Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
2017 Silver Cup fixture announced
January 17, 2017
On Monday, January 16th, at the Al Habtoor Group offices, the organising committee conducted a live draw for the 2017 McLaren Cup. The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18-goal competition, enters its eighth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The tournament is now the highest handicapped in the UAE.
The Dubai Open has been split into two competitions. Starting with the McLaren Cup, which runs from Saturday January 21st, to Friday February 3rd. The second tournament, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, commences on Friday, February 18th, and ends on Friday, March 10th.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. First founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and since 2012, it is the only tournament in the UAE to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the Gold Cup being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires is managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.
Mohammed Al Habtoor, founder of the tournament and patron of the Habtoor Polo team stated: "This year there are seven teams playing the McLaren Cup and ten teams for the Julius Baer Gold Cup, further evidence that the tournaments continue to grow. The Dubai Open has helped put the UAE on the world polo circuit. Each year the competition gets better and better, and we attract some of the best polo players in the world."
The participating teams will include some of the best World Polo Tour players, including 10-goal superstar and triple Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina, Pablo Mac Donough; Nicolas Pieres, who was recently raised to 10 goals after his superb performance in the Argentine Open; Lucas Montverde (9-goals); Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (9-goals); Guillermo Terrera (8-goals); Ezquiel Martinez Ferrario (8-goals), and many others, who have come directly from the Argentine Open.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup will be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai.
Seven polo teams will be participating in the 18-goal McLaren Cup, including 2016 Champions, Zedan:
Mahra Polo - Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor
Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron: Saeed Bin Drai
Habtoor Polo Team - Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor
UAE Polo Team - Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Zedan Polo Team - Patron: Amr Zedan
Habtoor Wolves Polo Team - Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
Desert Palm Polo Team - Tariq Albwardy
The Silver Cup kicks off on Saturday with the following order of play:
2pm: Habtoor Wolves vs Habtoor Polo
Fixture & Teams