Sunday, July 21, 2024

A haven for horse lovers

by Joanna Andrews

The Al Habtoor Group, renowned for creating unique destination in Dubai, is proud to bring another luxury landmark to the city: the recently opened Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club in Dubailand. Joanna Andrews takes you on a tour of the luxury equestrian development, designed with the horse lover in mind.

If you are a horse lover, then the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club is a must! The luxury development has everything a rider could want under one roof.

The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club

The centerpiece of the six million square foot equestrian haven is The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a five-star luxury hotel that marks the legendary brand’s first-ever equestrian inspired resort worldwide. The Andalusian style hotel exudes a serene level of sophistication. Reinforcing Dubai’s standing within the global polo circuit and St. Regis’s rich polo history dating back to the Astor period, the resort is designed around four polo fields.

The resort features 151 guest rooms including 30 suites and 25 villas. All Deluxe Rooms, Lady Astor Suites and Royal Suites overlook the lush green landscape of the polo fields, each personified with the legendary St. Regis Butler Service.

From services to amenities, the resort’s five-star experience will be nothing short of regal.


The distinct surroundings offer premium stabling for a string of top quality horses and an academy to improve skills in show jumping, dressage and polo. The 520 stables are exquisitely appointed in an Andalusian style, with wide aisles under s pantile pitched roof. Windows add natural light, and the vaulted ceiling provide additional ventilation, complemented by full air-conditioning during the summer months.

The stables are serviced by 70 turnout paddocks, lunge areas, 5 horse walkers and 2 international competition arenas, in addition to the 4 polo fields, riding and exercise tracks.

Riding School

The riding school facility is set within the exclusive equestrian development boasting 54 hectars of lush green surroundings. It caters for new riders through to experienced equestrians. An expert team of fully qualified professional instructors, offering both group and private lessons.

Top class facilities include two large flood-lit training arenas and five horse walkers. Also on offer is a year-round riding track around the park, and a cross country course as well as the desert at your door step ready to explore.

The Al Habtoor Riding School offers riding lesson, desert riding, poly club activities and camps, stable management sessions and evening rides.

Polo: The Sport of Kings

The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club offers exclusive polo facilities and four world-class polo fields to meet the expectations of local and international players. The Polo Academy is designed to cater to all levels of players from those embarking on their first tournament, to those embracing the ultimate, high goal polo. The annual polo calendar ranges from high goal tournaments to challenge and league matches as desired throughout the season.


An upmarket gated community consisting of 120 contemporary villas ranging from 3-5 bedrooms in a stunning setting alongside a cluster of St. Regis-branded villas. Residents can enjoy all the equine offerings in state-of-the-art facilities or simply watch the world go by from their luxurious private haven.

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