The Flying DAF Squash Academy at Al Areesh Club

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The Flying DAF Squash Academy at Al Areesh Club

Dubai Festival City’s family-friendly sports and social destination, Al Areesh Club, has partnered with The Flying DAF, the UAE-based high-performance squash academy, to open a third Dubai outlet providing expert tuition to individuals of all levels and age groups.


A multi-purpose community club in Dubai Festival City, Al Areesh Club offers a wide range of health and fitness options. The Club boasts a fully equipped gym, an aerobic studio, multi-purpose court, swimming pools, and all-weather hard courts for and racket and ball sports. Al Areesh Club also features Spinney’s supermarket, a dental clinic, a pharmacy, beauty salons for men and women and a host of options for kids.


The Flying DAF, founded by former professional squash player Kanzy El Dafrawy, a USA squash national champ and former Women’s world #22, has a mission to grow the game of squash at a grassroots level.


Commenting on the partnership, Samer Zabian, Director, Residential & Commercial Property at Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate said: “At Dubai Festival City, we have always promoted a healthy lifestyle and encourage our residents and visitors to participate in activities that are dedicated at improving their well-being. Our partnership with The Flying Daf enables us to offer an international level of squash training to our community members. This is a chance for kids to learn from a young age and power their dreams to compete internationally. We are excited to bring the best of sports to our community members, with convenience at their doorstep, and in-line with all social distancing measures issued by government authorities to ensure the safety of members.’’


El Dafrawy added: “The UAE sports industry is maturing amid a nationwide focus on healthy lifestyles and exercising. Squash fits the bill for players of all ages as the sport affords physical and mental benefits. Since launching in July we have seen strong appetite from both regular squash players and people looking to learn more about the sport. Our expansion into Al Areesh Club at Dubai Festival City eases demand on current capacity and empowers my team to continue supporting player development regardless of ability at both ends of Dubai, which is fundamental to our long-term approach and success.


The Flying DAF will operate four top-class squash coaches at Dubai Festival City’s Al Areesh Club and will follow its sister branch in Jumeirah by hosting numerous activations including ladies’ tournaments, camps, leagues and general competitions.


The Flying DAF Squash Academy is accepting membership enquiries for Al Areesh Club at Dubai Festival City. Opening hours are 8am to 10pm. For more information, including prices and court bookings visit or follow on Instagram