13th Silver Cup 2023 Tournament Fixture Announced at an Annual Press Conference and Live Draw



The high-goal polo season in the UAE is set to kick off on the 21st of January 2023 with the Silver Cup tournament. The Dubai Polo Gold Cup organization hosted a press conference and held the live draw at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort where the official fixture of the tournament was announced.

The first tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (DPGCS), the Silver Cup, will be played at a 20-goal handicap for the first time since its inception.

Five tournaments fall under the umbrella of the DPGCS:

  • Silver Cup (20-goal handicap), 21st January to 4th February
  • Gold Cup (20-goal handicap) from 11th February to 4th March
  • Dubai Challenge Cup (8-10 goal handicap) from 11th – 18th March
  • Polo Masters Cup (6-8 goal handicap) on 3rd – 8th April
  • Dubai Cup (6-8 goal handicap) from 08th – 13th May


The World Polo Tour (WPT) recognises all the tournaments played under the DPGCS and ranks them amongst the top polo competitions in the world. Several of these are played in categories such as WPT Championship Cup, WPT Cup, and WPT Challenge Cup. The DPGCS started in 2009 with tournaments carrying a handicap of 10-12 goals and has grown to host teams playing in 20-goal handicap matches which are on a par with world-class polo events held in Argentina, USA, UK, and Spain.

Mohammed K. Al Habtoor, founder of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said: “I am thrilled to be introducing this year’s 20-goal-handicap Silver Cup. This is the call for all our homegrown teams to rise us and elevate their game, bringing the finest display of polo on our fields this season.

He continued: “We welcome the five teams partaking in this challenge. I continue to be grateful for the continued support of sponsors, partners, the patrons, the Dubai Sports Council, and the local and regional polo community. I look forward to seeing the new roster of players that each team has chosen to compete with this year and ultimately lift the most coveted polo trophies in the region.”

He added, “As the Chairman of the UAE Polo Federation, my passion for the sport will never cease. My primary goal is to ensure the longevity of polo through the collaborative effort of the team and the respective clubs in the country. We strive to consistently provide a robust and inclusive polo calendar for players from all levels.”

The final of the Silver Cup will be on 4th February 2023 on the grounds of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. The list of five participating teams include:

  • UAE Polo Team (Patron: HH Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
  • AM Polo Team (Patron: HH Sheikha Alia Al Maktoum)
  • Bangash Polo Team (Patron: Haider Bangash)
  • Dubai Wolves (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
  • Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor)

The Silver Cup 2023 is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires. The tournament falls under World Polo Tour’s WPT Cup Category, where winners will be awarded 60 points, finalists with 30 points, semi-finalists with 15 points and remaining players with 8 points.



Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (DPGCS) was founded in 2009 by Mohammed Al Habtoor, patron of the Habtoor Polo team. It started out with one tournament - the Gold Cup (Dubai Open) - and has grown into a series five premier Polo Tournaments in the Middle East - the Silver Cup, Gold Cup, Polo Masters Cup, Dubai Challenge Cup and the Dubai Cup. The tournaments under the DPGCS are recognized by World Polo Tour (WPT), ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide. The Gold Cup is one out of the four tournaments in the world that is played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. 

World Polo Tour Tournament Ranking:






Rest of Players

Silver Cup






Gold Cup

WPT Championship Cup





Dubai Challenge Cup

WPT Challenge Cup





The DPGCS is one of the most important annual tournaments in the region having its home ground in the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, annually attracting VIP’s, dignitaries, local and international media, society figures, and famous personalities.




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