiaurre, Tomás Beresford and Nicolás Pieres, makes it to the semifinales of the McLaren Cup.

In today´s matches held in the Al Habtoor Polo Resort, Habtoor Polo defeated Desert Palm by 9 goals to 8 and with 3 victories in a row goes straight to the semifinals to join already qualified Bin Drai Polo Team.

Desert Palm, UAE Polo, Mahra and Zedan will play quarterfinal matches for the remaining two places in the final round.

Habtoor Polo and Desert Palm played a thrilling match, with a great polo level and both teams struggling till the end to achieve the victory.

It was a very even game, match progression shows that it was so, with Ellerstina ten goaler player Nicolás Pieres leading the Habtoor Team and Alejo Taranco playing in a great level with Desert Palm.

In the last seven minutes patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team took the chances they had to score and achieved the victory by 9 goals to 8 that also gave them the ticket to the semifinals of the McLaren Cup.
Nico Pieres was the top scorer of the match with 6 goals and Tommy Beresford the MVP.

Match progression:
Habtoor: 2-0/ 3-4/ 5-5/ 6-7/ 9-8

In the first match of the day, UAE Polo achieved a great victory based in an effective teamwork against a Wolves team that couldn´t find the way to stop superstar Lucas Monteverde and his teammates.

UAE Polo defeated Wolves by 10 goals to 6 with Monteverde as the MVP and Manuel Crespo (Wolves) as the top scorer of the match with 6 goals.

Match progression:
UAE: 0-0/ 3-0/ 5-2/ 9-3/ 10-6



The McLaren Cup will continue tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with a single match starting at 4pm held by Mahra vs Zedan.


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

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

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

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

 Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 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
•    Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
•    Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy
-END-

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. 

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 supercars and sportscars that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that a McLaren offers the most thrilling driving experience in its class as well as making it the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.
 
OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER:
Emirates:

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

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

For more information please visit www.emirates.com





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.

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.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 

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


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety 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.


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

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Mc Laren Cup quarterfinal matches already set up


28th January 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry:  

Zedan Polo defeated Mahra by 7 goals to 6 in the last qualifying match of the McLaren Cup held this afternoon at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.

First round of the tournament came to an end and quarterfinal matches are already set up. 
Next monday UAE Polo will play against Mahra while Zedan will face Desert Palm for the two remaining places in the semifinales where they will join Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai.

Today´s match was enjoyed by the crowd at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with two teams playing a very interesting game.

It was a even match that Zedan finally achieved to win it thanks to the talented 10 goaler Pablo Mac Donough who made the difference in the last seven minutes.

Juan Ruíz Guiñazú (Mahra) was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals and Pablo Mac Donough the MVP.

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

The McLaren Cup will continue next monday with the Quarterfinal matches held by UAE Polo vs Mahra and Zedan vs Desert Palm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

​Bin Drai makes it to the semifinals of the Mc Laren Cup

:  
25th January 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry

Bin Drai Polo, team made up by patron Saeed Bin Drai, Gregorio Gelosi,  Francisco Elizalde and Raúl Laplacette, is the first team to make it to the semifinales of the McLaren Cup.

Bin Drai defeated Mahra Polo by 7 goals to 5 in the single match of the tournament held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort 

With two victories in a row, patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team remains unbeaten and achieves the first place of the Zone A with Zedan and Mahra now fighting for the second place.

Bin Drai played an excellent first half with a third chukker that was the key to the final victory. In this period they achieved a 5 goal gap (7-3) that made Mahra very difficult to catch up, despite the comeback they had in the fourth chukker to closed the gap to a 2 goals difference.

Finally, in the last seven minutes, Mahra pushed till the end but Bin Drai kept the game plan to win the match and the ticket to the semifinal by 7 goals to 5.

Raúl Laplacette (BD) was the MVP of the game and Francisco Elizalde, Laplacette and Juan Ruíz Guiñazú (Mahra) the top scorers with 3 goals each.

