Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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


 
18th January 2016, DUBAI, UAE:    The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18 Goal Handicap competition, enters its seventh year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.  The tournament is now the highest handicap in the UAE. At the press conference on Monday, January 18, 2016 at The St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City, the organising committee conducted a live draw for the McLaren Cup 2016.
 
The Dubai Open has been split into two tournaments. Starting with the McLaren Cup 2016, which runs from Friday January 22, 2016 to Friday February 5, 2016. The second tournament, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, commences on Friday, February 19, 2016 to Friday March 11, 2016.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. First founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC.   It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and since 2012, it is the only tournament in the UAE to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT).   It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the Gold Cup being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the tournament and patron of the Habtoor Polo team said, “This year there are nine teams playing in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, further evidence that the competition is picking up momentum. The Dubai Open has helped put the UAE on the world polo circuit. Each year the competition gets better and better, and we attract some of the best polo players in the world.”
The participating teams will host some of the top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-goal superstar and three-time ‘Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina and one time Triple Crown winner with Ellerstina ’; Lucas Montverde (9-goal handicap); Guillermo Terrera (8-goal handicap), Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (8-goal handicap) and Alejandro Novillo Astrada (8-goal handicap) and many others. 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup will be held at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club in Arabian Ranches.
 
Six polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2016 18-goal handicap: 

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

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

Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently Diamondlease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements.
 
Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.
 
Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.
 
Andreea’s:
Andreea’s is an elegant newly opened fusion cuisine restaurant, located at the beach front of Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, in the Dubai Marina. The restaurant has already been catching the spotlight of Dubai with its alluring modern ambiance, tantalizing sights, scrumptious aromas, and heavenly flavours. Offering a unique dining experience, Andreea’s proud to be joining the family of sponsors and to support the Dubai Polo Cup Series of 2015. For more information and reservations, please contact andreeas@accentureinvestment.com or call +971 50 502 86 66.
 
CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital:
Established in 1999, CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital was the only full-fledged 24-hour medical center in the Jebel Ali area and it was upgraded into a hospital in August 2004. Today it is a full-fledged multi-specialty hospital offering services ranging from Pediatrics to Occupational Health, Laparoscopic Surgery to Internal Medicine. The Hospital is equipped with ICU for medical and surgical emergencies, with two major and one minor operation theatres as well as with fully equipped Laboratory and Radiology departments. The CEDARS Training Center is offering classes in Basic First Aid and Basic Life Support through an alignment with the American Hospital Dubai, an American Heart Association (AHA) International Training Center. Further attached to the hospital are Dr. Adnan Kaddaha Clinic, opening soon at Motor City, CEDARS Clinic, adjacent to the hospital and pharmacy.  The hospital also provides first aid and ambulance service for various events within the emirate of Dubai.
 
Black 28:
Life as it is lived by those who always have something going on tomorrow. And who are never without 28 BLACK. For the energy for all that awaits them. No matter where they are or what they are doing – they are never satisfied with the ordinary. And neither are we. So 28 BLACK contains no taurine, no artificial colouring and no preservatives.
More Life. More Style. More Energy
Info: simon@accentureinvestment.com or call +971 4 4531782
 
MEDIA PARTNERS
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.
 
With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.
 
OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.
 
Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.
 
Equestrio Arabia:
Equestrio changed the face of equestrian publishing when it launched in Switzerland in 2003 and set new standards for the genre in terms of quality and content. Showcasing and celebrating the lifestyles surrounding equestrianism in all its forms, while at the same time providing expert and informed editorial illustrated with the finest photography, the title won instant appeal, both at home and abroad. Equestrio Arabia was borne of the same ethos when it launched in Dubai in 2004 and has gone on to be the authoritative voice for all things polo, racing and the surrounding lifestyle. 
www.equestrio.com
 
PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts.
 
Al Badia:
Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.
Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.
 
