McDonald’s UAE Introduces the Exciting “McDonald’s Junior Padel Academy”

DUBAI, UAE – 05 May 2023

  • Starting on May 6th, the McDonald's Junior Padel Academy will offer kids the opportunity to learn the sport of padel for 10 weeks, fully subsidized by McDonald's UAE
  • Available across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah and hosted at seven padel clubs, the sessions will be guided by experienced coaches introducing the kids to the fastest growing sport

McDonald's UAE has launched the McDonald's Junior Padel Academy that is aimed to promote accessible and social experiences for families. The Academy will provide kids free access to padel clubs and experienced coaches and will run for 10 weeks in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, starting from May 6th. Kids can enjoy weekly two-hour sessions held every Saturday, with seven established padel clubs across 48 courts offering the program.

The Academy is aimed at making padel facilities accessible to kids and providing them with the opportunity to learn from the best coaches in the UAE. The Academy's goal is to encourage kids to learn a sport that is gaining popularity worldwide and will encourage them to develop their team spirit while creating a positive impact on their overall well-being. McDonald's UAE has created a weekly activity schedule that teaches padel techniques and skills to kids concluding with a friendly internal competition.

Commenting on the launch, Walid Fakih, CEO at McDonald’s UAE, said, “We are excited to launch the McDonald’s Junior Padel Academy, which is in line with our commitment to promoting an active lifestyle for families, and we believe that padel is a sport that can help us achieve this goal. We want to make this exciting sport accessible to kids across the UAE and encourage them to develop new skills while having fun. Our aim is to create a welcoming environment where kids can learn, grow, and bond over the game of padel."

McDonald’s UAE will continue to contribute to the rise of padel in the nation, as the announcement follows its sponsorship of the World Padel Tour’s (WPT) first ever Abu Dhabi Padel Master tournament, that took place earlier this year.

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Note to Editors:

Participating padel clubs include:

  • Abu Dhabi:
    • Padelae
    • Rebound
  • Dubai:
    • Padel Art
    • Padelae Dubai and Padelae Ladies Dubai
    • Central Padel
  • Sharjah:
    • Padelae

About McDonald’s UAE:

Operating in the nation since 1994, McDonald's UAE caters to the local community across more than 190 restaurants, geographically located to service customers in many areas. McDonald’s UAE is committed through its food trust promise, to maintaining the high quality of the products it serves at each restaurant, and across its McCafé offering.

McDonald’s UAE prides itself on being a local member of the community and has been committed to its role as a responsible corporate citizen since its arrival to the nation. Following an active social responsibility agenda, it is a long-standing partner of Emirates Red Crescent supporting its charitable and humanitarian initiatives.

To further contribute to the wellbeing of the communities, creating wider environmental benefits, McDonald’ s UAE and Emirates Environmental Group work in tandem to spread green values and bring to life sustainable initiatives, reducing the nation’s carbon footprint. Driving this is the launch of its biodiesel initiative in July 2011, which sees 100% of McDonald’s UAE’s used cooking oil collected from restaurants and converted into 100% biodiesel, in turn powering the company’s logistics fleet. As a result, the trucks have traveled over 23.6 million km on 100% Biodiesel since the partnership began, saving over 25 million kg CO2e emissions.

For further information about McDonald’s UAE please visit: or contact: Varsha Muckatira from Weber Shandwick on or +971 4 445 42 22