Kinnarps Cup Polo Tournament Commences Five-Day Program Today

Published April 2nd, 2006 - 10:47 GMT

Kinnarps of Sweden today announced its team player line-up for the Kinnarps Cup 2006 which begins today and finishes with the gripping grand final on 6 April, 2006 at the exclusive Desert Palm Polo Club.

Growing from a four team event last year to a five team tournament in 2006, the highly anticipated Kinnarps Cup 2006 will have teams sponsored by Kinnarps, as title sponsor, Dutco, Lexus, IFA Hotels & Resorts and Royal Jet.

Each team is made up of excellent professional and local players making the tournament the most exciting yet. All five teams will play two matches over the next three days with the finals taking place on the fifth day with two highest scoring teams playing for 1st and 2nd place and remaining three taking part in a round robin for runners up.

Today’s matches will see Kinnarps vs Royal Jet and IFA Hotels & Resorts vs Dutco, while Monday’s play will feature Lexus vs Dutco. Another two matches will be played on Tuesday in the run up to the final on Thursday 6 April.

Local professionals at the Kinnarps Cup 2006 will include Robert Thame, polo manager for Ali Albwardy and member of the Dubai Polo Team. Other professionals include Argentinean Nicola Petracchi, who is also polo manager for Saeed Bin Drai together with Gabriel Inglesis and 6-goalder Justo del Carril.

In addition to the local professional line up is overseas polo player, Johnny Good. The English professional is a regular player in the Alcatel team and has played in the European Championships.

In terms of local players, Kinnarps is privileged to have some of the UAE’s most renowned polo enthusiasts participating including Tariq Albwardy, Rashid and Mohammed Al Habtoor, Satish Seemar, Neil McLean and Saeed Bin Drai.

Complementing the tournament is Jim McEnteggart, affectionately known in the UK as ‘the voice of polo’ who will be retuning to the Kinanrps Cup to commentate for the event. And Motorola will kindly be presenting Motorola RAZR V3i, SLVR L7, and SLVR L6 mobiles to the lucky winners and umpires of the final match.

Invited guests to the tournament final on Thursday 6 April can look forward to an array of exciting activities including gourmet food & beverage, luxury prizes with Lexus, Motorola and Jebel Ali Hotels & Resorts offering prizes for the ‘Pick the Winner’ and ‘Highest Goal Scorer’ competitions.

Details of the activities, sponsors, players and team members can all be found on


About Kinnarps
Kinnarps is the Middle East’s leading provider of efficient workplaces. The first Kinnarps Middle East office opened in Dubai in 1992 followed by further offices across the region including Muscat, Riyadh and Jeddah.

With a client list boasting Microsoft, Shell and Sony Ericsson, Kinnarps was the first business in the region to supply turnkey workplace solutions, a unique proposition that has grown to become Kinnarps' key selling tool in the market today. This has since been
developed and improved upon to provide all aspects of design, furniture, construction and project management.

Founded in 1942 in the small village of Kinnarp in Sweden, the business has developed in to a leading edge company supplying office solutions and workplace efficiency expertise to clients worldwide. Employing 3200 employees in 28 countries worldwide, Kinnarps is currently Europe's third largest office furniture manufacturer, operating one of the most advanced and efficient production facilities in the world.

About Lexus – Al Futtaim Motors
The Lexus brand was launched in 1989 in the UAE and is exclusively distributed by Al-Futtaim Motors.It is a brand that is well known to UAE motorists, and is synonymous with luxury vehicles that have exceptional build quality, and with a level of service that focuses on providing outstanding customer care and satisfaction throughout the ownership experience.

All over the world, Lexus teams relentlessly strive to provide customers with the vehicles and ownership experience that discerning customers expect from a luxury car brand. Indeed, the Lexus brand was recently ranked number one in the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Customer Retention StudySM..

The current Lexus stable includes the ultimate 4x4,the legendary LX470, the LS430 flagship sedan, the elegant ES300, the sporting GS430 and GS300, the highly desirable SC430 sports convertible, and now the  new  RX350.

The new RX 350, which is on display at Kinnarps Cup 2006, now has a new powerful and smooth 3.5-litre V6 engine that provides improved performance and fuel efficiency. The RX 350 is now even more responsive and quieter, and retains  the sleek and elegant styling that have made it such a sought-after SUV for many years, with a very loyal and satisfied  body of owners.

The history and development of the Dutco Group of Companies is inextricably interwoven with that of Dubai itself. The establishment of Dutco dates back to 1947, when leading local businessman, Mr. Yousuf Baker, established Dubai Transport Company.

From these beginnings, the company has grown steadily and today there is virtually no aspect of Dubai's infrastructure development in which the Dutco Group does not play a part, with successes extending well beyond Dubai and the UAE.

The Dutco Group of Companies has construction activities which include civil engineering work, mechanical and electrical engineering, drainage and tunneling, dredging and pipeline engineering.

However the Group is well-diversified and has significant interests in petrochemicals, luxury hotels, shipping, logistics and freight services, manufacturing and real estate.

About Royal jet
Royal Jet was inaugurated in May 2003 by a joint ownership of the Amiri Flight, the Airline of the Royal Family of the UAE, & Abu Dhabi Aviation, with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, Capital of UAE.  As the leading luxury flight services company, Royal Jet promises to deliver the finest executive charter services to the flourishing VIP & business aviation market in the Arabian Gulf, wider Middle East region & internationally.

Royal Jet currently offers four distinct business lines: VIP Aircraft Charter with its own fleet of 4 Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), 2 Gulfstream (G300), & one Challenger (CL300) along with an Augusta Bell (AB139) VIP helicopter and other managed aircraft, Royal Med, the Medical Evacuation service (Medevac) specialised in medical air transfer worldwide, Aircraft Management, Acquisition & Consultancy for private jet owners, & Fixed Base Operation (FBO) that offers ground handling services to all executive aircraft flying into Abu Dhabi airport.

About IFA
IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA H&R) are leaders in the development of premier integrated and mixed-use hotel and tourism resort projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean region and Africa

Listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of US$ 1.3 billion, IFA H&R’s main shareholder is Kuwaiti based International Financial Advisors (IFA). IFA H&R  listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Feb 27th 2006.

Globally, IFA H&R has entered into strategic alliances and Joint Venture partnerships with leading companies such as Kingdom Hotel Investment Group (Saudi Arabia), Nakheel (UAE), United Investments Portugal, Savills (United Kingdom), a strategic alliance with RCI (part of the Cendant’s Group) and Moreland Developments (Pty) Ltd (South Africa).

IFA H&R aims to link its resorts to new parts of the globe, such as the US, the UK, Mauritius, Eastern Europe and the Far East. This will offer investors and tourists access to world class facilities through a network of hotels, residential resorts, vacation and residence club destinations.


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