The teams for the The Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge have been announced and play will take place from 15th – 18th February 2011 at the luxurious Desert Palm Polo Club in Dubai.
Under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, four pro-am polo teams will compete:
|Team Cartier||Team Bank Julius Baer|
|Adriano Agosti (CH) 0||Amr Zedan (KSA) 0|
|Saeed Bin Drai (UAE) 1||Farez Al Yabhouney (UAE) 0|
|Nicolas Petracchi (ARG) 4||Alfredo Capella (ARG) 4|
|Salvador Ulloa (ARG) 7||Rodolfo Ducós (ARG) 5|
|Team Guards Polo Club||Team Desert Palm|
|Gary Shepherd (UK) -1||Rashid Albwardy (UAE) 0|
|Kassem Shafi (PK) 0||Clive Reid (UK) 0|
|Vieri Antinori (ARG) 5||Martin Valent (ARG) 5|
|Nacho Gonzalez (UK) 6||Peter Webb (UK) 5|
The Desert Palm Polo Club features 26 guest rooms, a spa, two restaurants, bar, gourmet deli-café, infinity pool, landscaped gardens and views of the Dubai skyline. The property is located on a private estate, originally created as a haven for owner Ali Albwardy’s personal enjoyment of polo, which includes four polo fields, riding school, stabling facilities for over 300 horses and 90 residential villas.
With interior design by Miaja Design House, Singapore, Desert Palm’s guest accommodation includes 13 Palm Suites with views over the main polo fields and estate grounds, four one-bedroom Pool Villas, each with private pool, six two-bedroom Pool Residences, and a contemporary inspired Presidential Suite, Villa Layali, also with its own private pool.
During the presentations on Finals Day of the tournament, a donation will be made to North Star Alliance. This African-based charity is building a network of roadside health clinics at transport hotspots across Africa. These clinics will enable both long distance lorry drivers and the surrounding communities to have sustainable access to basic health care.