As the annual Beach Polo Cup Dubai 2017 presented by Nissan fast approaches, Sam Katiela reveals his top tips on how to fit in with Dubai’s polo elite – from what to wear, the phrases to perfect and how to impress your friends.
Whether you’re reveling in the live spectacle for the very first time, or you’re casually intrigued to know more about this beach format version of the ‘Sport of Kings’, navigating a game of polo is no easy feat for a newcomer.
Fear not, we spoke to Sam Katiela, the gentleman behind the annual Beach Polo Cup Dubai to get the scoop on all you need to know when socialites from across the globe and the UAE descend on Skydive Dubai on 14 and 15 December. It’s way more than simply throwing ‘chukkas’, ‘hooks’, ‘goals’ and ‘backhands’ around – so have a read, and good luck, old chap!
What to Wear
“Easy and breezy, a long sleeved shirt is always in style and is never a fail and is the perfect way to look casual, smart and chic, whilst not forgoing your trendy aesthetic. There is always the signature polo shirt for men to slip on for a day at the Beach Polo, which will provide the perfect mix of city and country flair. Completing your look with a lightweight blazer can add the perfect finishing touch to your ensemble,” says Sam.
“Chino’s are the obvious choice when it comes to trousers for the Beach Polo. Not only are they a classic item, but they are easy to style and befittingly definitely on trend. And don’t forget a casual belt should accompany the pants; however stay away from a dress pant belt, as you don’t want to take away from the effortlessness of the look. We think you can’t go wrong with a pair of crisp white or muted beige chinos styled with a white linen shirt.”
Top it off:
“Look stylish in a Panama hat, jackets and collared shirts! Come down to watch the heart pounding polo action.” Don’t worry there are multiple bars at the event, so you won’t miss your glass of grape!”
Learn the Key Lingo
“If the thought of a polo conversation leaves you backing nervously out of a room, step back inside,” insists Sam. “Here’s your must-have guide to polo phrases and the meanings, so now you can sound just like any other polo pro out there. You’re welcome!”
Mallet: A “stick” that is used by players to hit the ball. So far, so straight-forward.
Arena: The playing area, which should never be called a pitch or a field.
Chukka: the periods of play, each lasting 7 to 7.5 minutes. There are normally four chukkas per match. Throw in the phrase: ‘Wow, that was a brilliant chukka!’ for extra points.
Throw in: A chukka begins and many plays resume with the umpire bowling the ball between the two teams. Come down and see some VIPs doing a cheeky throw in!
Handicap: All players are rated between 2 – 10, the higher the better.
Tickets are now available for both days at www.platinumlist.net priced from AED60 for the Shams Zone, with cash bars available and AED700 for the VIP Majlis Zone, which includes entry to the event, high table seating and unlimited food and beverages. For further information, please visit www.beachpolocup.com or follow the latest news through Facebook: www.facebook.com/DubaiBeachPoloCup; Twitter: www.twitter.com/beachpolocup; and Instagram: www.instagram.com/beachpolocup.