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DUBAI: A destination for polo and luxury

Horseback riding has always been a part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is often associated with the horse world through its iconic Arabian breed. In addition, Dubai is famously known for the Dubai World Cup, where Thoroughbred race horses compete for a 27 million dollar prize. In addition to the falcon and the Ghaf tree, the horse is an iconic symbol of the UAE that is thought to represent chivalry and pride in addition to their role as companions and transportation

With a surplus of horses and a great appreciation for their abilities, the UAE was the perfect place for polo to grow. Dubai has become an international destination that is sought out by equestrian lovers, travelers, lifestyle and luxury seekers  that are inspired by the  amazing destinations and activities including the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, and the Palm Jumeirah.

A Global City of Luxury

Located in the heart of the city, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and an epicenter of activity in Dubai. With observation decks at levels 124 and 125 of the 828 meter high building is the perfect place to get the best view of the city.

Located next to the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall is the second largest mall in the world. At over 1 million square meters, the mall has more than enough space for its 1,200 retail stores ranging from the casual to the luxury. Visit the U.S. Polo Assn. store or head to Louis Vuitton, there is something for all.

Although an entire day could be spent at the Dubai Mall, there are even more luxury enterprises to be discovered beyond the city at Palm Jumeirah. The man made island built in the shape of a palm tree is one of Dubai’s top luxury resort locations. The Palm Jumeirah includes several luxury hotels including the Atlantis resort and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, a five star luxury hotel surrounded by the Arabian Gulf with a view of the skyline.

Al Habtoor Polo Club

An epicenter for all things sports, the Al Habtoor Polo Club was built in 2015 and the surrounding resort in 2016. The destination for high level polo from Feb-March each year and luxury living year-round.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup is one of the most high-profile events in the polo world. Today, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup tournament has grown to include five high-goal tournaments and is an exhibition of the best polo players across the globe. These events are supported by sponsors like U.S. Polo Assn., Bentley, Insignia and more.

This major social and sporting event attracts huge crowds every year that include high-profile and celebrity guests who travel from around the world to watch the tournament and enjoy the event’s live music and gourmet foods.

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Written in collaboration with Lily Brennan

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