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03 December 2013
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club and Abu Dhabi Sports Council to mark UAE National Day with a commemorative polo match
Marking the UAEs 42nd National Day, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club to unveil the largest UAE flag
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, the Club will be holding an exhibition polo match between Ghantoot Team and Abu Dhabi Sports Council team on Friday, November 29, 2013, to mark the UAE’s 42nd National Day.
Several activities will be held on the sidelines of the exhibition game to attract public attendance. The gates will open at 3:00 p.m. for the public who are invited to attend free of charge, followed by the national anthem and a show to be performed by Dubai Military Band.
The display of the largest flagin the UAE will start at 10:00a.m, in Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club measuring 2500m. Long and 6m.wide, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Club. The flag has been designed by the Emirati young man Abdullah Al Hosani, the display of the flag will be with the assistance of SanidProgramme and Zayed Implant Voluntary Group.
Ghantoot team will be made up of Nasser Al Shamsi, Nasser Al Dhaheri, Faris Al Yabhouni and the Argentinean player Diego Cossio. Opposing team will be made up of Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Abdullah bin Desmal, Ali Al Merri and the professional player Oscar Colombres.
It is expected that the match will draw big crowds with the existence of a number of experienced UAE national players playing alongside professionals.
The exhibition match is held by the Club shortly after the charity match of pink polo which was held by the Club in support of the breast cancer awareness drive in cooperation with the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
On the occasion of the National Day, H.E. Saeed Bin Houfan Al Mansouri, Vice-Chairman and Mr. Ahmed Al Nuaimi the Managing director of Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, congratulated H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, as well as the Supreme Council members and Rulers of the other emirates and the people of the United Arab Emirates.
H.E. Saeed Bin Houfan affirmed that the celebration of the National Day holds special meaning and significance, which prompted the Club to hold a commemorative match and several other events in order to celebrate the occasion with the public.
He also expressed his thanks and appreciation to H.H. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for sponsoring the exhibition match. “The Club sponsors all events and activities which are in the interest of society, out of our belief in the significant role played by sport in general and polo in particular in attracting members of the masses who are keen fans of the sport. The Club also sponsored the breast cancer awareness drive through the polo sport, and we are prepared to provide support to all segments of society through the polo sport in our Club,” he added.
Mr. Ahmed Al Nuaimi said: “We are honored to host this tournament under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Club, and to support Abu Dhabi Sports Council, which is the least we can offer for our beloved country on this occasion which we cherish dearly. We sincerely hope that the public of all segments, UAE nationals or expatriates, would attend on Friday to enjoy this tournament and watch the display of the largest UAE flag, as well as enjoying the various events which will associate this massive sports festival, as a host of prizes and gifts will be distributed to the attendees.”