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A Dazzling Desert Escape
Celebrating British Polo Day


The epitome of elegance, glamour and global connection.

British Polo Day is a cherished highlight of the Polo calendar and an event Royal Salute has proudly supported for nearly 10 years.

In December 2023, Royal Salute travelled to the stunning shores of Dubai to host a remarkable showcase of the best polo talent from around the world, inviting a group of VIP guests to experience an unforgettable weekend of extravagant Middle-Eastern hospitality.

Under the dazzling Dubai sun, guests descended on the Al Habtoor Polo Resort for a day of remarkable sporting action. Alongside the traditional polo matches, where titans of the game battled it out in a thrilling display of sportsmanship, guests were treated to an unlikely addition to the usual calendar – camel-back polo.

This thundering spectacle saw two players riding each camel, one to steer and one to swing the mallet, a task requiring exceptional skill and communication between teammates. Elegant spectators watched on in awe, accompanied by refreshing Royal Salute cocktails to ease the heat of the day.

As sunset fell after a remarkable showcase of Polo, the Royal Salute bar ignited with activity as guests enjoyed the taste of the latest Polo Edition, The 21-Year-Old Jodhpur Polo Edition.

The day was followed by an enchanting dinner and intimate whisky tasting hosted by Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador, Malcolm Borwick. The traditional quaich ceremony concluded the evening’s festivities, where guests stand on their chairs holding the quaich overhead to prove that it’s empty.

The following day as the final chapter of the Royal Salute British Polo Day experience, guests were transported into the depths of the Dubai desert at dusk, for a truly magical evening of Middle-Eastern culture and cuisine at NARA Desert Escape.

Fire dancers, hawk handlers and traditional musicians created a truly enchanting atmosphere, immersing guests in the best hospitality Dubai has to offer. A three-course meal accompanied by Royal Salute whisky pairings was the perfect way to conclude a spectacular celebration of polo, providing a taste of the unique charm and allure of the polo lifestyle.


Photographs by Samuel M Churchill.