The Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge 2015 was held at the Desert Palm Resort & Polo Club on February 21. Celebrating its 10thanniversary, the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge took place under the patronage and in the presence of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein – wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
One of the most prestigious happenings on Dubai’s sporting and social calendar, the event was attended by Royals, celebrities, socialites, and of course some of the most recognised polo players in the world. In a thrilling final, the Desert Palm team featuring Rashid Albwardy and Alan Meeker took the win, defeating the UAE Polo Team patroned by HH Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum 10-4. Unfortunately, the morning’s sandstorm had forced the cancellation of the subsidiary Desert Palm Trophy on pony welfare grounds and so Cartier Red and Abu Dhabi agreed to tie for third place.
Among the notable attendees at the event were HRH Prince Abbas bin Ali bin Nayef of Jordan accompanied by his wife, HRH Princess Sima Al Abbas and HRH Princess Yasmine Bint Asem bin Nayef, Marques of Blandford George Spencer-Churchill, Ambassador of La Martina, American socialite Olivia Palermo and Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama. Following the game, guests continued to enjoy a wonderful atmosphere and admire the elegant setting of the event, delighting in Cartier’s exquisite hospitality. Spectators enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea at this social gathering of the season. Throughout the afternoon they were welcomed at the Cartier Villa that was transformed beautifully to premiere the new Clé de Cartier watch creations.