Where to play tennis in Dubai

Seven top places to take to the court in Dubai

Where to play tennis in Dubai

Fancy yourself as the next big thing in the tennis world? Grab a racket and lace up your trainers – here’s where to take up tennis in Dubai, whether you’re after court rental or private lessons.

This academy has three centres – in Al Habtoor City, Habtoor Polo Club and at the Habtoor Grand Resort at JBR. Whether you want to sharpen your skills or have a knock about, there’s something for you. Plus if you have a kid who’s a budding Andy Murray, there’s the rising stars training programme. There are outdoor courts at all venues as well as indoor courts at Al Habtoor City – where prices start at Dhs425 for an hour’s private lesson outdoors or Dhs550 for an indoor session. Alternatively book a court for a knock-around from Dhs150.
Prices vary. Various locations including Al Habtoor City, Habtoor Polo Club and Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection (04 444 1010).

Of course with a name like Sports City you’re guaranteed to get a match in here. The area is built around five major sports venues, so whatever you’re into, you’ll find it here. CF Tennis Academy was set up in 1997 and also has branches in all across Dubai, including its HQ in Sports City as well as in Jumeirah, Mirdif and Al Barsha. There’s a large variety of activities such as ladies’ mornings, cardio tennis, club nights, junior programmes and more. Private lessons start at Dhs375, if you want to perfect your swing one-on-one.
Prices vary. Dubai Sports City, www.cftennisacademy.com.

Fancy brushing up your serve and volley? This established academy can do just that. With classes for kids from age five and above, as well as ladies’ clinics, adult sessions and private lessons, there’s plenty to suit.
Prices vary. American University Dubai, Dubai Media City (058 845 0871).

This academy holds lessons at Al Salam school, where there’s an indoor hall to play in. There’s a range of lessons for all levels from beginners to advanced, with coaching tailored to what you want to improve. There are also ladies’ mornings and cardio tennis (a combo of fitness exercises and tennis), which is a fun way to keep fit.
Prices vary. Al Salam School, Al Nadha, www.emirates-tennisacademy.com (050 163 5231).


You can rent the courts at this Palm Jumeirah Polynesian-style hotel by the hour or even for a whole day if you and a gang of mates want to get competitive. There are also lessons available, as well as a tennis ball machine to get you in training and perfect your forehand and backhand skills.
Prices vary. Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 5437).

Play a game of beach tennis from Dhs80 at this swanky hotel on JBR. Alternatively you can book into the tennis academy, which has 22 full-time professional coaches offering training from beginners to advance. There’s also coaching for juniors aged four to 18 if you have a budding star on your hands. Prices start at Dhs265 for a 45-minute session for in-house guests and Dhs290 for non-members.
From Dhs80. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 318 6520).


Head to the Palm for a game at this swish beach hotel, where you can rent equipment and take private lessons with Rackets Academy. Court rental is Dhs55, while private 45-minute lessons are Dhs280.
Prices vary. Waldorf Astoria Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2255).

If you’re a member of the beach club scheme then you’ll get access to a load of courts for free as part of your membership, including Habtoor Grand Resort, Anantar Resort Dubai and Waldorf Astoria.

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