UAE Polo Emerges as the Champions of the IFZA Gold Cup 2023 Dubai Open


Dubai, UAE: 

In the IFZA Gold Cup 2023, the tournament's climax showcased the best polo teams of the season in a thrilling competition for the highly sought-after Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series trophy. The occasion was brimming with sportsmanship, live entertainment, elegance, amusement, and enticing rewards and presents for its audience and spectators.

The Bentley Subsidiary Final of the IFZA Gold Cup 2023 started with a fiery match between Ghantoot Polo and Dubai Wolves by CAFU, with Carlos Ulloa scoring the opening goal and Pablo Llorente Jr. quickly tying the match in the first chukker. The Patron of the Wolves, Habtoor Al Habtoor scored a great goal with Ulloa’s last second goal at the end, leading the team with two goals advantage towards the second. The Wolves had taken complete possession during the third, as the black shirted players of Dubai Wolves carved a 3 goal lead. In the final chukker, it was Teodoro Lacau from the Dubai Wolves who brought the score to a double digit, and with Ulloa ending the game at 11 goals to 8, that sealed the win for the Dubai Wolves by CAFU.

Match Progression:
1 – 1 | 3 – 1 | 6 – 3 | 8 – 5 | 11 – 8

Top Scorer: Marcos Araya and Carlos Ulloa – 5 goals

The final match of the Dubai Open 2023 was eagerly awaited, as it featured two of the strongest contenders of the IFZA Gold Cup 2023 tournament - the UAE Polo and IFZA Habtoor Polo teams.

Tommy Beresford nicked the first goal of the match for UAE Polo. Shortly after, Juan Jauretche and Bautista Bayugar scored one goal each for IFZA Habtoor Polo. The second chukker, opened with two back to back goals from Bayugar and two from Tommy Beresford, as the teams tied through the end of the second, with 4 goals to all. The next two chukkers were a quick exchange of goals, but UAE wrestled their way through and took the lead with one goal at the end of the penultimate chukker. With seven minutes remaining in the match, UAE Polo had their work cut out for them, as Lucas Monteverde Jr. and Tommy Beresford managed to create a three-goal cushion in the middle of the chukker. Bayugar managed to score a goal for IFZA Habtoor Polo, but in the end, it was Lucas Monteverde Jr. who scored the decisive goal, securing the ultimate win for UAE Polo as the two-time champions of the IFZA Gold Cup 2023.

Match Progression:
1 – 2 | 4 - 4 | 5 – 6 | 7 – 6 | 10 - 7

Top Scorer: Tommy Beresford and Bautista Bayugar – 6 goals

Mr. Martin G. Pederson, Chairman of IFZA awarded the teams at the IFZA Gold Cup 2023 final. Tommy Beresford as the Most Valuable Player. Nova, a polo pony ridden by Lucas Monteverde Jr., as the Best Playing Pony and Open Pollera Best Playing Pont Argentine Polo Breeding. 



IFZA is the most dynamic and truly international Free Zone Community in the UAE, optimising the country's strategic location, world-class infrastructure, and business-friendly environment. IFZA differentiates itself through its multi-national approach, providing personalised business establishment solutions through its network of Government Authorities and Professional Partners

Business owners and Employees can also benefit from a wide spectrum of value-added services within the IFZA ecosystem, including but not limited to property solutions, visa packages and training and development. The IFZA Business Park offers a wide variety of cutting-edge office facilities tailored to meet each Licensee’s individual needs and provides a professional, welcoming environment to greet clients, network with other businesses and thrive.



Bentley Emirates

Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world is the. As part of the Prestige Cars Division of Al Habtoor Motors, Bentley Emirates have been the sole authorized importer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1982. Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.

Bentley Emirates is set to open the doors to its new state of the art showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road the 2nd quarter of this year. This exciting development will be the first of its kind of automobile showroom experience where customers will not only come to see the range of vehicles but as well experience the World of Bentley.  Al Habtoor Motors also recently opened the world’s first Bentley Cafe & Boutique in heart of Dubai Marina on the ground floor of Al Habtoor Business Tower. It provides a perfect venue to mirror the elements that make up Bentley's DNA, which has both contemporary and classic elements.

