Much like its racquet-based cousins such as tennis, squash and even padel, table tennis is making serious inroads on the Dubai sports scene. Here are some of the best places to play ping pong in the city, whether you’re just a casual player looking for some fun or a serious competitor looking to make a name for yourself on the circuit
Deep Sports Table Tennis Academy (Bur Dubai)
Located in Bur Dubai, Deep Sports Table Tennis Academy is well-connected to the rest of the city via public transport, and even offers a pick-up and drop-off service to students who might otherwise find it difficult getting to the academy. With impressive facilities on offer including professional tables and International Table Tennis Federation-approved equipment – not to mention on-site training sessions conducted by professional coaches – Deep Sports is the ideal place for any serious table tennis player looking for a place to pick up a bat and ball in Dubai.
Dubai Table Tennis Academy (Al Shabab Club)
Founded in 2011 by Polish National Team player Wiktor Gniewek, Dubai Table Tennis Academy is located at the Al Shabab Club, welcoming table tennis veterans and novices alike. Fees range from 50 dirhams for a one-day pass to 700 dirhams for a year-long pass, while private training sessions with a coach are also available.
Millennium Avenue Gaming Café (Deira)
Primarily a billiards and gaming café, this social hub also hosts table tennis tournaments. Located in the old part of the city, it has very loyal regulars, so expect fierce competition! Even better, the café is open 24 hours a day, so late-night ping pong battles are most definitely on the cards here. Perhaps better suited to the casual table-tennis-as-social-activity fan rather than the serious competitor due to its informal setting.
More of a community initiative than a conventional table tennis club, Ping Pong Dubai is a non-profit venture between the UAE Table Tennis Association, Dubai Sports Council and Falcon and Associates. Its aim is to encourage people of all abilities to get involved in the sport. Their Facebook page is well worth a visit, with frequent posts detailing the latest tournaments and events happening in the city.