Dubai’s polo season is a highlight of winter, drawing fashionably dressed crowds to rather lavish days of polo matches and unforgettable evening parties. The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is a huge crowd-pleaser and the perfect intro to polo-watching. Make a day of it with your besties – just be sure to don your Sunday best.
Head to the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club for the Julius Baer Gold Cup, which begins February 23. Ten teams from the UAE will be participating, but even if your group of polo novices doesn’t really know the teams, the spectacle of the event is impressive enough. Decked in your suits or dresses and fascinators, arrive early to secure a great spot on the grass for prime views of the polo players as they thunder down the field. You’re more than welcome to pack a picnic, but the heavenly aromas from the food and drink stalls may tempt you over for a bite of something there.
Or – do you want to really make like high society? Claim your spot in one of the swanky VIP tents, where you and your friends watch the matches as butlers stop by to ensure you’re never without a drink and gourmet canapés. When you’re not watching the matches, wander to catch the huge variety of non-polo entertainment: A cheerleading show, a sky dive demonstration, fashion shows, and a horse show – though, of course, the true star equines will be the ones on the field.
Speaking of the field, make sure you pay attention: Between matches, spectators are called upon to walk onto the field for divot stomping. Gather your group and find a spare section of the field to push down the ground that has been torn up by galloping horses and sturdy polo mallets. (Our tip: Wear some shoes you aren’t afraid to get dirty!). When the matches of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup wind down, the nighttime events are just getting started. Make your way to the Gold Lounge – a chill-out area during the day and an al fresco dance floor at night – to dance as DJs spin their smooth grooves into the evening.