Tennis and padel are experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity in Dubai, transforming into the hottest activities in town.



Dubai’s residents are known for their love of luxury and a good time. Lately, that love affair has extended to  fitness, but with a twist – rackets are replacing barbells and courtside-chic is the new athleisure.

The recent film “Challengers,” starring Zendaya with its captivating on-court romance and heart-pounding rallies, has undoubtedly rekindled a passion for tennis, particularly among younger demographics. But the real interest lies in the inherent fun and social aspects of these sports.

Tennis: A Timeless Classic Gets a Modern Serve

Tennis, with its graceful strokes and strategic mind games, has always held a certain mystique. Dubai boasts an embarrassment of riches when it comes to courts, from the prestigious grass courts of the Aviation Club to the stunning beachfront courts at luxury hotels like Jumeirah Beach Hotel. These havens cater to all skill levels, from social groups where you can perfect your backhand with a friendly bunch to competitive leagues that will test your mettle (and maybe even ignite your own on-court rivalry, “Challengers” style).

Padel: The New Kid on the Block with Serious Game

Padel, a fast-paced hybrid of tennis and squash played on a smaller, enclosed court with walls, is quickly becoming the new darling of Dubai’s fitness scene. This dynamic sport offers a fantastic workout, pushing your reflexes and agility to the limit. But the real magic lies in its social nature. The enclosed court fosters a lively atmosphere, encouraging teamwork and plenty of playful banter between volleys. It’s perfect for those looking to ditch the solitary gym routine and connect with friends or even make new ones.


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Hitting the Perfect Shot: Where to Play in Dubai

The beauty of Dubai’s burgeoning tennis and padel scene is the sheer number of options available. Here are a few of the most popular spots to get your game on:

Tennis: For a taste of history and tradition, head to the prestigious Dubai Lawn Tennis Club. The Emirates Golf Club offers stunning courts with a luxurious ambiance, while the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club provides a unique setting amidst the world of equestrian sports.

Padel: Dubai Padel Club is a dedicated facility with a thriving community of players. The Matcha Club in Al Quoz is another hidden gem, completed with Nette next door for that matcha fix post a game. Padel World Dubai boasts state-of-the-art courts and a vibrant atmosphere. For a truly unique experience, check out The Pointe Padel, located on the Palm Jumeirah, offering breathtaking views alongside your workout.

So, ditch the monotony of the gym and grab a racket! Dubai’s courts await, promising not just a fantastic workout but a chance to connect with your community, unleash your inner champion, and maybe even create your own “Challengers” moment.

Dress to Impress (and Sweat) in Style

Looking good while getting your heart rate up is a major priority in Dubai. Here’s the EW guide for what to wear when you serve (literally!)

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