Desert Polo Comes To One Of Saudi Arabia's Most Stunning Landscapes
AlUla Desert Polo, the first tournament in Saudi Arabia to be held in cooperation with the Saudi Polo Federation, is to make its debut on January 16-18, 2020 as part of the Winter at Tantora cultural festival.
Rarely will Polo have been played on such stunning, stark landscape.
Held against the backdrop of one of Arabia’s best kept secrets - the UNESCO heritage site in AlUla, which officially opens to the public in October 2020 - the tournament represents yet another a milestone in Saudi Arabia’s sporting and journey, following the launch of high profile golf and motorsporting events over the last few years.
Inspired by the prestigious snow polo tournament held in St Moritz, Switzerland, Desert Polo is new concept in the “Sport of Kings” and will feature some of the game's most renowned players and patrons.
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Desert Polo, organised by the Royal Commission for AlUla in partnership with the Saudi Polo Federation, is one of the highlights of the three-month long Winter at Tantora festival, running from December to March and held in the historic and untouched region.
“This tournament is a celebration of the transformational journey that we are making in Saudi Arabia,” Amr F Zedan, Chairman of the Saudi Polo Federation and an international polo patron said. “Our goal in promoting this extraordinary event is twofold. We want to tap into the undiscovered sporting talent that we know exists among young Saudi men and women and encourage greater levels of participation in our sport.”
“We are also proud to use sport, and polo in particular, as a vehicle to showcase a truly unique destination and an incredible overall experience to the world,” he added. “Saudi Arabia has the capability, the infrastructure and, crucially, the will, to stage major events on the world stage and Desert Polo is just one example of this.”
Polo fans will experience the game in whole new way, and raising the profile of one of Saudi’s most untouched regions has been welcomed by Amr AlMadani, the CEO of the Royal Commission for AlUla.
“AlUla is a place that sums up to the world the rich and as yet widely undiscovered culture within Saudi Arabia,” he said. “A major contributor to the heritage in this part of the world is our peoples’ connection to the horse. Therefore, it is symbolic that we are showcasing the progress of modern day Saudi Arabia here, in one of our most significant cultural sites.”