2014 January 14 08:00
China’s world champion table tennis players accept the challenge on Burj Al Arab’s famous helipad
Dubai, 14 January 2014: Chinese world number one table tennis players Long Ma and ShiWen Liu joined an elite list of world number one sports’ stars, including Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Novak Djokovic, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, by participating in the first ever table tennis face-off on the Burj Al Arab helipad.
Located 212 metres above sea level, the Burj Al Arab helipad was transformed into a table tennis arena for this world special. The Dubai-sponsored Chinese National Table Tennis Team players were joined by Jike Zhang and Xiao Xia Li, the 2012 London Olympic men’s and women’s gold medalists, for an intense and exhilarating game.
The table tennis players in action on Burj Al Arab’s helipadHeinrich Morio, General Manager of the Burj Al Arab, commented: “Burj Al Arab has had the honour of hosting many of the world’s number one sports stars on its helipad. We enjoy getting involved with anything that is extraordinary, in line with Jumeirah’s philosophy of Stay DifferentTM, so we were delighted to both welcome the top Chinese table tennis players and be part of further strengthening the relationship between China and Dubai.”
Long Ma added: “It was a great privilege for me and my teammates to follow in the footsteps of sporting greats like Roger Federer and Tiger Woods. Playing on the Burj Al Arab helipad was an unforgettable experience and the view of Dubai was incredible.”
The private helipad of Burj Al Arab has proven to be a magnet for world sporting greats. Much like these sports stars, Burj Al Arab has many number ones to its name: World’s Most Luxurious Hotel, world’s largest atrium (big enough to fit the Statue of Liberty inside), world’s highest staff-to-suite ratio (8:1), world’s largest butler brigade and the world’s tallest all-suite hotel.
On the evening of the table tennis challenge, a special message -‘China – Dubai: one energy’ - was projected on to the Burj Al Arab sail to celebrate the growing ties between the Emirate and China.
The Chinese National Table Tennis Team has been sponsored by Dubai since January 2013 in an agreement facilitated by Falcon and Associates.
Notes to Editors:
The growing list of Burj Al Arab’s helipad stunts:
- Tiger Woods teed off in 2004
- Andre Agassi and Roger Federer faced-off in 2005 in a makeshift tennis court
- Rory McIlroy concluded the 2011 golf season by teeing off from the helipad
- David Coulthard performed donuts in the world champion Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula 1 vehicle in 2013
- Press release in Arabic (440 Kb)
- Photos of the players, helipad stunt and projections are attached. Photo credit: Naim Chidiac, Shadow Photography
- Additional photos are available from Jumeirah’s media library
About Burj Al Arab:
Burj Al Arab is managed by Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding. It is designed to resemble a billowing sail and stands at a height of 321 meters. It is one of the most photographed structures in the world and has been consistently voted the world's most luxurious hotel, with features including in suite check-in and check-out, reception desks on every floor, round-the-clock private butlers and use of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce fleet and private beach. The hotel’s 202 luxury suites range from 170 to 780 square meters with a rain shower and a Jacuzzi in each suite, as well as six restaurants and conference and banqueting venues.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul; as well as Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme.
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