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

The McLaren Cup will continue next friday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with a double action day starting at 2pm with UAE Polo playing against Wolves followed by Desert Palm vs Habtoor Polo.









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

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

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

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

 Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 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
•    Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
•    Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy
-END-

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. 

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 supercars and sportscars that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that a McLaren offers the most thrilling driving experience in its class as well as making it the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.
 
OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER:
Emirates:

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

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

For more information please visit www.emirates.com





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.

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.

PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts. 

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


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety 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.


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

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Habtoor Polo remains unbeaten in the Mc Laren Cup

 
24th January 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Habtoor Polo and Desert Palm won their respective matches for the third day of action of the McLaren Cup held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Habtoor Polo remains unbeaten in the tournament after defeating UAE Polo by 9 goals to 7.5 while Desert Palm achieved their first victory in the Mc Laren Cup after defeating Wolves Polo by 13 goals to 6.
 
Desert Palm and Wolves opened the third day of the tournament with a match that started even but showed, from the second chukker onwards, a great team performance by patron´s Tariq Albwardy team.
A five goal gap in the second and fourth chukker gave them a wide margin to control the game and finally close it by 13 goals to 6.
 
Alejo Taranco (Desert Palm) was the top scorer of the match with 7 goals and Santiago Laborde (Desert Palm) the MVP.
 
Match progression:
Desert Palm: 3-2/ 7-3/ 8-5/ 11-6/ 13-6
 
In the second match of the day, Habtoor Polo defeated, after a great comeback in the fifth chukker, UAE Polo by 9 goals to 7.5.
 
Both teams played a great match, with full speed action and good polo level. UAE Polo, with Guillermo Terrera and Pablo Terrera replacing injured Lucas Monteverde and Matías Benoit, had a very good first half.
With Terrera and Hyde “on fire”, UAE took possession of the actions and the score.
 
In the second half, with Alfredo Capella playing at a great level and scoring almost every opportunity near the goalposts, Habtoor Polo closed the gap in the fourth chukker and completed the comeback in the last seven minutes for a great victory that keeps them unbeaten in the McLaren Cup.
 
Capella was the top scorer of the match with 7 goals and Juan Zubiaurre (Habtoor Polo) the MVP.
 
Match progression:
Habtoor: 0-1.5/ 0-2.5/ 2-4.5/ 5-6.5/ 9-7.5
 
The McLaren Cup will continue tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with the debut of Mahra Polo in the tournament playing against Bin Drai from 4 pm.
 
 
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18 Goal Handicap competition, enters its eighth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.  The tournament is now the highest handicap in the UAE.
 
The Dubai Open has been split into two tournaments. Starting with the McLaren Cup, which runs from Saturday January 21st, 2017 to Friday February 3rd, 2017. The second tournament, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, commences on Friday, February 18th, 2017 to Friday March 10th, 2017.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. First founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC.   It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and since 2012, it is the only tournament in the UAE to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT).   It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the Gold Cup being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the tournament and patron of the Habtoor Polo team said, “This year there are seven teams playing in the McLaren Cup and ten teams for the Julius Baer Gold Cup, further evidence that the tournaments continue to grow. The Dubai Open has helped put the UAE on the world polo circuit. Each year the competition gets better and better, and we attract some of the best polo players in the world.”
The participating teams will host some of the top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-goal superstar and three-time ‘Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina’; Nicolas Pieres, who was recently raised to 10 goals after his superb performance in the Argentine Open; Lucas Montverde (9-goal handicap); Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (9-goal handicap) Guillermo Terrera (8-goal handicap), and Ezquiel Martinez Ferrario (8-goal handicap) and many others, who have come directly from Argentine Open. 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup will be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai Land.
 
 Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 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
·      Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
·      Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy
-END-
 
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.
 