Hurlingham Magazine:
Hurlingham Media was founded in 2005, by Roderick Vere Nicoll who wanted to share his passion for the game with other players and enthusiasts. He felt there was an opportunity to produce a magazine and a web site about polo that could convey the spirit of this exciting adrenalin-fuelled sport.
In the current edition and on the website you will see a blend of information, opinion, and lifestyle, reflecting the interests of the polo community both on and off the playing field.
In addition to the magazine, there are opportunities to work with polo in a broader way. Hurlingham Media deals closely with luxury brand owners wanting to access the affluent people who play and watch polo.
This is not just one of the world’s richest communities, it is also one of the most influential, made up of leaders and opinion-formers from the very top of society. There is also a high-profile connection between polo and the British Royal Family - something that looks sure to continue following the enthusiastic involvement of Prince William and Prince Harry in the sport.
No community is more committed to its sport than the polo fraternity. Polo players have a legendary zeal for their game. They tend to be “doers” - dynamic individuals who are successful, active, worldly and like to live life in the proverbial fast lane. They are high earners and big spenders.
Hurlingham Media is able to offer appropriate luxury brand owners the opportunity to associate their brand with the unique image of the game. To achieve this, Hurlingham Media can offer a programme of sponsorship and other brand support which will deliver real awareness among this wealthy community.
Hurlingham Media Brand Partner Programmes include sponsoring existing events; sponsoring specifically staged events; sponsoring teams; corporate hospitality linked to sponsored events; and outdoor advertising at events.
Please contact Roderick Vere Nicoll for further information on +44 7714 836 102 or hurlingham@hpa-polo.co.uk
 
OFFICIAL RADIO PARTNER:
 
Radio 1
Radio 1 is the UAE’s number 1 for hit music, across Dubai on 104.1 and in Abu Dhabi on 100.5. Get up with Danny C’s Rude Awakening- for the cheekiest start to the day in the Emirates! Radio 1 is your soundtrack to everything that’s hot across the country, whether it’s going out, movies, music events and concerts or the latest entertainment news. Radio 1 is wherever you are with the freshest hit music – on radio, online or on your smartphone and at your favourite events. Keep up to date with everything Radio 1 on Facebook, or follow on Twitter/Instagram @Radio1UAE
 
Radio 2
Radio 2 plays More Music Variety across the UAE – on 99.3 in Dubai and 106 in Abu Dhabi. Mornings are brighter and more fun from 6am with The Kenny and Daisy Show- with all the goss from the world of showbiz, music and entertainment. With huge competitions, events and even the chance to join Kenny and Daisy’s famous Brunch Bunch, Radio 2 is the only way to wake up in the Emirates. Radio 2 is the perfect soundtrack to have on at work- with the 9 to 5 No Repeat Workday, meaning you’ll never hear the same song twice, and every single song is familiar, feel good and always in touch with your mood! For more, like Radio 2 on Facebook or follow on Twitter @Radio2UAE.
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety kinds of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, who is also Vice-Chairman and CEO of the UAE conglomerate, the Al Habtoor Group, recently announced that work is underway on a new polo development in Dubai with four polo fields. The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, situated in Dubailand, will also feature state-of-the-art stables, a five star hotel and high-end villas. It will become a new destination for horse lovers, and offer multiple disciplines from traditional horse-riding, polo and dressage.
 
He said, “This helps with our aim to provide first class sporting facilities and to train the next generation of polo players.”
 
 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Julius Baer Gold Cup 2015 (Dubai Open)

18 Goal Handicap
Held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2015, 18 goal handicap tournament with five chukkas in a match will start on Monday, February 23, 2015 and end with the final match on Friday March 13, 2015. The event will take place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club located at Arabian Ranches, Dubai.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) is the highest handicap tournament in the Middle East, Africa and Asia and the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, US and the UK.
 
First founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC.
 
It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and since 2012, it is the only tournament in the UAE to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT).  
 
Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Julius Baer Gold Cup is played in accordance with the HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision of the HPA.
 
