British Polo Day Dubai - presented by Land Rover – entertained over 450 VIP guests and thousands of picnickers at the prestigious Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

Marking the beginning of the region’s biggest equine weekend, this was the season finale of the British Polo Day UAE Series.

The who’s who of UAE society joined some of world’s most influential business figures for one of Dubai’s most hotly-anticipated social and sporting events. Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, joined Mohammed Al Habtoor to showcase the best of Dubai polo. VIP guests included British Ambassador Dominic Jermey, British HM Consul General Edward Hobart, The Right Honorable Nicholas Soames MP, Sir Maurice and Lady Audrey Flanagan, Jeremy Hackett, fashion designer Zaeem Jamal, celebrity entrepreneur Hugo Taylor, art dealer Frederik Ferrier, and Dubai TV personality Uma Ghosh.

Arriving in chauffer-driver Range Rovers, VIP guests were greeted with a Taittinger reception and an entertaining Hackett Camel Polo Cup match, featuring members of the elite Cavalry and Guards Regiments of the British Army. Following their triumph at last week’s British Polo Day Abu Dhabi, Captain Kit Philp once again led the InterContinental London Park Lane Cavalry team to a five – one victory against Gaucho Guards.

Next to mount the camels were Eton College and Harrow who provided the compelling backdrop to British Polo Day Dubai’s quintessential British lunch on the Club Terrace. This Prince’s Cup match saw the Eton Team easily defeat the Harrow team by three goals to nil.

Following lunch, players from Oxford and Cambridge went head-to-head in the Gaucho Cup. It was a thrilling and fiercely-competitive game in which the Jaeger-LeCoultre Cambridge team eventually won seven goals to one against the Oxford Group Holdings Oxford team.

The day culminated in the landmark Land Rover Thesiger Trophy, closely fought between the British Exiles and Habtoor Polo, our hosts and the generous patrons who have firmly put the UAE on the global polo ‘map’. This was the sixth time that Habtoor Polo have battled it out for the prestigious prize – and, once again, the home team Habtoor Polo emerged triumphant with an eight – five victory.

As the sun set over the polo fields, players and guests gathered for the British Polo Day Dubai prize giving. The dashing Jeremy Hackett presented the Hackett Cup to Kit Philp, Captain of the Hackett Cavalry Camel Polo team. British MP Nicholas Soames then presented the Prince’s Cup to Ben Vestey, Captain of the Eton Camel Polo team. The coveted Gaucho Cup was presented by HM Consul General Edward Hobart and MP Brooks Newmark to the triumphant Jaeger-LeCoultre Cambridge team and, finally, the sought-after Land Rover Thesiger Trophy was presented by His Highness Sheikh Shakboot bin Nahyan al Nayhan and Land Rover’s Justin Weaving to Mohammed Al Habtoor. Holland & Holland’s ‘Shot of the Day’ went to Habtoor’s unbeatable Guillermo Cuitino.

Meanwhile, pitch-side style stakes were high among the spectators with prizes for Zaeem Jamal’s ‘Best Dressed Female’ and Hackett’s ‘Best Dressed Male’ chosen by the ever-glamorous Louise Nichol, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.

Celebrated womenswear designer, Zaeem Jamal then set the tone for the evening’s celebration with a spectacular fashion show under the stars in the Club’s beautifully-lit courtyard. The VIP afterparty continued late into the night at Dubai’s hottest night-spot XL Beach Club.

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