By Sam Bridge
Tamdeen Group announces plan for the Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait which will be officially opened by Spanish star in February
Tamdeen Group, Kuwait’s leading mixed-use property developer and Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar on Wednesday announced the launch of the Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait.
Bearing the name of the legendary tennis icon, who will end the 2019 ATP season as the world’s top ranked player, the Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait will formally open in February 2020.
The Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait will serve as the training and developmental hub of the all-new Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex in Kuwait.
Part of a new 263,000 square metre development alongside Tamdeen’s flagship 360 Mall, Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait, which unlike its parent site in Spain will be non-boarding, will be the biggest international tennis academy in the Middle East.
The Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah Tennis Complex features 18 courts, including a multi-purpose covered arena with more than 5,000 seats, a secondary open court with 1,500 seats, eight covered courts and eight open courts.
One of the country’s pioneering public-private partnership projects, the complex is the biggest sports initiative in value and size under the Kuwait Public Authority for Sport.
Mohammed Jassim Khalid Al-Marzouq, chairman of Tamdeen Group, said: “In the race for excellence, there is no finish line. Ourvision is clear and Tamdeen is delivering on its promise to reshape the state’s urban and social landscapes.
"Our commitment to this project is four-fold - aid national development schemes outlined by our wise leadership; leverage progressive public-private partnerships to facilitate world-class infrastructure projects; construct facilities which establish Kuwait and its championships on the international sporting map; and foster a fertile environment for Kuwaiti athletes to excel in international sports.”
He added: Today, we provide the platform to turn dreams into reality. By utilising our wealth of experience alongside some of the leading international experts in the field, the project has been designed to keep pace with the State Of Kuwait’s significant position in the world of tennis."
During a video message, Nadal said: “I’m personally very happy to open the Academy in Kuwait. We’re working hard to create the right programs for the kids and our members, making for strong development of tennis all over the region. See you very soon.”
The new multi-purpose development also includes a five-star hotel, as well as an exclusive and diverse selection of retail outlets, cafes and restaurants.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.