Last night, four teams consisting of professional and amateur players who participated in the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge debuted at Desert Palm to attend the grand opening ceremony and show shirts. Players, patrons and sponsors gathered to discuss the fast-paced polo competitions that will take place over the next four days. Among the players are Cartier Cartier sponsor Adriano Agosti. Cartier Cartier has an outstanding record and has won the 2012 Cartier International Cartier International Polo Dubai Challenge and China Challenge.
Cartier International Polo Dubai Challenge
There is also a new member of the Desert Palm team this year. She is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE and the chief of Dubai. Sheikh Mesa bin Mohammed bin La Her Royal Highness Princess Sid Al-Maktoum. Although Her Royal Highness was unable to attend the opening ceremony, she will play tomorrow in the first game of the Desert Palm team in the 2013 season. ‘The best team will win!’ Said Louis Ferla, general manager of Cartier Cartier’s Middle East, India and Africa region, as the title sponsor.
Cartier International Polo Dubai Challenge is sponsored by His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Miketum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and the Chief Executive of Dubai, His Royal Highness Princess Haya Binte Hussein Organized. Each match will take place in Desert Palm, Ali Albwardy, with team members staying at Dubai’s premier boutique hotel-Desert Palms Hotel & Spa. In order to ensure that players and horses play their elegant style, La Martina is once again appointed as the official team equipment supplier, and Porsche Centre Dubai, the official car supplier, will ensure that VIPs and players arrive on time. Pommery is also back in 2013, hosting a cocktail party after the final on Friday-a perfect end to this great event.
Venue & Time: Desert Palm Retreat and Polo Club February 18-February 22, 2013
2013 Cartier International Polo Dubai Challenge
Cartier: Adriano Agosti (Switzerland) 0; Saeed Bin Drai (United Arab Emirates) 0; Mariano Uranga (Argentina) 6; Juan Jose Brane (Argentina) 7.
Emirates NBD: Amr Zedan (Saudi Arabia) 0; Saad Audeh (Jordan) 0; Ignacio Heguy (Argentina) 9; Rodolfo Ducos (Argentina) 4.
CNN: Faris Al Yabhouni (UAE) 0; Jonathan Munro Ford (Australia) -1; Juan Ambroggio (Argentina) 7; Chris Hyde (UK) 6.
Desert Palm: HH Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (UAE) 0; Guillermo Healy (1); Martin Valent (UAE) 5; Facondo Castagnola (UAE) 6.
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