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If you’re looking for a fast-paced, exciting game for all ages and skills, Emirates Palace boasts the first Padel Court in the Middle East.

The history of Padel

For those of you who may not be familiar with this fast-paced sport, Padel was first invented in Mexico by Enrique Corcuera in the mid 1970’s. It is currently most popular in Spain and some Latin American countries but is beginning to spread rapidly across Europe and other continents. The game’s huge popularity along the Costa del Sol in southern Spain has exposed it to large numbers of ex-patriot residents and holiday-makers, sparking its growing popularity in other European countries.

The nuances of Padel

Not to be confused with “Paddle Tennis,” Padel is typically played as a doubles game on an enclosed court about half the size of a Tennis Court. The ball used and the scoring is the same as normal Tennis. However, the biggest difference between the two sports is that the court has walls and the ball can be played off of them in a similar way as the game of Squash. Padel is also played with a padel rather than a racquet. The method of serve is always underarm.

Padel is great for players of all ages and skills, as it is both quick and easy to pick up, and less physically demanding than similar sports like Squash. Most players get the grasp of it within the first twenty minutes of playing and find it easy to achieve a level of proficiency.

Let our Tennis Coach help you

Interested in checking out this energetic sport? Our professional Resident Tennis Coach is happy to navigate you around the rules and nuances of the sport in a one hour “Introduction to Padel” lesson.

Padel courts are open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Court time, padels and balls are free of charge to in-house guests and beach club members.

For all enquiries, please contact us at mice@emiratespalace.ae or call us at +971 2 690 7951.