While the polo playing world in the UK is dominated by the Royal family and Jilly Cooper, in Dubai it’s one of the top sports, with a large following and impressive international standings. Whether you want to play or watch, Dubai’s infamous polo yards will be able to help you out.
Boasting stables as nice as most hotels and scores of leading riders, Dubai is one of the best places in the world to head to for polo. Huge events such as the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge, and the Julius Baer Beach Polo Cup take place throughout the year, so it’s well worth organising your trip around their dates.
Get dressed up in all your finery and head to the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, to watch the finest ponies and players in the world go head to head, in fast, furious chukkas. Surrounded by UAE royalty – as well as big names from home and Argentina – you’ll feel the ground shake underneath you for weeks afterwards.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup has put Dubai at the forefront of the international scene, so take any chance to watch a match during this series: the combination of elite horsemanship and precise ball skills will take your breath away.
For those of you slightly more daring, why not have a go yourself? The Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club offers polo lessons and tasters, and while they may be on the pricey side, are well worth it. If you want to get close, but not that close, check out some of the Dubai City tours, which will take you on guided tours around the jaw-dropping stables and grounds of some of Dubai’s oldest venues.