Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Flying Tennis! The World’s Highest Tennis Court at Burj Al Arab, Dubai

The world’s highest tennis court stands atop the one of the highest hotel in the world - Burj al-Arab at Dubai. On February 22, 2005, the Burj al Arab hosted Andre Agassi and Roger Federer to play a match on their helipad tennis court before heading to the US$1 million Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open, which was the first round of the two-week Dubai Tennis Championships. The tennis legends couldn’t resist the temptation to have a friendly ‘hit’ on the world’s most unique tennis court. The court is circular in shape ,and also doubles as a helipad, hovering 211 meters above the Arabian gulf and covers a surface area of 415 sq m.

Would you like to play round of tennis at this height?
Here is some info about hotel so you can book your game today!

Designed by Tom Wright and completed in 1999, the hotel features a double membrane PTFE fiberglass covering that reduces solar heat gain, but lets in filtered light. Burj Al Arab is located on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach strip, 15 km from the main city centre and 25 km from Dubai International Airport. It is Dubai’s most recognisable landmark and the fourth tallest hotel in the world at 321 m (1,053 ft) and stands 280 metres offshore on a man-made island, linked to the mainland by a slender, gently curving causeway. Resembling the sail of a ship, the iconic hotel gives itself a 7 star rating, although we’re not really sure if you can go above 5 on the luxury scale. It is well served by taxis and has its own fleet of chauffeur driven Rolls-Royces, BMWs, and a helicopter.

Contact Details:

Burj Al Arab
PO Box 74147, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 4 3017777
Fax: +971 4 3017000

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Pretty much anybody who is anybody in tennis will be in Dubai over the next couple of weeks in one of the biggest of the non-Grand Slam tournaments. The $2 million Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is certainly a big deal.
Eight of the top ten ranked men will be in the city, which has already become a serious sporting destination, while seven of the top ten women will also be there. Interestingly, the women play in week one, starting on Monday, and then the men are in action in week two.

Since its inaugural tournament in 1993, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has consistently showcased the world's best players in competition and also in spectacular locations around Dubai.
The Dubai Tennis Championships (also known as the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for sponsorship reasons) (formerly known for sponsorship reasons as the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and the Dubai Duty Free Men's and Women's Championships) is a professional tennis tournament owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free and held annually in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on outdoor hardcourts. The tournament organizes both a men's and women's event. The tournament takes place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In 2005, two ATP World Tour Champions - Andre Agassi and Roger Federer - scaled the Burj Al Arab for a friendly practice session atop the helipad at the iconic hotel.

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The respective winners of the recent Australian Open are ready to follow their success down under with a good showing in the Middle East.
For the women, Justine Henin and Venus Williams have enjoyed themselves over the years, with four and two wins each respectively, but last year the crown went to Caroline Wozniacki.
The Dane was knocked off the number one spot just last month after her quest for a first Grand Slam win ended in failure in Melbourne. Now the number four in the world, she has her sights set on the winner of the Australian Open and the new number one, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Wozniacki will have to do better than last week, when she was knocked out of the Qatar Open early by Lucie Safarova, despite having three match-points.
"I just want to get out of here. You don't want to stay when you lose a match like that," Wozniacki said, and added, “It's really disappointing but you have to move on.”
Azarenka returns to the Middle East in much better shape than she was a year ago when defeats in Doha and Dubai almost prompted her to quit the sport.
"My mum told me to come home and rest, and not be crazy about it,” she said. “And my gran pointed out there are things so much harder in life than tennis matches.”
“Last year I was in a bit of a mess. I couldn't control any of my emotions. I had to change my mentality. So now I don’t try to, you know, think ‘why is this happening to me?’ Instead I just try to accept and deal with it.”
Novak Djokovic has dominated men’s tennis in the past few years and Dubai has been no exception with the last three titles going the Serbian’s way.
Already, 2012 couldn’t have gone better. He won the Australian Open and last week was given his country’s highest honor, Order of the Karadjordje’s Star of the 1st degree by Serbian president Boris Tadic.
He’s going to take some stopping soon...

 ATP (Men's)
  • Name: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
  • Category: ATP World Tour 500
  • Place: Dubai, U.A.E
  • Date: 27.02.2012-03.03.2012
  • Draw Size: S-32 D-16
  • Surface: Hard
  • Prize Money: $ 1,700,475
  • Total Financial Commitment: $ 2,313,975
  • Ticket Hotline: +9714-224-4568

WTA (Women's)
  • Prize Money: $2,000,000
  • Surface: Hard/Outdoors 
  • Tournament Director: Salah Tahlak

Dubai Tennis Stadium:

The Aviation Club is home of The Dubai Tennis Stadium which was inaugurated in 1994 and has hosted the Dubai Tennis Championships ever since. The state-of-the art stadium is home to the prestigious centre court that has hosted tennis stars Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic, Venus & Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport and many more.
The Dubai Tennis Stadium was voted "Best Venue" by players on the ATP Tennis Tour for three consecutive years.

