Dubai: The first badminton academy in the Gulf is coming under the leadership of renowned badminton coach Pullela Gopichand. The academy will open on the 25th of this month at the Shabab Al Ahly Club in Dubai. The GBA (Gulf Badminton Academy) is a joint venture between Dubai-based Sports Live International Division Sports and India-based Brandprix Pvt. Ltd. Gopichand said when the academy opens in the Gulf region, a good percentage of Indian expatriates will also benefit. The last date for registration is October 20. Phone 052 743 1500.