The schedule of Gold Cup 2022 (Dubai Open) tournament was officially released at a press conference and live draw held in Al Habtoor Polo Resort hotel. The event welcomed the presence of the sponsors, media and participating teams.
The prestigious Dubai Open is held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and is scheduled on 14th February until 5th of March. The tournament will have eight teams vying for the coveted cup of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup (DPGC) Series.
The Gold Cup is one of the five tournaments of the DPGC Series and is now on its 13th year. The tournament is recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and played under the WPT Championship Cup which is considered as one of the highest competition in terms of points. It awards 125 points to its winners, 65 points to the finalists, 45 points to the semi-finalists and 30 points to all other participating players.
It is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates that is played in this category, on a par with tournaments held in Argentina, Spain, UK and USA. The tournaments under the DPGC Series are follows Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) rules and plays under the provision of its umpires.
This year, the Dubai Open has received support from numerous sponsors – Auto Millennium Group, Gulf Business Machines, PROW, and Plutas Trading.
Mohammed K. Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman & CEO of Al Habtoor Group, Founder of the DPGC Series and Patron of Habtoor Polo team were joined by HE Saeed Mohammed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, Gareth Bernett-Jones, Managing Director of Auto Millennium Group and Santiago Torreguitar, Tournament Director of the UAE Polo Federation.