Advantage: Kempinski Hotel Ajman

Published May 22nd, 2008 - 12:05 GMT

Mahesh Bhupathy, doubles winner at the 2008 Dubai Open Tennis Championships and holder of 10 Grand Slam Tournament titles, will open his professional Tennis Academy at Kempinski Hotel Ajman, his second with the Kempinski Hotels group, providing the first tennis coaching facility in the emirate of Ajman.

‘We are thrilled to be involved with this enterprise, and look forward to welcoming the first students onto the courts. Tennis is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and it is so important to tap into the virtually un-touched market of the Middle East, and build on the interest and abilities within this region,’ said Ulrich Eckhardt, General Manager Kempinski Hotel Ajman.

Spending most of his childhood growing up in Dubai and Muscat, Mahesh Bhupathy was without access to good tennis coaching facilities and with this in mind, he decided to create the Mahesh Bhupathy Tennis Academy (MBTA). Incorporating nine academies in India with an elite tennis academy in Bangalore, Mahesh aims to open branches of his academy in most emirates of United Arab Emirates.

Each MBTA provides courses and training conducted by highly qualified coaches, all of whom have qualifications from the Professional Tennis Registry and International Tennis Federation; and only Level 1 and Level 2 coaches can be selected to manage the academies.

The MBTA in the United Arab Emirates will select the top junior player from the academy every year to train two weeks in MBTA-India as part of their incentive programme.

The MBTA at Kempinski Hotel Ajman will open in May 2008. The academy will offer a comprehensive courses and training programmes to suit the many different levels of players (beginners, intermediate and advanced) juniors and adults.

Classes range from AED 50 per person for group lessons of up to four persons or AED 120 for individual one-on-one lessons. Special rates apply for Laguna members.

To register your interest in MBTA, please contact Kempinski Hotel Ajman’s Laguna Team at +971 6 714 5555.

Kempinski Hotel Ajman Ten Year Anniversary:
In 2008, Kempinski Hotel Ajman is celebrating ten distinctive years as the region’s favourite resort getaway. The original Kempinski property in the Middle East and the first luxury hotel in Ajman, the hotel has welcomed guests from all over the globe and remains a firm favourite with leisure travellers to the region. To mark the occasion, the resort has planned a continuous roll-out of special promotions and giveaways throughout the year, culminating in October.

About Kempinski:
Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski Hotels was founded in Germany in 1897. Kempinski’s impressive portfolio of distinctive properties includes historical landmarks, unique hide-away resorts and vibrant city hotels throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Rich in tradition, each Kempinski hotel celebrates the local culture and customs of its destination whilst maintaining the impeccable personalised service for which Kempinski is renowned. Put simply, they are the first choice for the discerning luxury traveller.

As a valued private-sector member of the Stop TB Partnership, Kempinski is proud to support the Luis Figo Campaign to Stop TB through the distribution of campaign postcards in guest rooms, explaining how tuberculosis, if it is diagnosed and treated with effective medication, is curable. We share the Stop TB Partnership’s vision and goal of a TB-free world.

Kempinski is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance. Based on the airline alliance model, Global Hotel Alliance is the world largest alliance of independent hotel brands. It uses a common technology platform to drive incremental revenues and create cost savings for its members, while offering enhanced recognition and service to customers across all brands. GHA currently comprises Anantara, Cham, Dusit, Kempinski, Landis, Leela, Marco Polo, Omni and Pan Pacific, encompassing 160 upscale and luxury hotels with over 46,000 rooms in 41 different countries.



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