The inaugural Dubai Cup gets underway today at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club.
The tournament will see five teams go head to head for the right to be crowned maiden winners of an event dreamed up by Mohammed Al Habtoor, founder of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series.
The five teams contesting the tournament will be Mahra Polo, UAE Polo, Bin Drai Polo, Habtoor Polo and Dr A Polo. Mahra, UAE and Bin Drai will all be hoping to go one better than earlier this season, with all three having tasted defeat in finals.
The UAE team were beaten 10-4 by Desert Palm in the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge in February. Last month, Bin Drai were beaten 9-7 by Zedan in the Julius Baer Gold Cup final and Mahra also suffered a two goal defeat in the Bentley Cup final, going down 7-5 to Abu Dhabi.
The medium tournament, with an 8-10 goal handicap, kicks off with two matches today, one tomorrow and two on Wednesday, with the top four teams playing the final and third/fourth place playoff on Friday.
“The Dubai Cup 2015 is a great addition to the polo circuit in Dubai,” said Al Habtoor, patron of the Habtoor Polo team.
“I launched the Dubai Polo Gold Cup in 2009 and it has grown into one of the most prestigious and highest handicap polo events in the region. Tournaments like these enhance Dubai’s position as a leading polo destination.”