19 April, 2016


  • Boys’ Championships attracts over 230 entries, Girls’ Championships to be held on 23 April
  • Shuttle Time Dubai Schools Championships Finals to be held on 27 April

The rapidly increasing popularity of badminton in the UAE was clear to see on Saturday when more than 230 young boys from 21 schools took to the courts for the preliminary stage of the Shuttle Time Dubai Schools Championships at the Salah Addin Sports Hall, Al Mamzar.


Students from 14 schools competed in the open Boys’ Championships in three age divisions – under 12, under 14 and under 16, while a further 80 boys from 7 schools participated in the Emirati Challenge which ran concurrently.

This is the second year that the Schools Championships have been conducted and organisers were delighted with the response, with a 30% increase overall in the number of participants, and a 50% increase in the number of schools taking part. The results in the Emirati Challenge were particularly pleasing, with a 150% increase in participation numbers and strong performances across the board.

After a day of tough competition the two finalists from each category were decided. The finalists, along with the Emirati Challenge winners, will be joined in the Championship Finals on 27 April by the finalists of the Girls’ Championships, which will be held on Saturday 23 April.

National Schools performed commendably in the open division, showing the benefits of involvement in the Shuttle Time Dubai Local Training Centre programme. Dubai National School Al Barsha, which is home to one of the Shuttle Time Dubai Local Training Centres, established in September 2015, entered the highest number of participants from a single school – 26 players, and reached the semi-finals in the Under 14 and Under 16 divisions.

The Indian High School again dominated the competition, reaching the finals in all three categories. At the finals, they will meet Our Own High School Al Warqa’a in Under 12 and Under 14 divisions. In the Under 16 category the Indian High School will play the winner of the semi-final between GEMS Our Own Indian School and Dubai National School, which will also be played on April 27.

The Emirati Challenge was also fiercely contested, with Mohammed Naqi of Al Ahmadiya winning the Under 12 division, Mahammed Ali of Dubai National School taking the Under 14s title and Ahmad Ibrahim of Dubai International School Al Quoz winning the Under 16 division.

Dubai Badminton Development Manager Jaffer Ebrahim said, “We are very happy with the response to today’s event, the growth in numbers and the improvement in the standard of play is very pleasing. The Shuttle Time Dubai programme is making a significant difference, with the children involved in the Local Training Centres making great progress under the coaches and teachers who have completed the Shuttle Time Coaching Courses.

“It is great to see so many children here, the interest in badminton is really taking off and we look forward now to seeing how the girls have progressed when they participate in the Girls’ Championships this weekend.”

The competition was organized in conjunction with the Dubai Sports Council, and is part of the ongoing Shuttle Time Dubai grassroots development program which is aimed at increasing participation in badminton. Shuttle Time Dubai is part of Dubai’s four-year, multi-platform partnership with the Badminton World Federation (BWF), facilitated by Falcon and Associates, the pinnacle of which is the staging of the annual Dubai World Superseries Finals, which will be held in the city each year until 2017. 

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