SME profile: Dubai club founders look to whole new ball game with padel

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Padel might be the most important sport that you just by no means knew existed. The sport is sort of like a cross between tennis and squash, however is much less bodily demanding than each.
Additionally it is tremendously standard. Invented in Mexico within the late Nineteen Sixties, it grew throughout Latin America earlier than firmly taking root in Spain, the place an estimated 6 million to 10 million folks often play, making it the nation’s second-most standard sport after soccer.
Carolina Gallo, who’s a director of the brand new Padel Professional membership that has just lately opened on the Sportsmania complicated bordering Discovery Gardens and Jumeirah Lakes Towers, stated that the sport is so standard in Spain that padel courts are as prevalent at prosperous villas within the nation as swimming swimming pools.
Ms Gallo, a Spanish nationwide, is a former tennis skilled who switched to padel just a few years in the past after struggling an harm.
“I began taking part in padel as a result of it doesn’t damage the joints as a lot, due to the floor,” she says.

The sport is performed on smaller courts, with clear partitions that can be utilized to direct photographs. The rackets, or padels, used are additionally stable, and the sport is performed in pairs.
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Padel can be rising in recognition within the UAE. Ms Gallo was recruited to handle the nation’s first padel membership and later went on to run a padel academy, additionally in Dubai. There are additionally non-public courts for Emiratis at Nad Al Sheba, and there are courts at Abu Dhabi Nation Membership. A UAE Padel Affiliation was arrange in 2014 with Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum as its president. Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed can be a eager supporter of the game.
Padel Professional has been arrange by three pals, Mohamed (Mo) Galal, Karim Nsouli and Hussein El Reda, with Ms Gallo as membership director and founding member.
Mr Galal and Mr Nsouli are shut household pals who first started to play padel collectively virtually three years in the past. Individually, Mr Galal had been on the lookout for a website at which he and Mr El Reda may construct a multi-purpose sports activities facility.
“What modified was Mo’s obsession with the sport,” Mr El Reda explains. “Myself, I don’t play padel. However he stopped me at some point and stated: ‘If we need to actually have an effect into this market, we should always prob­ably have a look at this up-and-coming sport’.”
The companions spent a full 12 months on the lookout for an appropriate venue to construct their very own membership and have constructed 4 championship-standard courts on a strip of land instantly adjoining to Sportsmania, whose amenities they share.
Mr Nsouli stated that their resolution to launch Padel Professional was as a consequence of the truth that they felt there was a niche out there.
“We would like the membership to really feel like a household ambiance,” he stated, simply after the venue opened in late March.
“I used to be introduced up in London. I used to be a part of a tennis membership and that was very social, and really interactive. There was males’s nights, girls’s nights, women’ mornings, children’, blended doubles. And that’s precisely what we ultimately need to incorporate into this membership.”
The companions’ long-term aim isn’t solely to develop the membership in Dubai, however to determine Padel Professional as a model that might function a number of venues throughout the area.
“Sure, it’s a enterprise. Sure, we’re making an attempt to make cash – after all, like something,” says Mr Nsouli. “However on the identical time we try to develop the sport that we love.”
Mohammed Al Mutaiwei, the vice-president of the UAE Padel Affiliation, says padel is a fast-growing sport within the UAE, however one that’s rising organically. He says “there’s a big demand” for the padel courts at Nad Al Sheba, that are often booked out by the winter months, and that many gamers have constructed non-public courts at their very own villas.
“It’s not a really aggressive sport. It’s very straightforward on the physique, the joints. It’s not like another sport like squash which may be very laborious on the ankles,” he provides. “Anybody can play.”
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