Al Qana to open largest VR and esports hub in Abu Dhabi in 2021

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Al Qana has announced plans to open Pixel, the largest esports hub and virtual reality (VR) gaming complex in Abu Dhabi, as part of the new waterfront destination in 2021.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Fouad Mashal, CEO of Al Barakah International Investment and Karim Ibrahim, CEO of Robocom VR.

Under the terms of the MoU, Robocom VR will provide content and technology for the project, while Al Barakah International Investment will develop Pixel.

Pixel will include the first ever certified esports academy in the region, as well as the latest technology, a variety of VR simulators, an events space to host tournaments, and an arcade area.

“In line with our vision to bring world-class experience to Al Qana, our partnership with Robocom VR will position Pixel as one of the most sought-after VR and esports destinations in the UAE,” said Mashal.

Content and technology provided by Robocom VR

“Pixel will also include the first ever certified esports academy in the region with the mission of highlighting the importance of playing responsibly.”

Gaming industry revenue is estimated to be larger than that of worldwide box offices, music streaming, album sales, and major sports leagues combined.

Gaming in the MENA region is estimated to be worth $4.5 billion, while the number of Middle East gamers is thought to be more than 100 million.

In addition, esports alone is estimated to be a $1 billion industry, and the forecasted annual global gaming revenue will reach more than $200 billion by 2023.

“There’s a constant demand for new and diverse location-based entertainment centres that fit the global standards across the Middle East,” said Ibrahim.

Al Barakah International Investment to develop Pixel

“With Pixel, gamers will have a chance to fully immerse themselves into new dimensions of gaming. We will provide an opportunity for gamers to grow and develop their professional talent to compete in international competitions and tournaments.

“Building VR hubs is the bread and butter of Robocom VR and we are excited to reveal gamers’ heaven, the most integrated gaming experience at Al Qana Abu Dhabi, for the UAE and the rest of the world.”

Al Qana is a new waterfront entertainment, dining and leisure destination in Abu Dhabi. It will also feature an outdoor skate park, as well as the National Aquarium.

Al Qana is on track for construction completion in late 2020.

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