HISTORY OF POLO

2000 YEARS OF SPEED, GRACE AND GOALS

Take a step into the world of polo, an influential sport known as “The Sport of Kings”. Its origins find their roots in the mists of antiquity, with history recording the ancient Persians playing some 2,500 years ago. The Chinese also lay claim to a polo tradition dating several thousands of years. Most likely, these ancient civilizations adopted the sport from the Central Asian nomads who roamed the vast plains of the continent on horseback.

Historical references to polo date from the reign of Alexander the Great when it served as a training exercise for the Persian cavalry. As Alexander and other conquerors swept across Asia, they carried the game with them.

It was in India, six centuries later, that polo was played for the first time by British tea planters. They in turn brought the sport back to England in 1869 from where the game began its rapid ascent in popularity across the world - an ascent that continues to this day.

The Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club is unique in that it celebrates the sport’s history while making it accessible to all levels, ages and abilities. Join centuries of high-achieving sportsmen and master or hone your skills in this quintessential epitome of sporting prestige.