Game on! Gladiators ready for Beach Polo Cup Dubai 2017 presented by Nissan

Polo gladiators from Team Hills and Team Royal Pearl will get the Beach Polo Cup Dubai 2017 presented by Nissan underway this evening, before the hotly-tipped Team Nissan LEAF of Argentinian professional Matias Machado and Emirati brothers and patrons, Tariq and Rashid Albwardy, face Team Art Marine in the opening evening’s closing match.

Team Hills will rely on Argentinian Juan Jose Storni making an easy adjustment to the beach variation of the game in his first appearance at the Beach Polo Cup Dubai, while fellow professional and countryman Lucas Labat, a beach polo veteran, will be hoping that experience makes the difference for Team Royal Pearls. With the winners of each semi-final progressing to the Grand Final on Friday evening, the trophy-decider will be preceded by a third and fourth play-off match.

The team draw for the 13th Beach Polo Cup Dubai tournament took place at the Palazzo Versace Dubai – the tournament’s official hotel partner – on Wednesday ahead of the two-day tournament starting at 8pm on Thursday at its purpose-built venue at Skydive Dubai.

“The draw is complete and we’re all set for a fantastic start to the tournament,” said Gaby Katiela, Event & Tournament Director. “The next two days will see some of the top polo players competing on the Dubai sand, with a schedule of live DJs, horse stunts and a Team Z7 horse dance and dressage show keeping fans entertained in-between matches and after each day’s play.”

For the very first time, the Beach Polo Cup Dubai 2017 presented by Nissan has limited tickets available in the VIP Majlis Zone at AED700 per person, including event entry and high table seating with food buffets and selected beverages. This year’s event will also have greater capacity for spectators, with tickets in the ever-popular Shams Zone at AED60 per head, including entry to the event and free seating with F&B cash bars available. Live DJs will keep crowds entertained into the early hours, as guests continue the party long after the last chukka has wrapped up.

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