Play tennis, badminton, squash and other similar sports in Dubai to celebrate Wimbledon
Wimbledon is in full swing in the UK but people around the globe are tuning in to see the tennis action. To show your love for the racket sport why not sign up for some session, hire a court with friends or even try a similar game in Dubai?
Dubai Sports World will provide players with two tennis courts this year. In addition, parents whose kids are shaping up to be the next Serena Williams or Novak Djokovic can enrol their budding stars into the Tennis Three Sixty academy. Dhs140 per day, Dhs375 per week (tennis academy); Dhs140 per court per hour. Sun June 21 to Sat August 29. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 306 4000).
Dubai Sports City
The hard-surface tennis courts are located in Sports Village in the southeast corner of Dubai Sports City. Dubai Sports City is located along the bourgeoning Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road corridor, primed to take advantage of the increased focus on investment in the area and just minutes away from the expanding Al Maktoum International Airport and the site of Expo 2020. Dhs100 per hour. Open from 6am – 12pm. Contact Ms. Sarah Larroza on email Sarahl@dsc.ae or call 04 4481650. Visit www.dsc.ae for more information.
Ritz Carlton Beach Club Dubai Marina Courts are open for bookings on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Super Sports, can arrange for a tennis coach to be available for private sessions. Rates start at Dhs300, per hour, per person. You can rent a tennis court for free when with a hotel guest or member. Rackets can be rented for Dhs40 and three balls cost Dhs60. Four floodlit tennis courts are open from 7am – 10pm, to be reserved through Spa Reception on 04 318 6520 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai.
They have two multi-sport courts where tennis can be played. The facility also provides changing rooms and showers, prayer rooms, Wi-Fi, a refreshments area and even a large screen so players don’t miss any of the professional sports on TV, either. Sportsmania operates on an hourly rental basis, so users don’t have to sign up for lengthy memberships or commit to long-term bookings, though special rates are available for recurring reservations. Rental costs start from Dhs20 per person, per hour, and the centre provides all the balls that players may need. Sportsmania, Exit 29, JLT, www.sportsmania.ae (052 242 4789).
Tennis 360 at Meydan Tennis Academy A group of four people can hire a court for Dhs100 or Dhs150 if you’re not a member.
Beach Tennis Beach tennis is ideal if you’re one of those people who gets utterly bored on the beach or are looking for an outdoor workout. Whichever applies, just remember to keep a close eye on your swing. Dhs80 per court, per hour, Dhs60 for the second and subsequent hours, Mon-Sat 7.30am-noon, 3pm-7pm. Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim, www.btmesports.com (055 268 6090).
Fit Lab This gym has two glass-backed stadium courts. Annual membership also gives you access to the league, discounted racket hire and money off spa treatments. Dhs3,000 for annual membership. Fit Lab, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9850).
This hotel gym facility in Media City has two squash courts available to non-hotel guests as well as members. Book in advance to secure a court. Dhs40 per hour Sun-Thu, Dhs50 per hour Fri-Sat. Gloria Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.gloriahoteldubai.com (04 399 6666).
Fitness First Community Clubs
Play in top class facilities at these family-friendly community fitness clubs. Leagues and tournaments for members are held regularly. Dhs120 day pass for non-members plus Dhs30 for two squash sessions. Dhs5,559 for annual membership. Fitness First Community Clubs, The Lakes and The Meadows (04 438 0338).
Play other racket sports
Padel Tennis A combination of tennis, racquetball and squash, padeltennis is fast-paced and is played on an enclosed court. The Real Racquet Academy at Emirates Golf Club welcomes newcomers to the sport and for a group of five, the first class is free. The academy also offers late night discounts – play between 8.30pm and 11pm on Thursdays and Fridays to get 50 percent off the court rate. Book sessions or trials online. Dhs50 per person, per court. Daily 7am-11pm. 50 percent discount on court rates Thu-Fri 8.30pm-11.pm. Real Racquet Academy, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.realracquetacademy.com (04 380 5424).
Dubai Table Tennis Academy
Ping pong players can enjoy tournaments, and regular games with some the city’s top players. And If you want perfect your game you can get training here too. Al Shabab Club, Al Mamzar, www.dubaitta.com (052 959 1775).
Insportz Club facilitates Badminton to patrons who prefer to play in the comfort of an Air Conditioned environment. Their courts are available for booking Monday to Saturday 9am to 9pm. No.78, RKM Ware House, 4th Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Qouz 3 (04 347 5833).
Going underwater Polish architect Krysztof Kotala from 8+8 Concept Studio, has released concept designs to create an underwater tennis court in Dubai. The architect has said that the creative plan, which includes seven arenas and an exhibition centre, ‘fits into the natural environment because it resembles a coral reef in Dubai’. The designer hasn’t done the final calculations for how much the project will set investors back, but he has revealed that it could cost ‘several billion dollars’ and take around five years to complete.