DUBAI: The Julius Baer Gold Cup, the region’s largest polo tournament, returns for another year under the Patronage of Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
The draw for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019 fixture was held on Sunday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup (DPGC) Series.
The Gold Cup (Dubai Open) now in its tenth year, is one of the five mid to high-goal tournaments that fall under the umbrella of the DPGC Series. It has grown in parallel with the city of Dubai and is the only tournament in the UAE (along with the Dubai Challenge Cup and the Dubai Silver Cup, also part of the DPGC Series) to be certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) since 2012.
The Gold Cup is part of the WPT Championship Cup which is considered as the highest competition in terms of points and awards 80 points to its winners, 40 points to the finalists, 25 points to the semi-finalists and 10 points to all other participating players.
Only four other tournaments in the world are competed in this category under the WPT.
The Dubai Open is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) with tournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019 will officially kick off on Monday, Feb.18 with eight teams competing until Friday, March 8 for the prestigious title and trophy.
Mohammed K. Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman & CEO of Al Habtoor Group, Founder of the DPGC Series and patron of Habtoor Polo team was joined during the draw by Regis Burger, Head Middle East, Julius Baer (Middle East) Ltd., Trevor Weller, Prestige Director, Al Habtoor Motors (Bentley Emirates), and Santiago Torreguitar, Tournament Director of the Emirates Polo Association.
Al Habtoor said, “As a team patron and a polo enthusiast, I am excited to have eight strong teams with remarkable top-ranking players join us for the Julius Baer Gold Cup this season.”