Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club January 12th January, 2012:
Ghantoot Polo Team Bids To Retain Emirates Open Crown
Hosts Face Crack Sides From ADCB in first game of the Annual Event
The second tournament of the season at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club gets
underway on January 14 at the Royal Abu Dhabi Club when Ghantoot opens
against ADCB Polo team.
Ghantoot triumphed over ADCB in the final of this event last season, thanks only
to a golden goal, and both sides will feel there is a little unfinished business to be
played out on the Royal club’s polo field next month.
Ghantoot Polo team will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten record this season
after storming to victory in the recently-concluded Golden Polo Cup at the club.
Hasan Nasser Al Deen, Ass. Managing Director said: “The dust has only just
settled from one of the most exciting Golden Cups we have hosted here. We are
looking forward to more of the same from our players in the Open and hope that
the UAE community will come out in force to support the event.”
The teams will consist of some of the most talented Emirati polo players as well
as high-goal Argentine professionals.
Hugo Barabucci, newly arrived argentine professional said: “We have been
practicing hard for this tournament, which is one of the most important in our
season. I’m looking forward to some highly competitive games.”
Held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, the preliminary matches will take place on January
14, 16 and 18 with the final on January 20.
All matches are open to the public and free to attend.
For more information contact:
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club: Carrie McNeill, Marketing Manager
Note to Editors:
About Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club was founded 1997 and is a private, Royal
equestrian venue sprung up around the vision of the late President, Sheikh Zayed
and today run under the patronage of his son, H.H Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al
Set in 300 hectares of lush grassland, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club showcases
world-class polo and equestrian facilities, including eight polo fields, stables for
over 200 top-class polo ponies and a 2,000-seater grandstand equipped with
VIP entrance, media facilities and business centre. The colonial style Clubhouse
includes dining facilities with outstanding views of the polo field as well as an
opulent swimming pool and fully equipped gymnasium.
The club, known as one of the most prestigious and exclusive polo clubs in the
region, is ideally situated just 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi City Centre and 15
minutes from Dubai Marina.
About the Gold Sponsor-ADCB
ADCB was formed in 1985 and as of June 30, 2011 employed over 3,813 people
from 49 nationalities, serving over 480,000 retail customers and over 33,000
wholesale clients in 45 branches, 4 pay offices and 1 kiosk in the UAE and two
branches in India. It is the third largest bank in the UAE and second largest in
Abu Dhabi by assets, at AED 179 bn as of June 30, 2011.
ADCB is a full-service commercial bank which offers a wide range of products
and services such as retail banking, wealth management, private banking,
corporate banking, commercial banking, cash management, investment banking,
corporate finance, foreign exchange, interest rate, currency, derivative and
Islamic products, project finance and property management services.
ADCB is owned 58.08% by the Abu Dhabi Government through the Abu Dhabi
Investment Council. Its shares are traded on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market.
As of June 30, 2011, ADCB’s market capitalisation was AED 17 bn.
For more information, please contact:
ADCB, Corporate Communications Department, Tel: +971 (0) 2 696 2380,
Fax:+971 (0) 2 610 9852, +97150 830 31 00