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Polo in the UAE has come a long way since its humble beginnings when the game was played on sand. The lack of facilities, combined with the vision of founder Ali Albwardy to popularise the sport, led to the development of Desert Palm Polo Club in 1994, home to the internationally renowned Dubai Polo Team.
Photography By: Irina Kazaridi
Located 20 minutes away from Dubai's city centre, Desert Palm has become the epicentre of polo in Dubai and is recognised as one of the leading polo estates in the world. It provides an idyllic backdrop for numerous international tournaments and has put Dubai on the global sporting map.
In addition to housing first-class polo facilities, Desert Palm Polo Club is home to an award-winning boutique hotel, 85 exclusive residences, a riding school and Riding for the Disabled Association Dubai.
There are four manicured grass polo fields and a designated stick and ball area, with various training facilities including a track surrounding the grounds to work the horses.
Over 250 polo ponies are stabled, trained and played during the year with several Argentinean polo professionals on hand during the season, which runs from October to April.
Desert Palm Polo Club prides itself on having a multi-cultural and relaxed atmosphere, catering to all age ranges and players of all abilities, from beginners through to novices and professionals. The club holds practice chukkas for members and non-members (by invitation only) and endeavours to have the highest level of play. Private lessons and stick and ball sessions can also be arranged.
On Thursdays and Saturdays hotel guests and polo enthusiasts can enjoy watching chukkas from the hotel terrace.