The 10th Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge
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, the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge was held at Desert Palm Resort & Polo Club. 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 recognized polo players in the world. The Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge was first held in March 2006. This year, for the first time, six teams battled it out for the coveted trophy in what has become regarded as the most celebrated tournament of the year. 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. Guests included HRH Prince Abbas Bin Ali Bin Nayef of Jordan, HRH Princess Sima Al Abbas, HRH Princess Yasmine Bint Asem Bin Nayef, Marquess of Blandford George Spencer-Churchill, American socialite Olivia Palermo, and Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama.