In the heart of the mesmerizing AlUla desert, an event like no other is set to unfold - the third edition of the Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo, a spectacle that seamlessly blends the worlds of luxury, sport, and unparalleled natural beauty. This remarkable tournament, scheduled from January 17 to 20, promises an experience that transcends the boundaries of traditional polo, set against the stunning backdrop of AlUla’s breathtaking canyons.
In collaboration with the Saudi Polo Federation (SPF) and held during the Winter at Tantora festival, this year's Richard Mille Desert Polo is gearing up to be grander than ever. The event has become a cornerstone in the global equestrian calendar and a highlight in Saudi Arabia's sporting agenda, attracting some of the sport's most illustrious players.
One of the main draws of the event is the presence of the legendary Adolfo Cambiaso, often hailed as the greatest polo player of all time. His participation, alongside his son Poroto Cambiaso and teammates from La Dolfina, one of the world’s best polo teams, elevates the tournament to new heights. The addition of Pablo MacDonough, Richard Mille's ambassador, only adds to the star-studded roster, promising an unparalleled showcase of skill, speed, and sportsmanship.
Eight teams will compete in a series of adrenaline-packed matches over four days, each featuring a lineup of one professional player, an international patron, and another dignitary. The prestigious Desert Polo trophy awaits the victors, with formidable competition standing between the teams and the coveted prize.
Rami AlMoallim, Vice President of Destination Management and Marketing at the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), expressed excitement about the tournament's return, anticipating record-breaking attendance. The event has indeed become a spectacle that transcends boundaries, attracting audiences young and old from near and far.
Peter Harrison, Richard Mille EMEA Chief Executive, emphasized the brand's commitment to the development of polo in Saudi Arabia. The 2024 edition promises to be a remarkable showcase of some of the world's best polo players against the enchanting backdrop of AlUla, marking an exciting moment for the global polo community.
Since its debut in 2020, the Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo has evolved into a flagship event on the international equestrian calendar and a vital component of Saudi Arabia's sporting landscape. Welcoming royalty, dignitaries, and patrons alongside elite players, the tournament has solidified AlUla's status as a premier international polo destination.
AlMoallim emphasized the deep-rooted connection between Saudi Arabia and horsemanship heritage, culture, and the arts. The Desert Polo tournament serves as a celebration of this enduring legacy, further establishing the Kingdom's bond with the 'Sport of Kings.'
What sets the 2024 edition apart is its inclusion of professional female players for the first time. The Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo is not only a showcase of athleticism but also a step forward in promoting gender inclusivity within the sport.
Attendees can anticipate not only world-class polo but also a luxurious experience, featuring hospitality befitting the event's stature, live entertainment, and an incredible atmosphere. This is more than a sporting event; it is an immersive and opulent affair that promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
As the Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo returns for its third edition, it continues to redefine the boundaries of traditional sporting events, offering a unique fusion of sporting excellence, luxury, and the enchanting beauty of AlUla. Mark your calendars; this is a "must attend" event for those seeking an unforgettable experience at the intersection of elegance and excitement.