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World's top polo stars to compete in Saudi Arabia

Al Ula UNESCO world heritage site to host Argentina's La Dolfina as part of kingdom's tourism push

World's top polo stars to compete in Saudi Arabia

Players from La Dolfina, fresh from their 11th victory in the Argentine Open, will swap the city of Buenos Aires for the towering sandstone mountains and sweeping canyons of Al Ula.

Players from the world’s most renowned polo teams, Argentina’s La Dolfina, are set to contest the inaugural Desert Polo tournament this month at the Al Ula UNESCO world heritage site in Saudi Arabia.

Desert Polo, which creates Saudi Arabian history as the first tournament held under the auspices of the newly formed Saudi Polo Federation, is to make its debut on January 16-18.

It will form a central showpiece of the Winter at Tantora festival, which celebrates the cultural heritage of the Al Madina Al Munawara region over a three-month period.

Players from La Dolfina, fresh from their 11th victory in the Argentine Open, will swap the city of Buenos Aires for the towering sandstone mountains and sweeping canyons of Al Ula, a site of civilisation dating back 200,000 years.

They will head one team each leading invited players and patrons from the world of polo in a two-day tournament.

Adolfo Cambiaso, the ten-goal founder of La Dolfina, who will be joined by teammates Pablo McDonough, David Stirling and Juan M Nero, said: “I’m looking forward to visiting Al Ula with the team. Polo has taken me all over the world but to play in an ancient heritage site with such strong horsemanship heritage is a first for me.

“I am honoured to be asked to participate in the first official polo event held in the country and very excited about the developments being made by the Saudi Polo Federation and what that means for the growth of our sport.”

Amr F Zedan, the chairman of Saudi Polo Federation, added: “Hosting players like Adolfo [Cambiaso] and Pablo [McDonough] adds a real star power to Desert Polo. Polo in Saudi Arabia is beginning its journey of development and we are incredibly proud to use this event as a vehicle to promote not only the changes that we are making in the governance of this sport but also as a way to promote the largely untouched beauty of our country.”

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