05 December, 2007

Polo tournament - Ghantoot

Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club will kick off its polo season with the‘’Emirates Open Polo Championship. ". 6 polo professionals from Argentina will compete. The matches will start at 4:00 p.m on 6th, 8th and 10th of December except the final match will start at 6:00 p.m. on 12th December 2007. General Public is welcome to come and watch the polo matches as there are no charges! For anyone who doesn't know Ghantoot, it's a private property by Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and located on Shk Zayed Road approx. 15 mins drive after Jebel Ali Freezone.
Enjoy it!


Keefieboy said...

Sh Falah? Name rings a bell.

EmiratesMac said...

"approx. 15 mins drive after Jebel Ali Freezone."

Assuming you're coming from the direction of Dubai ;-)

samuraisam said...

I'm not so sure I'd attend this event for fear of being beaten with a belt after declining a bottle of what definately wouldn't be alcohol.

Silvano said...

UAE sheikh to stand trial for 'sexually motivated' assault

David Pallister
Wednesday October 31, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

The brother of the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, one of the richest men in the world, is to stand trial in Switzerland for an alleged assault on an Italian-American businessman in the bar of an exclusive Geneva hotel.
Swiss prosecutor Daniel Zappelli has confirmed that 37-year-old Sheikh Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan will be tried on charges of assaulting Silvano Orsi with a belt in the La Reserve hotel four years ago.

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Mr Orsi, 39, claims that he was repeatedly attacked after refusing homosexual advances from the sheikh and has since been unable to work because of his injuries. The sheikh, in evidence to a pre-trial closed hearing last year, claimed that he merely had a 30-second scuffle after he was accused of being gay.
The case will be heard before a three-man tribunal that can impose a sentence of up to two years in prison.

Mr Orsi, of Rochester, New York, says he was having a late evening drink with a Saudi friend when the sheikh sent over an unsolicited bottle of champagne. It remained unopened on the table and a few minutes later, according to Mr Orsi, the shiekh came over and accosted him. When he resisted, the sheikh attacked him and beat him savagely his belt.

Despite the sheikh's bodyguards trying to intervene Mr Orsi says the assault continued as he retreated to the reservation desk. He says he sustained a herniated disc, nerve damage in his right leg and post-traumatic stress disorder. Before he left the hotel, Mr Orsi says, the Emirate's consul in Geneva arrived at the hotel and offered him €13,000 to keep quiet.

At the hearing last year Sheik Fallah admitted that he was annoyed when Mr Orsi refused the champagne but confronted him "after I was called gay," according to a transcript obtained by The Associated Press.

The sheik said he and Mr Orsi grabbed and shook each other violently for about 30 seconds before his bodyguards intervened. He said he took off his belt because Mr Orsi was "bigger than me" and "I was just at the very point of striking him with my belt but we were separated".

Jiskar said...

Hey guys

I'm an Australian. I would like to know from people who know, in which state does the Ghantoot racing course located? Is it Dubai or Abu Dhabi? I know it's near the border, but i would like to know exactly where.

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