After just three years competing professionally in the UAE, Abu Dhabi Polo has been invited to participate in the prestigious Coutts Polo at the Palace tournament, due to take place November 23-24, 2012. As the first major polo event to be held in the city of Abu Dhabi, the event is understandably significant.
Team captain, Faris Al Yabhouni, expresses the importance of the event. “Coutts Polo at the Palace has chosen the perfect venue,” says Al Yabhouni. “Not only will it become a highlight in the city’s annual events calendar, but it will unite lovers of the sport and strengthen the bond within our community. We are very patriotic and are looking forward to this event attracting new crowds to our great city.”
Formed in 2009, Abu Dhabi Polo was built on passion and determination. The newly formed team stole the limelight from some of the most established names in the UAE polo circle, with astounding performances in 2011 and 2012. The team has competed in many high profile events including Cartier Polo, H.H President of UAE Polo Cup and the UAE Nations Cup. From reaching the semi-finals at the Royal Jet Silver Cup 2011 to a suspenseful triumph at the Threadneedle Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2011, it was clear Abu Dhabi Polo were not a team to dismiss due to their young age. A phenomenal win at the Dubai Polo Silver Cup 2012 cemented their status as a leading UAE-based polo team. Abu Dhabi Polo is determined to continue their unprecedented success and maintain their winning streak for the 2012-2013 polo season.
“We are proud that Coutts chose Abu Dhabi for this year’s event,” Al Yabhouni adds. “It highlights the recent growth of the leisure industry in the city and we owe a big thank you to Emirates Palace and the sponsors for giving us the opportunity to play the sport we love on our home ground. We hope this is the first of many more events to come.”