I found this article while looking for agricultural articles, believe it or not! With all the new publicity promoting the AlUla area of Saudi Arabia, why not include this article? I had no idea that polo could be played on sand, but why not?
Here is an excerpt from the article, “Saudi Arabia makes history with AlUla Desert Polo match” written by Rawan Radwan, 14 Jan. 2020 for arabnews.com. You can find the online article by clicking the link below.
‘“It’s inspired by the snow polo event in St. Moritz,” he said. “AlUla Desert Polo is a unique event in both Saudi and global terms.”
Zedan, who has played polo around the world for 20 years, established the Zedan Polo Team in 2005. However, this week’s event is particularly special to him, as he hopes it will help to promote the sport in the Kingdom, encourage young people to give it a go and provide a solid foundation for its future growth in the country, which is something he is passionate about.
“From my perspective, the highlight of AlUla Desert Polo is the power that sport has to instigate positive change in society,” he said.
Zedan believes the Saudi Vision 2030 initiative to develop and diversify the country’s economy and society has helped to make great strides in the development of many sports, including polo.
“Saudi Arabia has a great pool of untapped talent in all sporting arenas,” he said, adding that a growing number of Saudi equestrians have excelled in international competitions around the world.’