Yanja El Khattat is the President of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, where the Intercontinental Cup padel of the AICP.

For years he has heard about padel, particularly in Dakhla. However, at present, there are still no tracks in the city…with the exception of the one that was set up especially for the event in one of the public squares.

But this could change quickly in the pearl of the Sahara… Yanja El Khattat tells us more.

Dakhla, (soon) a land of padel ?

The return of padel in Dakhla, we experience it with a great joy. It’s a sport that is very unifying. I think that Dakhla is a city with a future for this sport.

I believe that the organization of this type of competition will offer much more influence in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region. Moreover, we rely a lot on the association which organized this event, particularly materially.

Intercontinental Cup 2024

Finally, tracks of padel ?

We have, finally, three tracks for the practice of padel which will be installed in a hotel establishment not far from here.

This track, where the Intercontinental Cup is currently being played, we are trying to see if we can leave it here, in this environment. In the end, we could soon find ourselves with four tracks of padel.

A sport that can please

People here are ready to learn how to play this sport. Some already play tennis, for example, so the padel already has a very good image among young people in Dakhla.

So we think with four tracks it will be a good start. Then we will see to continue to proliferate the padel in Dakhla.

Young Dakhla

Dakhla and sport-tourism

The tourism that we have, here in Dakhla, is water sports tourism, including kitesurfing. So why not see one day Dakhla also become a destination for padel.

Today the only thing missing is raising people's awareness from here. But when there is a vocation among young people, we will be able to support as a region to facilitate initiatives.

Gwenaelle Souyri

It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.