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 supercars and sportscars that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that a McLaren offers the most thrilling driving experience in its class as well as making it the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.
 
OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER:
Emirates:
 
Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.
 
The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football  clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner). 
 
For more information please visit www.emirates.com
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts.
 
Al Badia:
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.
 
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety 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.
 
 
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Habtoor Polo wins the opening match of the McLaren Cup


21st January 2016, DUBAI, UAE:

Habtoor Polo won the first match of the McLaren Cup, the first trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, in the first match of the season, held today at the Al Habtoor Polo
Resort.

Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team defeated Wolves Polo by 9 goals to 7 with Alfredo Capella replacing injured Nicolás Pieres in the initial line up.

First three chukkers were played at full speed, with both teams in a very even level and a very short difference in the score for Habtoor Polo.

The second half of the match was another story. Habtoor Polo took notice of coach Guillermo Cuitiño words and achieved to score three consecutive goals for a 8-5 gap for the last seven minutes of the match.
Despite of Wolves reaction Habtoor secured the victory with another goal in the last chukker for a 9-7 final result.

Alfredo Capella and Tomás Beresford where the top scorers of the match with 4 goals each and, for the record, Habtoor Al Habtoor (Wolves) scored the first goal of the tournament.
Match progression: Habtoor: 1-2/ 3-2/ 5-4/ 8-5/ 9-7

The McLaren Cup will continue tomorrow with a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort. Starting at 2 pm Desert Palm will play against UAE Polo Team in field 2 and from 4pm Bin Drai will face Zedan in field 3.

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18 Goal Handicap competition, enters its eighth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The tournament is now the highest handicap in the UAE.
The Dubai Open has been split into two tournaments. Starting with the McLaren Cup, which runs from Saturday January 21st, 2017 to Friday February 3rd, 2017. The second tournament, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, commences on Friday, February 18th, 2017 to Friday March 10th, 2017.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. First founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and since 2012, it is the only tournament in the UAE to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the Gold Cup being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision by the HPA. Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the tournament and patron of the Habtoor Polo team said, “This year there are seven teams playing in the McLaren Cup and ten teams for the Julius Baer Gold Cup, further evidence that the tournaments continue to grow. The Dubai Open has helped put the UAE on the world polo circuit. Each year the competition gets better and better, and we attract some of the best polo players in the world.”
The participating teams will host some of the top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Pablo MacDonough, the 10-goal superstar and three-time ‘Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina’; Nicolas Pieres, who was recently raised to 10 goals after his superb performance in the Argentine Open; Lucas Montverde (9-goal handicap); Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (9-goal handicap) Guillermo Terrera (8 goal handicap), and Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario (8-goal handicap) and many others, who have come directly from Argentine Open.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup will be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai Land. Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 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
· Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
· Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy


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.

SILVER CUP TITLE SPONSOR:
McLaren:
In support of the sporting spirit of the nation, Al Habtoor Motors – the ofcial 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 supercars and sportscars
that deliver the broadest range of capabilities possible. This means that a McLaren offers the most thrilling
driving experience in its class as well as making it the most comfortable and refined car in its sector.

OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER:
Emirates:
Emirates is a global connector of people and places, and has received hundreds of international awards and
accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries. Operating 248 wide-body Airbus and
Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending deliveries for an additional
237 aircraft, worth more than USD$114 billion. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet
cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic
multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.
The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover,
enjoy, and share enriching experiences. Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan,
Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC , Benfica and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’
jerseys. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates
Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour
Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne
Cup, Dubai World Cup), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Rugby World Cup) Sailing (Emirates Team
New Zealand) and Formula One (Global Partner).
For more information please visit www.emirates.com

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.

MEDIA PARTNERS
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive ofcial 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.


PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the
minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from
more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo
enthusiasts.

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

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the ofcial 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.
Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
For more information visit: www.dubaipologoldcup.com
 

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.
 
-END-
 
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".
 
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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

 
 

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