Polo at the Palace: Emirates Palace to host ‘Sport of Kings’ in Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi’s internationally renowned 5-star destination, today announces that it will host Coutts ‘Polo at the Palace’; a two-day tournament set to be one of the most exciting events in Abu Dhabi’s social calendar. Taking place on the Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November 2012, the iconic Emirates Palace will provide the spectacular backdrop for this glamorous event right in the heart of the city. The tournament is inspired by popular London event ‘Polo in the Park’, which has pioneered the city polo series by bringing the classic sport to a contemporary cosmopolitan audience.
Set amidst the grandeur of Emirates Palace’s 100 hectares of private gardens, a custom-built polo field situated on the West Lawn (one third smaller than a regular polo field) will draw the audience into the very centre of the action. With admission restricted to a select 1,000 people per day, guests visiting ‘Polo at the Palace’ will be treated to a fantastic, up-close view of the game and be one of a lucky few to enjoy the spectacular Palace and myriad facilities.
Four teams representing some of the world’s leading centres of finance and fashion – Team Abu Dhabi (sponsored by Coutts); Team London (sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels), Team Milan (sponsored by Maserati), and Team Buenos Aires – will battle it out for the Coutts Polo Cup over two days of unmissable action. Whist polo ponies and riders dash back and forth, guests will be treated to mouth-watering cuisine by Emirates Palace’s esteemed culinary team, under the expert eye of newly-appointed Executive Chef Sandro Gamba, in the exclusive pitch-side VIP Hospitality Tent or in one of the five Private Chalets.
Meanwhile, Emirates Palace will also showcase a cultural display by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, an exclusive pop-up La Martina boutique for those inspired by the ‘polo look’ and a Maserati showroom which offers an unprecedented opportunity to test drive the new Gran Turismo! And, in keeping with the glamour of this star-studded event, iconic British designer Stella McCartney will unveil her newest collection in a one-off show in these palatial surroundings – her first fashion show in the United Arab Emirates.
Mr Bugra Berberoglu, Emirates Palace General Manager comments, “We are delighted to host the first ‘Polo at the Palace’ tournament. As one of Abu Dhabi’s most traditional, iconic and beautiful landmarks, Emirates Palace is the perfect backdrop for this stylish and exciting event. We look forward to welcoming some of the most influential figures in Polo, and showcasing Abu Dhabi’s hospitality and glamour on an international stage”.