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    Lagos, the "Dubai of Africa" uses beach polo to hook investors

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    Lagos uses beach polo to hook investors to 'Dubai of Africa'
    Lagos (AFP) - Porsches and Jaguars are parked in the sand while businessmen and their partners, in high heels and hats, sit in the sheltered grandstands, glass of champagne in hand.

    The scene could be Dubai or Miami but this is Lagos -- Nigeria's biggest city and financial hub -- and the first beach polo tournament in Africa.
    Hundreds of kilometres from fighting between the Islamist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian Army and a week before closely fought elections, entertainment is the name of the game.
    Teams of three and their mounts, instead of four as in traditional polo, compete on a sandy polo ground slightly smaller than the classic grass version. "Beach polo is similar to arena polo," said Habeeb Fasinro, president of the Lagos Polo Club, which was set up in 1904 under British colonial rule.
    "It is usually played off season, when you're not playing on grass, just to keep the horses in shape," he told AFP, still dressed in his white trousers and leather riding boots after one game.
    "But now it's turned into something very big. You have the world beach polo tournament as well in Miami, you have it in Dubai, in Ibiza."
    - Investment opportunity -
    The competition, which finishes on Sunday, has been organised on the vast stretch of sand known as Eko Atlantic, which is currently the biggest real estate building site in Africa.
    Work began in 2008 to drag millions of tonnes of sand from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to create a 10 square kilometre (3.86 square mile) city within a city.
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