*2017 itinerary - 2018 TBC
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Wednesday 22nd March:
Visit Burj Khalifa for breathtaking views of Dubai
Taylor Morris Beach Volleyball at Jumeirah Al Naseem
Thursday 23rd March:
Platinum Heritage Desert Safari & Falconry Exhibition
Friday 24th March:
British Polo Day Dubai 2017 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
12:00 – Welcome Reception
12:30 – Camel Polo Exhibition Match
13:00 – Seated Lunch
15:00 – Bentley Opening Ceremony
15:15 – Oxbridge vs Gulf
16:30 – British Exiles vs Habtoor Polo
18:00 – Prize Giving Ceremony 18:30 – After Party
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Nowhere is the mingling of past and present more evident than in United Arab Emirates’ cosmopolitan city of Dubai – the starting point for many UAE luxury holidays. Gleaming skyscrapers and shopping malls jostle for position with Arab souks, mosques and wind towers in the most well known of the seven individual Emirates that make up the country. Steeped in the ancient culture and heritage of Arabia, the strong tradition of desert hospitality lives on in the genuine warmth and friendliness that welcomes any visitor. As a delightful counterpoint the imposing Hajar Mountains are an oasis of calm amidst dramatic ridges, whilst the awesome expanse of the Arabian desert beckons you to discover its eerily romantic landscape.
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Welcome to the eighth British Polo Day Dubai, presented by RJI Capital.
For those who have been here before, it is good to have you back, and for those who are here for the first time, you are in for a thrilling afternoon of polo and a celebration of heritage and tradition with our hosts here in Dubai.
Polo began in Persia as early as the 5th century BC. The modern game as we know it was rediscovered in India in the 19th century by the British Army and exported around the world. It is therefore fitting that we start proceedings off today with the Hackett Thesiger Cavalry vs. Guards Camel Polo match. For those new to camel polo, this is an intriguing spectacle. Both Cavalry and Guards regiments of the British Army had camel divisions in the nineteenth century and we are pleased to be once again reviving the association between these fascinating animals and groups of regiments.
The Thesiger Trophy, beautifully sculpted by George Bingham, is modelled on a photo that Sir Wilfred Thesiger took of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan over 60 years ago. Sir Wilfred Thesiger also embodies the essence of today, having gone to Eton, Oxford and served in the British Army. He came to the UAE and made lifelong friends, being awarded the UAE Order of Independence. It is that friendship between Britain and the UAE that we celebrate with this event.
There will also be a Brompton bicycle polo exhibition, which showcases another version of the game that was an Olympic sport back in 1906.
The British Silverware Plate match features Oxbridge vs. the Gulf Polo Team. The two university towns that form the Oxbridge name have been pitted against each other for years and this match will continue a historic sporting tradition against regional rivals.
Finally, The British Exiles Team vs. Habtoor Polo Team is the climax of the day, with both sides competing for The British Polo Day Cup, presented by RJI Capital.
As ever, we are indebted to all the partners for making this event possible. In particular, Habtoor Polo who have once again very generously provided the ponies and who are here this afternoon.
We hope that you have a great day.
The British Polo Day UAE Committee