The first to be played on Monday, February 23, 2015 between Ghantoot Polo and Bin Drai Polo in the first group, and Julius Baer Team against Edrees Polo in the second group. The matches corresponding to the first phase will be played until March 6, 2015 and the four best teams of each group will continue on to play the Bentley Cup Semi-Final and the Julius Baer Gold Cup Semi-Final on Monday March 9, 2015. The finals will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015.
 
The prize value of this year Julius Bar Gold Cup is half of million dirhams.
 
This year the teams have more to play for, as the winning team will not only be awarded the trophy; each team member will also be given a limited edition Breitling for Bentley watch.
 
Ten of the world’s best Polo teams and the most respected names in polo have confirmed their participation to compete in this year’s tournament:
 
§  Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
§  Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai
§  Julius Baer Team by Habtoor -Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
§  Ghantoot Polo Team - Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
§  UAE Polo Team - Patron  Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
§  Abu Dhabi Polo Team - Patron Faris Yabhouni
§  Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan
§  Desert Palm 1 Polo Team -Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
§  Desert Palm 2 Polo Team - Patron Tarik Al Bawardi
§  Edrees Polo Team - Patron Sultan Edrees
 
Title Sponsor Gold Cup:
 
Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, was named as the title sponsor of the Gold Cup for the first time in 2015, as it looks to continue its tradition of supporting key cultural events across the UAE. The bank celebrated its tenth anniversary in the country last year and has grown to become a leading provider of private banking services in the market. Its focus on polo stems from its recognition of the sport’s value to its clients and the local community. This commitment is also driven by the sport’s dynamics that embody a combination of innovation and a consciousness of tradition, traits that the bank has been associated with in its long 125-year history.
Main sponsor:
Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world was named as the title sponsor for the Subsidiary Cup and for two years running as the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015. As part of the Prestige Cars Division of Al Habtoor Motors, Bentley Emirates have been the sole authorized importer of Bentley Motor vehicles in the UAE since 1982. Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards, Bentley continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.
Breitling for Bentley
 
British chic, Swiss excellence: the Breitling for Bentley collection has asserted a new art of living. Symbolised by the winged B, it carves out its own path, reflecting an exclusive universe where luxury and accomplishment converge. Performance and prestige. Power and style. Class and boldness.
Born from the encounter between the grand art of British carmaking and the great Swiss watchmaking tradition, this richly endowed family of exclusive chronographs houses exceptional “engines” inside its gold, steel or titanium bodywork. Artfully designed and produced with extreme concern for details, it embodies the same momentum in the pursuit of perfection and beauty shared by the famous British automobile manufacturer and the chronograph specialist. The very same passion for performance and elegance which - from the Bentley workshops in Crewe to those of Breitling Chronometrie in La Chaux-de-Fonds - invites devotees of fine mechanisms to set off on a truly amazing journey.
In 2002, Bentley caused a sensation by launching the Continental GT, the most powerful Bentley ever built. Breitling lent its personal touch to this epitome of luxury and performance by participating in the design of the technical instruments and creating the onboard clock. It was the very first time that Bentley had entrusted this task to a watchmaker.
 
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 - Press Conferance


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

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

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

Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. Julius Baer’s total client assets amounted to CHF 385 billion at the end of October 2014, including CHF 285 billion of assets under management. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and form part of the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.
 
Julius Baer is currently in the final phase of integrating Merrill Lynch’s International Wealth Management business outside the US. This will increase the Group’s presence to more than 25 countries and 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Lugano, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Singapore and Tokyo.
 
For more information visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com

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

Diamond Lease:
Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental & leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate & Individual customers in the UAE. Currently we are serving more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements.
 
Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8300 dealer-maintained vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003.
 
Andreea’s:
Andreea’s is an elegant newly opened fusion cuisine restaurant, located at the beach front of Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, in the Dubai Marina. The restaurant has already been catching the spotlight of Dubai with its alluring modern ambiance, tantalizing sights, scrumptious aromas, and heavenly flavours. Offering a unique dining experience, Andreea’s proud to be joining the family of sponsors and to support the Dubai Polo Cup Series of 2015. For more information and reservations, please contact andreeas@accentureinvestment.com or call +971 50 502 86 66.
 
CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital:
Established in 1999, CEDARS – Jebel Ali International Hospital was the only full-fledged 24-hour medical center in the Jebel Ali area and it was upgraded into a hospital in August 2004. Today it is a full-fledged multi-specialty hospital offering services ranging from Pediatrics to Occupational Health, Laparoscopic Surgery to Internal Medicine. The Hospital is equipped with ICU for medical and surgical emergencies, with two major and one minor operation theatres as well as with fully equipped Laboratory and Radiology departments.
 
The CEDARS Training Center is offering classes in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support through an alliance with the American Heart Association (AHA). Further attached to the hospital are 24-hour-pharmacy and Dr. Adnan Kaddaha Clinic. Projects to expand the hospital structure and add more services that enable CEDARS Jebel Ali International Hospital to become a comprehensive tertiary care healthcare provider are under way. The hospital has successfully achieved JCI accreditation in June 2012.
 
MEDIA PARTNERS
OK! Middle East:
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 (Dubai Open).  OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.
 
With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.
 
OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guest list for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.
 
Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.
 
Sport360:
As the leading sports information and news provider in the Middle East Sport360 is proud to be associated with the Dubai Gold Polo Cup. With its daily newspaper and Weekend edition, Sport360 reaches out to all sports fans in the UAE and provides them with all the latest news and results, as well as key lifestyle and business of sport features. Its daily qualified circulation as issued by BPA Worldwide stands at 36,762 with an estimated 151,000 readers per day enjoy a depth and breadth of content unmatched in the region, which is assembled by a team of specialists in football, cricket, golf, tennis, motorsport, horseracing, sailing, and much more.
Sport360’s digital platforms have also attracted sports enthusiasts from around the GCC and MENA region, thanks to the www.sport360.com website, social media channels and smart phone applications.
Equestrio Arabia:
Equestrio Arabia is the media sponsor. EQUESTRIO changed the face of equestrian publishing when it launched in Switzerland in 2003 and set new standards for the genre in terms of quality and content. By showcasing and celebrating the lifestyles surrounding equestrianism in all its forms, while at the same time providing expert and informed editorial illustrated with the finest photography, the title won instant appeal, both at home and abroad.
EQUESTRIO Arabia became the second title in the series when it launched in Dubai. EQUESTRIO France followed in 2006 with EQUESTRIO China and EQUESTRIO Italy taking up the reins in 2008.
Now published in five countries, in five languages, on three continents, EQUESTRIO is to be found at the heart of equestrian communities worldwide. A delicious melange of informed sporting editorial, fine art, luxury travel and lifestyle features.
 
PoloLine:
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world. With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries. PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts.
 
 
 
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Dubai Calendar:
Dubaicalendar.com is your single, reliable, bi-lingual source for the best events Dubai has to offer throughout the year, helping you plan and make the most of your stay, and making sure there is always a reason to visit and revisit Dubai. Highlighting Dubai’s festivals, exhibitions, cultural and sporting events, dubaicalendar.com is the official point of reference on events and promotions in Dubai, keeping business and leisure visitors, and residents informed about the multitude of events that the city offers.
 
Dubaicalendar.com is the key information channel managed by Dubai Calendar, an initiative born out of the vision for a more dynamic events industry for the Emirate of Dubai. Part of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Calendar helps bring together the government, consumer and industry to establish Dubai as a world-class events destination. Since its inception, Dubai Calendar has become an enabler for the local community, events industry, tourists and government bodies alike.
 
Dubai Sports Council:
Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 12 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety kinds of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.
 
Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major sports championships and conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.
 
Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the SportAccord International Convention in 2010, and stages the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, who is also Vice-Chairman and CEO of the UAE conglomerate, the Al Habtoor Group, recently announced that work is underway on a new polo development in Dubai with four polo fields. The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, situated in Dubailand, will also feature state-of-the-art stables, a five star hotel and high-end villas. It will become a new destination for horse lovers, and offer multiple disciplines from traditional horse-riding, polo and dressage.
 
