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Abu Dhabi - 04/01/2016
Held in the name of the president, the H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Polo Cup comes under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, and is expected to commence this coming Tuesday Jan 5th at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club.
The event is a unique opportunity to be a part of an exclusive state-of-the-art Polo experience. The sixteenth season, two-week long tournament, is considered one of the most prestigious in the Middle East.
Qualification games of the H.H UAE President Polo Cup welcomes the participation of 7 teams, Mahra, Al Habtoor, Abu Dhabi, UAE Polo, Zedan Saudi team, Ben Drai, and Ghantoot team the organizer and host of the tournament.
The Grand Finale will take place the coming January 15th 2016, a date known as Abu Dhabi’s “must attend” sporting event.
The Cup announcement came earlier this week during a press conference held at the club in the presence of H.E. Saeed Bin Houfan Al Mansouri, Club’s Vice-Chairman, Mr Ahmed Al Nuaimi; Managing Director of Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club; Mr. Fadhl Al Mansoori; Representative of Abu Dhabi Sports Council; Mr.HumayonAlam; General Manager – Sales Infinity; Al Masoud Automobiles; and Dr.Magdi Abdel-Mahdi, Director of external communications at ADCB (main sponsor), alongside the media.
During the conference, which was headed by Al-Mansoori, he conveyed greetings of His Highness Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for the new year, wishing all the participating members good luck in this upcoming main event Especially recognizing it with (18 Hand Caps) a high level ranked tournament.
The tournament witnesses a distinctive participation of the most prominent players and teams in the region, most notably HH Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who left a positive spark last season, pushed championship level higher and increased audience involvement.
“Completing more than 20 years, Ghantoot witnesses the participation of ten teams in the 16th edition of the tournament, which confirms a remarkable progress of this particular game within the UAE,” said Al-Mansouri.
Ahmed Al Nuaimi, praised during his speech, the directions of His Highness Sheikh Falah Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club Chairman for providing all necessary requirements that promoted the success of the tournaments and the club. “HH President of the UAE Polo Cup 2016, has three groups, teams will be distributed within the groups according to the draw,” he said.
“We would like to extend our recognition to the main sponsors of the event, notably, our governing partner Abu Dhabi Sports Council; Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank for their continuous contributions to the success of the club’s activities, as well as Ahalia Hospital; YAS TV our media partner; Al Masaood automobiles with Infinity car; Wien Proudctions; Beverly Hills Polo Club; Ayaso Boutique; The Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island; Forever Rose London; Department of Transport and Comic Con and all those who contributed to the success of this prestigious event,” Al-Nuaimi said. .
It’s worth mentioning that the annual tournament, which will commence in its 16th edition witnesses a great participation of an elite group of highly skilled players, whom sparked during the last tournament, Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum won the best local lady player title during the local tournament after her great efforts of pushing her team to the semi-finals.