Al Qana to open Abu Dhabi’s largest VR & e-sports hub
Abu Dhabi waterfront destination Al Qana has revealed its plan to open the city’s largest eSports hub and VR gaming complex in 2021. The facility, named PIXEL, is set to be the latest evolution of location-based entertainment (LBE) and will cater to families, gamers and technology enthusiasts. Robocom VR will be the sole provider of the content and technology for ‘PIXEL’ Gaming Hub. Al Barakah International Investment is the key developer of the project.
The concept of ‘PIXEL’ will introduce a world-class eSports hub combined with virtual reality in one single gaming complex. Visitors will have the chance to immerse themselves in online gaming in one experience through the latest technology from a variety of virtual reality simulators. ‘PIXEL’ will also include the first ever certified eSports academy in the region with the mission of highlighting the importance of playing responsibly. The hub will also feature an events space to host tournaments as well as an arcade area that will be run by gamers for gamers.
Karim Ibrahim, CEO of Robocom VR, said in a statement: “There’s a constant demand for new and diverse location-based entertainment centres that fit the global standards across the Middle East. 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 focused towards leisure and fun for all, with over 50% of the leasable area assigned to entertainment. The project is on track for construction completion with over 90% complete.