The hub will include the first-ever certified esports academy in the region with the mission of highlighting the importance of playing responsibly.
Abu Dhabi’s waterfront destination Al Qana has revealed its plan to open the largest esports hub and virtual reality gaming complex in 2021. The hub, called Pixel, is set to be a location-based entertainment (LBE) and will cater to families, gamers and technology enthusiasts.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Fouad Mashal, CEO of Al Barakah International Investment and developer of Al Qana, and Karim Ibrahim, CEO of Robocom VR.
Under the terms of the MoU, Robocom VR will be the sole provider of the content and technology for Pixel gaming hub while Al Barakah International Investment is the key developer of the project.
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 host tournaments as well as an arcade area that will be run by gamers for gamers.
Commenting on the MoU signing, Fouad Mashal said: “In line with our vision to bring a 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.”
Karim Ibrahim added: “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.”