To celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland, H.E. Massimo Baggi, Swiss Ambassador to the UAE and Bahrain, in collaboration with Reto Gaudenzi, Founder & CEO World Polo GmbH, organised a polo friendship game in Dubai. This took place on Sunday 19 March 2023 at Ali Albwardy's Desert Palm Polo Club. The match was won by Team Dubai, who defeated Team St. Moritz/Switzerland by 5 goals to 3.
The original idea for the polo friendly in Dubai came from Ambassador Massimo Baggi, himself a passionate polo player. He decided to present it to his long-time friend Reto Gaudenzi. Gaudenzi, founder of the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz & CEO of World Polo GmbH, was immediately enthusiastic and spontaneously agreed to support Baggi with his organisation in the planning and implementation of the game.
The extraordinary project quickly aroused the interest of Marijana Jakic, Brand Manager St. Moritz & Member of the Management Board ESTM. The destination used the high-calibre platform as the main sponsor to perfectly showcase St. Moritz's unique diversity in this important market. In addition, the two event partners SWISS and Switzerland Tourism were also on hand to invite their partners, tour operators and customers to the event.