He said, “This helps with our aim to provide first class sporting facilities and to train the next generation of polo players.”
 
 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Julius Baer to sponsor The Dubai Gold Cup 2015


World’s fourth-largest polo tournament to bring together the best local and international talent
 
Dubai, January 14th , 2015: Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, has announced that it will be the title and a team sponsor for the Dubai Gold Cup 2015, part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Sponsoring the UAE’s most prestigious equestrian event for the first time, Julius Baer continues its tradition of supporting key cultural events across the country and reaffirms its longstanding affiliation with the world of polo.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind and will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Now in its sixth year, the event will see some of the most talented international and local players, including Alejandro Muzzio, Pablo Mac Donough, and Lucas Monterverde, compete for the trophy. Taking place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches, the Series will be split into two tournaments, beginning with the McLaren Cup from 23rd January to 06th February, and the Julius Baer Gold Cup, taking place from 23rd February to 13th March 2015.
 
Commenting on the sponsorship, Daniel Savary, Head of Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa (EMMEA), Bank Julius Baer & Co Ltd, said: “We are proud to partner with the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series and to support this prestigious tournament, which is line with our focus on polo and is also indicative of our long-term commitment to the UAE. Having celebrated our tenth anniversary in the country last year and grown to become a leading provider of private banking services in the market, our emphasis on sponsoring important cultural activities here stems from our recognition of its value to the local community and our clients.”
 
“Julius Baer has made this commitment to sponsoring polo in particular because the sport’s dynamics embody a mix of innovation and a consciousness of tradition, traits that the bank has been associated with in its long 125-year history. It also embodies the same goals that we strive towards every day as a business enterprise, namely a commitment to excellence, as well as a focus on delivering high quality performance. We aim to further build on our tradition of supporting some of the most important events in the UAE.”
 
The bank was previously the title sponsor of the Julius Baer Beach Polo Cup from 2013 to 2014, and the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge from 2010 to 2012. Launched in 2009, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup has grown to become the region’s premier polo competition, and attracts leading VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC. The tournament has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and in 2012, it was recognised by the World Polo Tour (WPT). Last year the competition was the highest WPT tournament in points within the Challenge Cup Category and in this year the Gold Cup went up from Challenge Cup to World Polo Tour Cup, winners receiving 60 points . Held under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision of the HPA.
 
A total of ten teams will participate in the renowned event, including the world’s best polo teams and the most respected names from the sport. Participating teams include:
 
UAE Polo Team – Patron  HH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Ghantoot Polo Team – Patron HH Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan  
Julius Baer Team by Al Habtoor – Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
Bin Drai Polo Team – Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
Mahra Polo – Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
Abu Dhabi Polo Team – Patron Faris Al Yabhouni
Zedan Polo Team – Patron Amr Zedan
Desert Palm Dubai Polo Team 1- Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
Desert Palm Dubai Polo Team 2 – Patron Tariq Al Bawardi
Edrees Polo Team  - Patron Sultan Edrees 
 
About Julius Baer:
 
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management. Julius Baer’s total client assets amounted to CHF 385 billion at the end of October 2014, including CHF 285 billion of assets under management. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and form part of the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.
 
Julius Baer is currently in the final phase of integrating Merrill Lynch’s International Wealth Management business outside the US. This will increase the Group’s presence to more than 25 countries and 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Lugano, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Singapore and Tokyo.
 
For more information visit our website at www.juliusbaer.com
 
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

THE AL HABTOOR POLO RESORT



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

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

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

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

Thursday, 11 December 2014

McLaren Dubai as Title sponsor for Silver Cup 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday, 14 March 2014

GOLD CUP WINNER GHANTOOT




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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 24 February 2014

Bentley Emirates, Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2014 ~ FIXTURE

 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

McLaren Cup 2014 ~ FIXTURE

 
 

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