DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup organization is locally organized but internationally recognized by bringing the Sport of Kings in the region since 2009 and placing Dubai at the forefront of the international polo circuit.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series was founded in 2009 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. It started out with one tournament - the Gold Cup and has grown into a series five premier Polo Tournament in the Middle East - The Silver Cup, Julius Baer Gold Cup, Polo Masters Cup, Dubai Challenge Cup and the Dubai Cup. The Series is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. It started with tournaments carrying a handicap of 10-12 goals and has grown to host teams playing in 18-goal handicap matches.In 2012 the Gold Cup was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT), and in January 2014 the WPT committee credited The Gold Cup tournament as the highest competition in terms of points within the WPT Challenge Cup category, elevating it to 50 points for the winner. The year 2015 marked the first time ever that the WPT upgraded the Gold Cup Tournament from ‘Challenge Cup’ to the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners received 60 points. In 2017 the tournament was moved up to WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup are ranked under the WPT Challenge Cup Category – with winners receiving 50 and 20 points respectively.
The Dubai Gold Cup Series is proud to be the only Tournament Series with this exclusive accreditation in The GCC and MENA Region, ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide. It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the tournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
These five tournaments are premier polo competitions of the year that involve the participation of the world's best polo teams and players battling it out to win the title. No other game combines the grace of equestrian pursuits and the skill of a ball game with such thrilling results. With its exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour, the Series has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar. It is also one of the most important annual tournaments in the region attracting VIP’s, dignitaries, local and international media, society figures, and famous personalities.
Playing host to some of the best polo teams in the world and attracting the leading players from Argentina, England, UAE, their sole aim is to win the prestigious Gold Cup trophy.
FAMILY DAY OUT
Spectators are welcome to watch all the games, why not bring your friends and family and enjoy the glamour, passion and elegance of the sport of Kings.
What better than to enjoy your afternoon with your friends and family, picnicking and watching some of the worlds top teams battle for the prestigious Gold Cup.
Enjoy the polo action. And as the sun sets on a great day out, kick up your heels, dance and enjoy to the DJ beats at the Official Gold Lounge with local and international DJ's playing music throughout the day and into the night! Add to that some spectacular on and off-field entertainment like Cheerleading Show at the Polo, Horse Show and the Fashion Show on the field. Polo is a fun event for the whole family, whilst the children will be entertained by the KIDS ZONE area, kids will love the face painting, hand painting and photobooth.