Just six days after this Saturday’s event in Abu Dhabi, Dubai is welcoming British Polo Day.
The annual event - which is also taking place in Morocco April 25, the USA’s West Coast May 30, Great Britain, June 20, China September 13, Sumba Island November 7 and India December 12 and 13 - is the seventh time it has taken place in the emirate and comes the day after the 20th anniversary of the Dubai World Cup Races.
Following HRH Prince Harry’s recent visit to Abu Dhabi in November last year - swinging his polo mallet for the crowds at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club for the Sentebale Polo Cup - British Polo is set to keep the British polo buzz alive across the region.
Presented by Land Rover at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, preview the schedule for the prestigious event below:
12pm: Welcome 12.15pm: Hackett Camel Polo Trophy - Cavalry v Guards 12.30pm: Brompton Bicycle Polo - Eton v Harrow 3.30pm: Team III vs Team IV 4.30pm: Team V vs Team VI 6pm: Prize-Giving 6.30pm: Fashion Showcase 9.30pm: After Party
During the day’s polo, Gaucho will be serving their signature Watermelon Sling and - as the sun sets - celebrated womenswear designer Fitriani Hay will be showcasing the very best of her recent Fitriani collections. Her spectacular fashion show will be followed by an after-party under the stars in the Club’s beautifully-lit courtyard, before guests head off to Dubai’s hottest night-spot XL Beach Club.
A celebration of British luxury and heritage the story of British Polo Day stems from a love of the ancient sport of polo and a recognition that the international language of the horse can bridge cultures, bringing together a like-minded community on a global scale.
Last year saw the Middle East’s very first bicycle polo match. Following this, players from Oxford and Cambridge competed for the Gaucho Cup and, as the grand finale, Habtoor Polo played the British Exiles team.
Although British Polo Day Abu Dhabi is invitation-only, members of the public can attend the British Polo Day Dubai by reserving tables at www.britishpoloday.com.