Tournament Schedule :

Day Date WTA Rounds
Sat 18-Feb Qualifying Women's
Sun 19-Feb Qualifying Women's
Mon 20-Feb 1st Round
Tue 21-Feb 2nd Round
Wed 22-Feb 3rd Round
Thur 23-Feb Quarterfinals
Fri 24-Feb Semifinals
Sat 25-Feb Finals

Day Date ATP World Tour Rounds

Sat 25-Feb Qualifying Men's
Sun 26-Feb Qualifying Men's
Mon 27-Feb 1st Round
Tue 28-Feb 2nd Round
Wed 29-Feb 3rd Round
Thur 01-Mar Quarterfinals
Fri 02-Mar Semifinals
Sat 03-Mar Finals


1993 Karel Novacek Anders Jarryd/John Fitzgerald
1994 Magnus Gustafsson Mark Woodforde/Todd Woodbridge
1995 Wayne Ferreira Grant Connell/Patrick Galbraith
1996 Goran Ivanisevic Byron Black/Grant Connell
1997 Thomas Muster Goran Ivanisevic/Alexander Groen
1998 Alex Corretja Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes
1999 Jerome Golmard Wayne Black/Sandon Stolle
2000 Nicolas Kiefer Jiri Novak/David Rikl
2001 Juan Carlos Ferrero Joshua Eagle/Standon Stolle
2002 Fabrice Santoro Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
2003 Roger Federer Leander Paes /David Rikl
2004 Roger Federer Mahesh Bhupathi/Fabrice Santoro
2005 Roger Federer Martin Damm/Radek Stepanek
2006 Rafael Nadal Paul Hanley/Kevin Ullyett
2007 Roger Federer Fabrice Santoro/Nenad Zimonjic
2008 Andy Roddick Mahesh Bhupathi/Mark Knowles
2009 Novak Djokovic Rick de Voest/Dmitry Tursunov
2010 Novak Djokovic Simon Aspelin/Paul Hanley
2011 Novak Djokovic Sergiy Stakhovsky/Mikhail Youzhny
2001 Martina Hingis Barbara Rittner/ Marlene Weigartner
2002 Amelie Mauresmo Barbara Rittner/Maria Vento Kabchi
2003 Justine Henin-Hardenne Svetlana Kuznetsova/Martina Navratilova
2004 Justine Henin-Hardenne Janet Husarova/Conchita Martinez
2005 Lindsay Davenport Virginia Ruano Pascual/Paola Suarez
2006 Justine Henin-Hardenne Kveta Peschke/Francesca Schiavone
2007 Justine Henin Cara Black/Liezel Huber
2008 Elena Dementieva Cara Black/Liezel Huber
2009 Venus Williams Cara Black/Liezel Huber
2010 Venus Williams Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez/Nuria Llagostera Vives
2011 Caroline Wozniacki Liezel Huber/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

Grandstand Ticket Prices

Women's Week
Day 1 (Feb 20)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 2 (Feb 21)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 3 (Feb 22)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 4 (Feb 23)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 5 (Feb 24)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
FINALS (Feb 25)
5:00 AND 7:00 PM
Total Price Per Week


Men's Week
Day 1 (Feb 27)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 2 (Feb 28)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 3 (Feb 29) - SOLD OUT
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 4 (Mar 1) - SOLD OUT
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 5 (Mar 2) - SOLD OUT
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
5:00 AND 7:00 PM
Total Price Per Week


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Venice Carnival

Several thousands of masked residents and visitors attended the opening ceremony at St. Mark's Squarewhile shall to be held on on Sunday the main event, the traditional "Flight of Angels", during which costumed people, representing angels, going down the rope stretched from the top of the tower on the most famous Venetian square.
During the festival, whose theme this year is "Life is a theater" will be organized daily theater performances, concerts and balls.
 Carnival, which will last until 21 February, will be completed in the same place in the group with a kiss and a big fireworks display at midnight over the Venetian lagoon.

Carnival always ends on Ash Wednesday (known as “Mardi Gras” - Martedì Grasso), or "Fat Tuesday," and Venice's celebration normally starts a week and a half earlier on a Saturday. Venice carnival dates therefore vary in step with Easter as follows:

Carnival 2012: February 11 – February 21
Carnival 2013: February 2 – February 12
Carnival 2014: February 22 – March 4
Carnival 2015: February 7 – February 17
Carnival 2016: January 30 – February 9

History of Carnival
The Carnival of Venice dates back to 2 May 1268 and it is one of the oldest and most popular carnivals, along with the famous Brazilian carnivals, in the world.
The Republic defeated Ulrico, Patriarch of Aquileia in that year, and began a tradition of slaughtering a bull and 12 pigs in the Piazza San Marco around Shrove Tuesday to commemorate the victory. This celebration gradually grew and 1268 dates the first document mentioning the use of masks.
Carnival’s significance declined gradually through to the 1930s, when Mussolini banned it. In 1979, a group of Venetians and lovers of Venice decided to revive the tradition. Within a few years, the image of the masked reveller had become a worldwide icon of Venice in winter.

About masks
Masks made the Venetian Carnival unique. In the past, citizens would hide their true identity and social status behind a mask, and so for the carnival period Venice overturned social order. In this way, Venice temporarily overturned her social order. Some of the masks depicted Commedia dell’Arte characters. Others were more sinister. The white-beaked mask so famous from photographs is that of the plague-doctor; the beak echoes a doctor’s long breathing apparatus that held a sponge doused in vinegar, thought to hold the plague at bay. The Doges were frequently exercised by the dangers masks allowed, and passed laws limiting their use to within the carnival period; if you wore a mask at any other time of year, penalties were severe.
Here is official page:
Carnevale di Venezia

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