Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge
Nancy Ajram
Lebanese Singer and Unicef ambassadeur Nancy Ajram

While San Francisco was seeing rain, a few notable San Franciscans were enjoying the warm weather of Dubai during the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge recently held at the Desert Palm Resort and Polo Club in Dubai.

Ali Al Bawardi
Ali Al Bawardi and CEO of Cartier Bernard Fornas

The event (now in its 5th year) took place under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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Team Julius Bar play team Desert Palm

Every year, this elite event gathers together royalty, celebrities, VIPs from the Dubai social scene and fans of the ‘sport of kings’ to a spectacular performance by the world’s best polo players competing for the Maillet d’Or Cartier trophy.

After a week of competition against the Cartier, Qatar Airways and Julius Bar teams, the Desert Palm team has won the 5th edition of this international tournament, which perfectly reflects the passion, sophistication, elegance, and tradition of Cartier.

Nicolas Roux and Louis Ferla
Nicolas Roux and Louis Ferla
Ali Al Bawardi and CEO of Cartier Bernard Fornas
Ali Al Bawardi and CEO of Cartier Bernard Fornas

H.E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali, Minister of Health of the UAE along with Bernard Fornas, President & CEO of Cartier International and Louis Ferla, Managing Director of Cartier Middle East presented the winning teams with the Desert Palm and Cartier trophies. Following the prize giving ceremony, Cartier presented the proceeds of the LOVE Initiative for UNICEF with a sizable check. Ayman Abu Laban, UNICEF’s Gulf Area Representative, received the donation which will be used to fund their programs in the UAE.

 Hikmat Al Kaytoub
Hikmat Al Kaytoub
Vikram Rathore
Vikram Rathore and Friend
Carla Abboud
Carla Abboud
 Nader Saab
Dr. Nader Saab and Mrs. Annabella Hilal

Photos: Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Cartier