Bin Desmal Brothers Claim Victory for ADCB in Pink Polo Charity Match
3000 Turn Out in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative
ADCB Tariq Bin Desmal lead the way to victory
30th October 2011
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Polo’s Emirati Bin Desmal brothers and Argentina’s Oscar Colombres combined to boost ADCB into the top spot at the second renewal of the annual Pink Polo charity clash on Saturday, defeating the Estee Lauder Polo Team, 5-3.
An afternoon of pink-themed family activities and free entertainment culminated in the high-class exhibition match at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club.
Abdullah and Tariq Bin Desmal scored a goal apiece while Colombres claimed three for ADCB. For Estee Lauder Polo Team, Naser Al Dhari notched once while Mattar Al Yabhouni scored twice.
“I am very pleased that we could win this match,” said Ahmed Bin Desmal afterwards. “As we suspected it turned out to be a very close and competitive game and it is always great to finish in front.”
ADCB Chief Marketing Officer Martin Scott said: “We are delighted that we have emerged the victors in this polo game and send our thanks and congratulations to our excellent Emirati players, the Bin Desmal brothers as well as their Argentine professional, Oscar Colombres, who have done us proud.
“We may have won the match, but we hope that the real winner today is the fight against breast cancer and the message that Pink Polo sends to the people of the UAE.
Guest at Pink Polo including HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Abul Aziz Al Nuaimi
Pink Polo was founded in 2010 by Carrie McNeil as a vehicle with which to raise awareness of the positive impact that early breast cancer diagnosis has on survival rates.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UAE and is the second-biggest killer of women in the country. If the disease is discovered and treated at an early stage, 98 per cent of sufferers will survive, yet only 30 per cent of breast cancer cases in the Emirates are diagnosed early.
“I have been really gratified by the levels of support that exist for Pink Polo in the UAE,” said Ms McNeill. “The whole community has really embraced this event in its second year and I would like to thank everybody involved for their hard work in making this year’s Pink Polo event even bigger and better than last year’s launch.
“I truly hope the Pink Polo message of early breast cancer diagnosis and treatment goes out into society as I know that by spreading the word we really can help save lives.
Guests at Pink Polo enjoyed pony and camel rides, falcon and horse shows, Pink nail polish changes and Pink Ribbon body art as well as a skydiving display from Skydive Dubai. Pink Polo was attended by several dignatires including
HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi and HE Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director General Dubai Health Authority .
One of the most important aspects of the day centred around the Pink Majlis where guests were able to talk to medical experts, meet breast cancer survivors, learn self-examination techniques and undergo free screenings at the Lifeline mobile mammography unit.
Pink Polo is organised by Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club in association with Health Authority Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) is Pink Polo’s Presenting Partner, Estée Lauder Companies is the team sponsor while the official partners include Abu Dhabi Airport Company, Al Fahim Group, Etihad Airways, Harlequin Marquee, Nexus, Omnia and St Regis Hotel as well as media partners, Abu Dhabi Week, Anazahra.com, Emirates Woman and Sport 360.
About Pink Polo
Pink Polo is a charity polo exhibition event organised in association with Health Authority Abu Dhabi, designed to support Breast Cancer awareness in the UAE. The event will take place on October 29nd in Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club and is free for the public to attend.
About Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club was founded 1997 and is a private, royal equestrian venue sprung up around the vision of the late President, Sheikh Zayed and today run under the patronage of his son, H.H Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nayhan.
Set in 300 hectares of lush grassland, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club showcases world-class polo and equestrian facilities, including eight polo fields, stables for over 200 top-class polo ponies and a 2,000-seater grandstand equipped with VIP entrance, media facilities and business centre. The Clubs colonial style Clubhouse includes dining facilities with outstanding views of the polo field as well as an opulent swimming pool and fully equipped gymnasium.
The club, known as one of the most prestigious and exclusive polo clubs in the region, is ideally situated just 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi City Centre and 15 minutes from Dubai Marina.
The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is the regulative body of the Healthcare Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ensures excellence in Healthcare for the community by monitoring the health status of the population.
HAAD defines the strategy for the health system, monitors and analyses the health status of the population and performance of the system.
In addition HAAD shapes the regulatory framework for the health system, inspects against regulations, enforce standards, and encourages adoption of world – class best practices and performance targets by all healthcare service providers in the Emirate.
HAAD also drives programs to increase awareness and adoption of healthy living standards among the residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in addition to regulating scope of services, premiums and reimbursement rates of the health system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
About The Founder
Carrie McNeill is the founder of Pink Polo. With a great passion for sport, Carrie has a 10 year background in Sports Marketing, lately as Head of business development for one of the regions leading Sports Management Agencies and now she runs her own business -Scott & Scandi, a boutique agency that developes event concepts that give back to the local community. She also works for Ghantoot Racign & Polo Club as the marketing manager of the property and polo team under the chairmanship of HH SheikhFalah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Carrie McNeill Tel: +971 (0)50 545 7674
Winning team ADCB Polo Team together with dignitaries and sponsors
About the Presenting Sponsor-ADCB
ADCB was formed in 1985 and as at 30 June 2011 employed over 3,813 people from 49 nationalities, serving over 480,000 retail customers and over 33,000 wholesale clients in 45 branches, 4 pay offices and 1 kiosk in the UAE and two branches in India. It is the third largest bank in the UAE and second largest in Abu Dhabi by assets, at AED 179 bn as at 30 June 2011.
ADCB is a full-service commercial bank which offers a wide range of products and services such as retail banking, wealth management, private banking, corporate banking, commercial banking, cash management, investment banking, corporate finance, foreign exchange, interest rate, currency, derivative and Islamic products, project finance and property management services.
ADCB is owned 58.08% by the Abu Dhabi Government through the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. Its shares are traded on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market. As at 30 June 2011, ADCB’s market capitalisation was AED 17 bn.
For more information, please contact:
ADCB, Corporate Communications Department, Tel: +971 (0) 2 696 2380,Fax:+971 (0) 2 610 9852