On December 12, 2015, the final of the 11th Cartier International Polo Dubai Challenge kicked off. More than 500 guests came to the Ali Albwardy Desert Palms Hotel and Polo Club to attend the event. The event was supported by His Royal Highness Princess Mohammed bin Rahed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Chief of Dubai, and became a local sporting and community event.
Italian Celebrity Bianca Brandorini and Cartier Middle East, India and Africa Regional Leader Laurent Gabori with Habtoor Polo Team and Desert Palm Polo Team
Italian Celebrity Bianca Brandorini and Cartier’s Middle East, India and Africa Regional Leader Laurent Gabori at the final day event
Cartier Middle East, India, and Africa Regional Director Laurent Gabori, Royal Forest Polo Club Director Neil Hobday and Italian supermodel and socialite Bianca Brandorini watched the competitive polo game in the Royal Box of the Polo Club in the center of Dubai .
Desert Palm and Habtoor polo teams in final day match
On the final day, four teams competed, with athletes from the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Argentina and Spain. In the final, the Desert Palm Polo Team defeated the Habtoor Polo Team 8-4 to win the Cartier Special Trophy.
Zedan Polo Team and Cartier Polo Team
Desert Palm polo players Tariq Almwardy and Rashid Al Habtoor took the trophy from Bianca Brandorini and Laurent Gabori, and teammate Matias Machado won the Etiqueta Negra Most Valuable Player title. In the third and fourth place matches that started on the same day, the Zedan polo team defeated the Cartier polo team to win.
Final Day Awards Ceremony
Final Day Banquet
The Cartier International Polo Dubai Challenge is one of several well-known international polo events sponsored by the brand. Other events include the Royal Forest Polo Club and the Queens Cup at Windsor Grand Park, and the St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup.