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Thrilling Victory: Habtoor Polo Team seals the Gold Cup 2024


Match Replay:

In an exhilarating Bentley Cup Semi Final, AIX Mahra faced off against Ghantoot Polo Team. The match kicked off with a strong start from Ghantoot Polo Team, but AIX Mahra fought back fiercely, scoring an impressive 4 points in the third chukker. Despite their efforts, Ghantoot Polo Team secured victory in the final chukker with a back-to-back scoring spree, clinching the 2nd runner-up position. The Bentley Cup showcased intense polo action, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.

Match Progression: AIX Mahra vs Ghantoot Polo Team
1-3 | 2-5 | 6-7 | 8-9 | 8-11

Top Scorer: Teodoro Lacau

The thrilling Gold Cup finals kicked off with Dubai Wolves by CAFU securing the initial goal, but Juan Juaretche of Habtoor Polo swiftly responded, advancing their scores in the first chukkers. The chukkers witnessed unpredictable victories, with both teams scoring consecutively. Showcasing remarkable teamwork, Habtoor Polo‘s Benjamin Panelo and Santiago Laborde fought back with resilience after each score. In a captivating turn of events, Dubai Wolves by CAFU leveled the score with Habtoor Polo just 10 seconds on the final chukker, leading to a golden chukker to determine the ultimate winner. The game concluded with Habtoor Polo scoring the decisive goal, clinching the title of ultimate winners of the Gold Cup 2024, leaving the crowd in awe of their exceptional performance.

Match Progression: Habtoor Polo vs Dubai Wolves by CAFU
2-1 | 4-3 | 5-5 | 9-7 | 10 – 10 | 11 – 10

Top Scorer: Juan Juaretche

Joseph Tayar, General Manager of Bentley and Mr. Saeed Bin Drai, Vice Chairman of the UAE Polo Federation  honored and presented the awards to the teams of the day.

Bangash Polo Team by Dodson&Horrell
Patron: Haider Bangash

Haider Bangash (0)
Alfredo Capella (8)
Tomasito F. Llorente (7)
Facudo Kelly (3)

Dubai Wolves Polo by CAFU
Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor

Habtoor Al Habtoor (1)
Felix Esain (6)
Santiago Laborde (6)
Benjamin Panelo (7)

Mahra Polo Team by AIX Investment Group
Patron: Tarik Al Habtoor

Tarik Al Habtoor (1)
Juan Cruz Guevara (4)
Teodor Lacau (7)
Jacinto Crotto (7)

Habtoor Polo Team
Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor

Mohammed Al Habtoor (0)
Juan Jaureche (7)
Jose Araya (5)
Bautista Bayugar (8)

UAE Polo Team
Patron: HH Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

HH Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (0)
Lucas Monteverde Jr. (6)
Tommy Beresford (7)
Federico Von Potobsky (5)

Ghantoot Polo Team
Patron: Nasser Al Shamsi

Nasser Al Shamsi (1)
Cesar Crespo (6)
Pablo Llorente (6)
Marcos Araya (7)



Bentley Emirates has been the official dealer and sole authorized importer for Bentley Motors in the UAE since 1983. Operating as a part of Al Habtoor Motors Prestige Division, Bentley Emirates held the title for “Number 1 Dealer in the World”  for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017), and regained the title again in 2019. In 2022, Bentley Emirates won ‘Retailer of the Year’ and ‘Sales Retailer of the Year’ at the Middle East and Africa Bentley Regional Dealer Conference. Officially launched in 2016, Bentley Dubai Showroom is the largest Bentley showroom in the world. Another state-of-the-art showroom was opened in Abu Dhabi later in 2020.

With four decades’ experience in the luxury automotive market, Al Habtoor Motors is one of the leading automobile distributors in the UAE, recognized with providing exceptional quality and first-class service. Al Habtoor Motors also has one of the largest aftersales facilities in the world, located in Dubai Industrial City. 


MAK Engineering Consultancy

MAK Engineering Consultancy is a professional engineering consulting firm, established in 2008 in Dubai, UAE, with an unlimited floor towers, to provide engineering design services for the various market sectors, including industrial manufacturing, corporate owned facilities, educational, hospitality, health care and development services.


KLUDI is a contemporary high-end brand for sophisticated bathrooms and high-quality kitchens. A perfect combination of 100-year tradition as a German fittings specialist and water expert with pioneering innovations and perfectly formed design. KLUDI solutions convince through German engineering and premium quality, high reliability in their function and sustainability in their use, an incomparable and timeless elegance in design.

Hildon Water

Hildon is an English Natural Mineral Water which lies deep within the chalk hills of Hampshire, as a result it is of the highest quality. Bottled at its source on the Hildon Estate in Hampshire and Imported from the UK, it is distributed exclusively by Top Shelf Beverages in the region, Hildon Natural Mineral Water is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016.

Diamondlease L.L.C

Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental and leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate and Individual customers in the UAE. Diamond lease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements.

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003. Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.


U.S. Polo Assn.

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the non-profit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the oldest sports governing bodies, having been founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through over 1,200 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores and thousands of department stores, sporting goods channels, independent retailers, and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel for men, women, and children, as well as accessories and footwear in more than 190 countries worldwide. U.S. Polo Assn. was named one of the top global sports licensors alongside the NFL, NBA, and MLB, according to License Global. and follow @uspoloassn


PLTV is the first online streaming polo site, broadcasting over 25 tournaments LIVE per year around the globe, reaching +200k viewers. The production and edition of exclusive content makes PLTV the most comprehensive polo channel in the world.

Al Badia

Since 2008, Al Badia is the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact, it is a tribute to the age-old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.

Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.

Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.

Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.

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Dubai Sports Council

Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.

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The UAE Polo Federation

The UAE Polo Federation is the official governing body of the sport of polo in the United Arab Emirates. The association has been organized to promote the game of polo with the goal of improving the sport, coordinating the activities of its affiliated clubs and registered players and providing rules, handicaps and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, including the safety of participants.

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* All tournaments are subject to the regulations and guidelines issued by the authorities.


Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (DPGC) was founded in 2009 by Mohammed Al Habtoor, patron of the Habtoor Polo team and Chairman of the UAE Polo Federation DPGC Series started out with one tournament – the Gold Cup (Dubai Open) – and has grown into a series five premier Polo Tournaments in the Middle East – the Silver Cup, Gold Cup, Polo Masters Cup, Dubai Challenge Cup and the Dubai Cup. The tournaments under the DPGC are recognized by World Polo Tour (WPT), ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide. The Gold Cup is one out of the four tournaments in the world that is played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.

The DPGC Series is one of the most important annual tournaments in the region having its home ground in the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, annually attracting VIP’s, dignitaries, local and international media, society figures, and famous personalities.

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