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Emirates connects global polo fans for Lusaka tournament

Emirates Country Manager Husain Alsafi (centre) flanked by professional polo players Ashvini Sharma (right) and Vishal Chauhan, flown in to Lusaka from India by the airline for the international Polo Safari tournament, and accompanied by Emirates Customer Sales and Service Agents Diana Snapper and Sophie Chinkumbi.

Emirates Country Manager Husain Alsafi (centre) flanked by professional polo players Ashvini Sharma (right) and Vishal Chauhan, flown in to Lusaka from India by the airline for the international Polo Safari tournament, and accompanied by Emirates Customer Sales and Service Agents Diana Snapper and Sophie Chinkumbi.

Emirates, which flies daily direct from Lusaka to Dubai and Harare, is bringing together fans of the exciting and glamorous sport of polo for the Polo Safari Tournament in Lusaka this weekend.

The event at the Showgrounds runs between June 13 and 15 and features professional players from India, flown in for the occasion courtesy of Emirates, who will join teams from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This is the second time that the airline has sponsored the prestigious event, which has been an annual fixture in Lusaka for more than 20 years and is expected to attract more than 500 spectators each day.

Emirates is also sponsoring a prize from the tournament’s best playing pony, to be presented by the airline on the final day of the event on Sunday, June 15.

The international Polo Safari event brings together six top-ranking polo Zambian teams, each backed by a leading international “high goal” player, for three-days of thrilling, fast-paced matches.

The “Sport of Kings” will also be interspersed with a series of social events, including a cocktail reception, ball and lunch, which will ensure the tournament is at the top of the social calendar for VIPs, business people, socialites, celebrities and glitterati.

“Emirates is proud to be connecting local fans to this exhilarating sport on a global scale. We understand how passionate the sport can be and we share the united passion for polo. We look forward to involving the wider community in activities throughout this sponsorship,” said Emirates Country Manager for Zambia Husain Alsafi.

News of the Emirates sponsorship was welcomed by the Lusaka Polo Club Vice Captain Rosamund Vincent, who said: “Polo is an international game that unites people of many nationalities and backgrounds. Emirates’ commitment to the tournament puts Lusaka firmly on the international map for the sport.”

Emirates’ daily direct flights from Lusaka and Dubai are served by an Airbus A340-300 that offer 267 seats: 12 luxurious sleeper seats in First Class, 42 deep-reclining seats in Business Class and 213 in Economy Class.

About Emirates

Emirates connects people and places around the globe. Based in Dubai, Emirates is one of the world’s most recognised airline brands through its support of premier sports and cultural events. Emirates has been inspiring travel and facilitating trade between Zambia and the world since 2012. Its daily direct flights from Lusaka to Harare and Dubai connect Zambia to over 140 destinations across six continents. Exports carried out of Lusaka and Harare include fresh flowers, fruit, vegetables and copper mining industry by-products.

On-board its modern and efficient fleet of 218 aircraft, Emirates offers award-winning comfort and service, delivered by friendly cabin crew representing over 130 nationalities.  On the ground, Emirates connects millions of people each year through its other operations including Emirates Holidays, its destination marketing arm, and tour operator Arabian Adventures. For more information see www.emirates.com

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