The Beach Polo Cup Dubai presented by Nissan and held – for the third consecutive year – under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, will return to a purpose-built arena at Skydive Dubai on December 14 and 15.
Traditionally held in April, the Beach Polo Cup Dubai has moved to a temperature-friendly December billing that promises to entertain the UAE’s fun-loving socialites in the last big sporting event of the year. Residents will be joined by tourists and celebrities from around the world, as the eighth outing of the two-day event ups its beach party feel with extended field-facing seats in the spectacular Shams zone and more post-polo entertainment than ever before.
In typical Dubai-style glamour, the Beach Polo Cup Dubai 2017 is undergoing its largest reconfiguration since debuting in 2004, offering Dubai’s residents and visitors an unmissable social weekend of sport, fashion and entertainment. With organisers eager to preserve the prestige of the beach polo format version of the sport, the addition of live DJs and won’t-want-to-miss after-parties will engage a younger and more social crowd over two nights of forehands, backhands and goals galore.
One of the region’s premium homegrown sporting events, the prestigious beach polo concept – born in Dubai and created by mamemo productions – will see four teams of local and international polo personalities clash starlight on Thursday night before the Grand Finals on Friday bring about a crowd-friendly conclusion to Dubai’s annual sporting calendar.
“We launched the sport of Beach Polo as a brand-new concept back in 2004 and the event has gone from strength-to-strength with every passing tournament,” says Sam Katiela, Managing & Creative Director, mamemo productions. “Today it is a major milestone in the Dubai sports calendar and one of the city’s key sporting events.”
Gaby Katiela, Tournament and Event Director added, “With a new December date, a greater capacity for spectators, a larger variety of F&B options and a much more inclusive and hip festival spirit, we are transforming the reputation of polo from its traditional Sport of Kings mantle into a sport for everyone to enjoy. Our all-inclusive event which takes place under the stars will attract not only the who’s-who of the local, regional and international polo community, but a hip, fun-loving crowd looking to socialise with friends in a chic environment at an affordable price – this year’s event will include our most price-conscious tickets to date.”
“Equestrian sports are an important part of the social fabric of the UAE and since its conception, the Beach Polo Cup Dubai has successfully placed Dubai on the map, showcasing prominent talent in the equestrian arena. Being part of the Beach Polo Cup Dubai 2017 is a testament of our commitment to not only launch innovative cars that excite, but to support home-grown initiatives that remain at the heart of the local culture as well. With this year’s new format, we look forward to yet another successful edition,” commented Kalyana Sivagnanam, President for Middle East & Regional Vice President for Africa, Middle East and India, Nissan.