First e-Sports stadium in the Middle East set for Dubai

Dubai Media Office and TECOM Group to build dedicated e-Sports arena in Dubai
The Dubai X-Stadium will seek to attract and harness the creativity, talent and innovation of young generations, says Al Malek.
The Dubai X-Stadium will seek to attract and harness the creativity, talent and innovation of young generations, says Al Malek.

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The region's first e-Sports stadium will be established in Dubai.

The Dubai X-Stadium, a joint project between Dubai Media Office and TECOM Group, is intended to be a world class venue for e-Sports.

The project aims to tap into the growing e-Sports market and also to add to Dubai's tourism revenues. The project will also contribute to job creation and provide a platform that enables the creative talent of the region's youth.

This joint initiative was endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation under the Dubai 10X initiative at the Sixth World Government Summit, in February 2018.

"We are living in a world where digital culture is reshaping all aspects of life, including sports. This has led us to develop the concept of Dubai X-Stadium, which will consolidate Dubai's status as a key digital economy hub," said HE Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai Media Office.

"The idea aims at attracting millions of e-Sports gamers, spectators and enthusiasts from around the world and offering them unique on-line and in-person experiences."

HE Malek Al Malek, CEO, TECOM Group said: "TECOM Group, a member of Dubai Holding, is proud to take part in conceptualizing the Dubai X-Stadium, where we seek to attract and harness the creativity, talent and innovation of young generations, which is largely in line with our strategic vision in TECOM Group."

No technical details of the stadium were given. A number of dedicated eSports arenas have been established in recent years, typically with large screens for spectators to be able to see the games, and booths for the competing gamers. Seating capacities are generally in the hundreds, and venues are set up so that it is easier to view action on the screen and with greater comfort due to events that typically last all day.

e-Sports is predicted to be an AED 5.2 billion dollar market by 2020, according to analyst company Newzoo.

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