Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private bank, has announced that it will be the title and a team sponsor for the Dubai Gold Cup 2016, part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, for the second consecutive time.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), the UAE’s premier polo tournament, will take place from Friday, February 19, 2016 to Friday, March 11, 2016. A record number of teams will vie for this year’s title.
A high-profile panel will conduct a live draw for the highly-anticipated tournament at The St. Regis Dubai at Al Habtoor City on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10am in the Astor Ballroom.
The panel will consist of Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the event, and Patron of the Julius Baer Polo Team by Habtoor. He will be joined by Daniel Savary, Julius Baer’s head of the sub-region Middle East; Karl Hamer, Managing Director, Al Habtoor Motors (Bentley Emirates); Cesar Ruis, Julius Baer Gold Cup Tournament Director. Also present will be Rainer Kern from German watchmakers Moritz Grossman, new sponsors of the tournament.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18 goal handicap competition, is part of the Gold Cup Series. It immediately follows the McLaren Cup 2016. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The tournament, played under HPA rules, is now in its seventh year. It has grown significantly since inception.
Mohammed Al Habtoor said, “Each year the event gets better and better. This year we are proud to host nine strong teams, so the competition is going to be very tough.”
The event is played at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club in the Arabian Ranches.
Commenting on the Bank’s sponsorship, Daniel Savary, Head of the Sub-Region Middle East at Bank Julius Baer said: “We are proud to continue our partnership with the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series in 2016, the UAE’s most prestigious equestrian event. Throughout our long lasting heritage spanning 125 years as the leading Swiss private bank, we have championed values like innovation, consciousness of tradition – all traits that are recognisable elements of the polo’s dynamics.
As an organisation which strives to deliver high quality performance and excellence, understanding our clients’ evolving needs is our unique differentiation in the market both locally and globally. And as such, we continue to reaffirm our affiliation with polo and associate our brand with leading cultural events that are valued by the local community and our clients. Such events enable to us reiterate our commitment to the Middle East and the UAE in particular as they form part of the Bank’s core strategic priorities in terms of capturing strong wealth creation dynamics here.”
Winners of the Julius Baer Gold Cup will be awarded with an iconic timepieces worth half a million dirhams, while Subsidiary Cup winners will receive a Bentley car for the period of one month.
The teams include:
Abu Dhabi Polo Team: Patron Faris Al Yabhouni
Bin Drai Polo Team: Patron Saeed Bin Drai
Edrees Polo Team: Patron Sultan Edrees
Ghantoot Polo Team: Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Julius Baer Polo team by Habtoor : Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
Mahra Polo Team: Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
UAE Polo Team : Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Wolves Polo Team: Patron Ahmed M Al Habtoor & Khalaf Rashid Al Habtoor
Zedan Polo Team: Patron Amr Zedan
Indicative of its long lasting commitment to polo, Julius Baer was previously the title sponsor of the Julius Baer Beach Polo Cup from 2013 to 2014, and the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge from 2010 to 2012. Julius Baer has also supported other international events such as the Audi Polo Awards held in London and the Ascona Polo Cup in Switzerland.