Squash is becoming an increasingly popular sport in the UAE and fortunately there are plenty of pay-to-play courts for those asking ‘Where can I play squash in Dubai?’
From the extensive training program at the Etisalat academy to the laidback environment of Talise Fitness, this is Sport360’s complete guide to the clubs and resorts where you can play squash in Dubai.
PRICE OF COURT: 150 AED per hour. Memberships can be purchased for 3850 AED/YEAR.
ADDRESS: JW Marriott Hotel, Deira
PRICE OF COURT: 110 AED/45 minutes for non-members. Griffins also offer a 600 AED monthly membership and 3800 AED annual membership.
PRICE OF COURT 250 AED per hour for non-members. If you are visiting with a member then it is 95 AED/hour and 150 AED/hour at weekends.
PRICE OF COURT: 200 AED per 45 minutes. Membership also available for 500 AED per month for women and 800 AED per month for men.
ADDRESS: Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai International Airport area
PRICE OF COURT: 130 AED per hour for non-members. Annual membership can be purchased for 3600 AED for women and 4500 AED for men.
PRICE OF COURT: The club facilities are only for residents of Al Ghurair Center – so find some friends who live there!
PRICE: 140 AED per hour for non-members – annual membership can be purchased for 2300 AED. Additional charges apply for hiring a squash trainer – 85 AED per hour per person for non-members and 80 AED per hour per person for members.
PRICE: The club’s facilities are only open for Indian families who can purchase membership for 20,000 AED for the first year and then 3825 AED every year. India Club offers eight squash training classes for 360 AED for members.
PRICE: Open only for members. Annual membership for singles is for 7,800 AED and for couples it is 12,480 AED per year.
ADDRESS: Jebel Ali
PRICE: 60 AED per hour for non-members – but must be booked TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE. Annual membership costs 7,500 AED for singles, 13,000 AED for couples and 18,000 AED for families.
PRICE FOR COURT: 80 AED/hour on weekdays and 90 AED/hour at weekends. Membership is available for 450 AED per month.
PRICE OF COURT: 80 AED/hour on weekdays and 100 AED/hour at weekends. Membership is available for 450 AED per month.
PRICE FOR COURT: 100 AED per hour for non-members. A monthly membership can be purchased for 750 AED that gives full access to all the club facilities and not just squash.
PRICE FOR COURT: 300 AED per hour. Membership is available for 6,000 AED per year.
PRICE FOR COURT: 300 AED per hour for non-members. Annual membership costs 18,000 AED for women and 20,000 AED for men.
PRICE FOR COURT: Members and guests only. The centre offers weekly membership for 1,250 AED, monthly membership for 3,500 AED, quarterly membership for 8,450 AED and annual membership for 30,800 AED.
PRICE OF COURT: 300 AED for a 24-hour full access package for non-members that includes squash and use of all facilities. Membership is available for 14400 AED for singles and for 17900 AED for couples.
ADDRESS: Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road
EMAIL: [email protected]
PRICE FOR COURT:500 AED per 30 minutes, but only if you’re a hotel guest!
PRICE FOR COURT: 100 AED per hour but only if accompanied by a member. Membership costs 3,000 AED per year.
Dubai is certainly the hub of squash in the UAE but there are still places to play in the other emirates….
PRICE FOR COURT: 200 AED for non-members. Annual membership is available for singles at a cost of 6,500 AED, for couples at 8,000 AED and for families at 9,000 AED.
PRICE FOR COURT: Members only. Membership costs 7,000 AED per year for men and 5,000 AED for women.
PRICE FOR COURT: Members only. Membership costs 4,600 AED per year and 3,600 AED for six months.
More than 60 people have signed up for the popular event, running from June 13 to June 30, but you can still join them ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.
Now in its 16th edition, the competition has gone from strength to strength with encouraging entry numbers in the previous years and this month’s will be no different.
“During Ramadan, there are not much activities for people to do and for people who want to keep themselves active over the summer, this is a good tournament to play in,” said Shane Gunasekara, spa and recreation manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi.
“It’s going to be competitive but also a lot of fun and it’s going to be a good opportunity for people who are not going to go away to learn and play squash.”
Players must be 14 years and above with the tournament following the regular squash rules with the knock-out encounters the best of three games.
Altogether a total of 10 matches will take place each day (between 14:00 and 23:00) at Le Meridien in the capital with Trophy and Plate accolades to play for.
“Entry numbers have been positive and so far we’ve had registrations from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi and we hope to have even more entries before the deadline on Thursday,” added Gunasekara.
With attractive prizes including a Jet Airlines air ticket on offer and the chance to remain active, Gunasekara insists there’s plenty of reasons to sign up.
“There are two categories – Trophy and Plate, so even if you don’t do well in the Trophy, you can have another go by playing in the Plate competition,” he said.
“This is a chance for players to push their boundaries and compete in exciting and challenging games. It will also give them an understanding of where they stand in the game and what they need to work on.
“It’s also a good chance to keep fit during Ramadan and our match schedule is very flexible that allows players to play after they finish work and after Iftar.”
Registration for the tournament costs Dh125 and can be done by visiting at Le Meridien’s Spa & Health Club.
What: Le Meridien Abu Dhabi Ramadan Squash Tournament
Where: Le Meridien, Abu Dhabi
When: June 13 to June 30
Contact: For more information, phone 02 644 6666
Newly-crowned PSA Dubai World Series Finals champion Gregory Gaultier has no plans of retiring yet and has set his sights on reclaiming the World No. 1 spot.
The Frenchman sealed his third title in the season-ending tournament on Saturday evening in Burj Park after a superb 3-1 (11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6) triumph over Australia’s Cameron Pilley.
At 33-years-old, Gaultier is one of three players in the world top- 10 rankings over the age of 30. But he quickly quashed suggestions of retirement and warned his rivals he still has plenty of years ahead of him.
“Yes for sure, I do want to carry on playing,” said the two-time British Open winner.
“I’m 33-years-old but I still feel young. I’m still more experienced than what I used to be and I’m now more disciplined. I’m now playing smarter and I’m not wasting a lot of energy that I used to and that makes a difference.”
Gaultier first became world No. 1 in November 2009 before reclaiming the honour for seven-consecutive months between April and October 2014.
Since then, Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy has taken the sport by storm, topping the charts since December 2015, apart from when he was briefly replaced by Gaultier.
The world No. 2 is satisfied by his achievements but is desperate to replace Elshorbagy at the top.
“Of course I want it. It’s going to take time because my season was screwed because of this ankle injury (that kept him out for two months in January),” said the three-time US Open winner. “I’ll just do what I can, but I’m happy with the goals I’ve reached. I want to win more titles and I’m still enjoying what I’m doing.”
Meanwhile, world No. 13 Pilley believes he can take a lot of confidence from Dubai. The 33-year-old defeated three top-six seeds including Elshorbagy in the semis to reach the final and says he’s in the best shape that he’s ever been.
“Mentally and physically, I feel the best I’ve felt in possibly my whole career,” he said. “I feel very confident in my game.
“Physically, I’m looking after my body really well and moving the best I’ve ever done in my career, so it’s testament to the training that I’ve been doing as well as looking after my own body.”
He added: “For sure reaching the top-10 is the goal but I want to take it one tournament and match at a time and concentrate on the rally in front of you before thinking ahead.”