Al Habtoor Tennis
The Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge (AHTC) was created by the Chairman of Al Habtoor Group, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, in 1998 to encourage the development of women's tennis in the United Arab Emirates. It was the first professional all-ladies tennis event in the Middle East.
Today, it is the leading Women’s championship in the region, and it has kick-started the careers of many well-known female players, including Jelena Janković, who went on to became a world no. 1.
The tournament continues to attract top ranked players. The event has a prize of US$ 75,000, which according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) ranking scale features some important points for all participants.
Since March 2000, Habtoor Polo has been working to build a truly recognized and respected polo organization. The patron of the Habtoor Polo team is Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Al Habtoor Group.
Together with his brother Rashid, patron of Mahra, they have been working to promote polo in Dubai and on the international polo circuit. In just a few short years, they have had phenomenal success.
In 2014, Habtoor Polo was the winner of the Al Habtoor Challenge Match, which is part of the Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup, attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip.
Mohammed Al Habtoor is behind several Polo tournaments including The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) – a 18-goal handicap tournament, played under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The tournament is considered the highest handicapped tournament in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The Habtoor Polo Team has relocated its base to the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club – a new equestrian centre due to open in Q4 2016. The development will be a centre of excellence for many equestrian disciplines including polo, horse riding, dressage and show jumping.