His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum inaugurates unique padel tournament in Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 28th February 2023: dnata Government Travel, part of leading global air and travel services provider dnata, has partnered with du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), Arabian Radio Network and Dubai Sports Council to launch a padel tournament for government employees this March.

The sports event was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, at an official ceremony with the presentation of a signed World Padel Academy jersey, representing the venue of the upcoming tournament.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “At the Emirates Group, we recognise the vital role that sports play in promoting health, inspiring people, and building strong teams. Our sponsorship activities underline our longstanding commitment to support events and initiatives that contribute to the wellbeing of communities. dnata’s padel tournament will offer both participants and fans a great opportunity to experience the power of sports and the benefits they bring.”

Embracing one of the world’s fastest growing sports by participation, dnata Government Travel initiated the padel event to engage with government entities across Dubai and the Northern Emirates. It aligns with the city’s vision and objectives to make Dubai the happiest city on Earth and provide citizens and residents with opportunities to embrace an active and healthy lifestyle.

On the occasion, Fahad Al Hassawi, CEO at du, said: “We are pleased to partner with dnata Government Travel to further accelerate for technology innovation in line with the UAE leadership’s vision to build a futuristic, knowledge-based economy. As part of our continuous support for Vision 2030 and improving lives by offering the latest and best-in-class technologies to customers, du experts will explore the potential of ChatGPT at the event. Reaching a million users in just five days, this AI platform is set to empower businesses, augment our capabilities, and drive efficiencies.”

Representatives from Government entities across Dubai and the Northern Emirates are invited to participate in the tournament, which will take place from 8 -10 March 2023, at the World Padel Academy Dubai. Members of the public can attend to observe the ‘knock-out’ tournament and participate in a series of raffle draws, games, and other entertainment. Unmissable prizes have been offered by event partners including Crown & Champa Resorts and Taj Hotels. Fans will also be able to enjoy gastronomic delights served by popular local brands G.O.A.T. Burger and Smash Speciality Coffee.

The event will follow on from the ‘GOV GAMES’ series, a unique team building initiative launched in 2018 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, which will take place in early March.

The new event forms part of the dnata Travel Group’s continued commitment to sports travel.

To find out more about dnata Government Travel, please access: www.dnata.com/travel. To make an enquiry on the ‘Government Travel Padel Tournament’, government employees are encouraged to contact their dedicated customer relations manager.