About Al Habtoor Motors - Prestige Cars Division

Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Group, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques namely Bentley, Bugatti and McLaren in the UAE.




MAK Engineering Consultancy

MAK Engineering Consultancy is a professional engineering consulting firm, established in 2014 in Dubai, UAE, with an unlimited license, to provide engineering design services for the various market sectors, including industrial manufacturing, corporate owned facilities, educational, hospitality, health care and development services.


Diamond Lease:

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.


Total EM 

TOTAL Electrical & Mechanical LLC. are legends in Industrial Electrification. They deliver projects with integrity and commitment, ensuring high standards of safety and quality. TOTAL Electrical & Mechanical LLC. is a name to reckon with in the field of power system services like high & low voltage, and low current systems. A strong customer focused approach and the quest for top-class quality have enabled them to attain and retain the leadership position of being the best construction service provider in the UAE.


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.




Caelos - HM Lounge is a Dubai-based luxury watch retailer founded by Hossein Mahallati – Who has followed his Father’s Legacy and His Passion. His love for Luxury led him to open Dubai’s first Luxury Showroom. Where Luxury meets style – From the best Time pieces to Luxury Cars and Finest Diamond Studded Jewellery. 

HM Lounge offers a comprehensive range of services, including customization options, to make each piece truly unique and reflective of the customer's personal style and individuality. Hossein’s passion for luxury and style is evident in every aspect of HM Lounge. His expertise in luxury watches and Jewelry is unmatched.

At HM Lounge, luxury is not just about the product, but about the experience. The brand's story is about passion, expertise, and the pursuit of excellence, and it is this story that sets HM Lounge apart from its competition and resonates with its target audience. Whether you are a seasoned luxury watch collector or just looking to make a statement with your first timepiece, HM Lounge has something for everyone.

Located in the Hub of the City on Sheikh Zayed Round. HM lounge is your next Luxury Destination.

Lucia Clinic:

Lucia Aesthetic & Dermatology Center in the heart of Jumeirah is one of the foremost medical clinics in Dubai. Located near the iconic Burj Khalifa, opposite of Four Seasons resort, it is a pioneer in the field of non-surgical and surgical procedures.

Founded by internationally renowned Dermatologist and Anti-aging Specialist Dr. Radmila Lukian, Lucia Aesthetic Clinic prides itself on providing non-surgical and surgical treatments for all ages, ethnicities, and all skin types.

Utilizing the latest equipment and techniques, Dr. Radmila Lukian and her internationally trained staff are dedicated to providing the world-class face, skin, and body contouring with high-quality dermatology and laser services in a private and convenient setting.




Blacklane’s global chauffeur service brings peace of mind to travellers moving through a fast-paced world. The crew’s dedication to safety, reliability, and smart technology places Blacklane at the forefront of a new era of stress-free travel. Since 2017, the company has been carbon-neutral, combining a five-star guest experience with care for the planet. Blacklane offers a variety of personalised services including pre-booked and on-demand rides with an all-electric fleet of luxurious vehicles and our own team of professional chauffeurs accredited through The Blacklane Chauffeur Training Academy. 

Enjoy the journey as much as the destination with Blacklane download the app



Polo Line TV:

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, 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.



Founded in 2010, Sport360 is a premier digital publisher and sports consultancy in the Middle East and Nnorth Africa. Initially launched as a newspaper in the UAE, the brand also quickly established itself in the digital realm by creative innovative online platforms that have attracted more than 10 million followers.

Sport360 has launched an in-house, content-marketing studio in response to an increasing client demand for unique and inspiring content. We help brands have a deeper engagement with their target audience and provide the opportunity for clients to tell their story to the Sport360 audience in an authentic and creative way. In addition, Sport360 has an events division catering to the diverse consumer and business segments in the Middle East. Some of these events include the Sports Industry Awards (SPIA) to recognise and reward excellence, plus mass-participation events including the Beach Run Series. 



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.


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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