The highly anticipated Dubai Esports and Games Festival (DEF 2023) concluded with resounding success, elevating the gaming landscape in Dubai, and fostering a sense of community among gaming enthusiasts.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the electrifying DEF 2023 showcased the latest from the gaming industry, catering to every gaming passion with a dynamic line-up of events including 14 pulse-pounding esports competitions and 57 unmissable games with casual gamers, esports enthusiasts, and seasoned industry professionals from around the world immersing themselves in the world of gaming. With thrilling competitions, cutting-edge technology, and a vibrant atmosphere, the festival showcased Dubai as a global gaming hub and a world class location for gaming enthusiasts to connect.
DEF 2023 showcased Dubai as a global gaming destination and transformed the development of the gaming technology landscape with more than 27,000 enthusiastic gamers engaged. Dubai is working hard to foster the size of the gaming industry in the Emirate, aligning to the ambitious D33 economic agenda to double the size of Dubai's economy over the next decade.
The festival's grand venues, diverse tournaments, cutting-edge technology, influencer appearances, cosplay extravaganzas, interactive zones, and engaging community activities came together to create an unforgettable experience for gamers and fans. As Dubai continues to embrace the world of gaming, we can only expect even more spectacular events in the future, solidifying its position as a gaming powerhouse.
Gaming superstars took part in intense matches as they battled it out while playing games including Fall Guys, Fortnite, Rocket League, FIFA 23, Overcooked, Street Fighter 6 and Call of Duty. The thrilling competitions, cutting-edge technology, and vibrant atmosphere, highlight Dubai’s reputation as a global gaming hub…and the fun doesn’t stop there!
Whether you're a casual gamer or a dedicated esports fanatic, Dubai offers a thriving gaming culture with a range of incredible state-of-the-art gaming venues with all the top games that are sure to ignite your passion for competitive and fun gaming. Get your game face on and explore the captivating world of gaming in Dubai with the best places for gaming and esports enthusiasts to enjoy all year round, and get ready to participate in DEF 2024!
12 of Dubai's Best Gaming Centres
Rails is one of the best gaming destinations for the more dedicated video game fans out there. Located in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, it is the ideal place to gather with friends and challenge them to everything from Call of Duty to Rocket League. The trendy café is a popular hangout for gamers in the area, and you can rent out a private gaming room for parties and hosts competitions and special events.
Rove Downtown is the perfect place to holiday in Dubai while not falling behind on your gaming. It offers the region's first ever hotel room designed exclusively for gamers, and is equipped with state-of-the-art gear such as chairs with built-in lumbar support. Even the dishes on the room service menu are themed, so you can fuel up on Lara Croft’s calamari and Kitana flatbread.
Unleash your inner warrior at Xstrike, an indoor action-packed entertainment destination in Dubai, where combat simulation meets competitive gaming for players of all ages. Combining the cutting-edge technology of Xstrike’s laser targeting system with the intensity and gritty realism of live combat, this gaming venue offers a completely new way to experience the adrenaline-pumping atmosphere of a real-life battlefield.
The Arcade by Hub Zero is the first gaming-themed entertainment park in the area, located near Al Khawaneej Walk and offering gamers in the city an unmatched new experience. The Arcade also offers some of the most sought-after video games today! You are guaranteed a fun-filled day out whether you want to join forces and take on villains as part of the Justice League, protect Gotham City as Batman, or compete in a friendly game of Mario Kart.
Que Club is a popular state-of-the-art gaming facility that caters to the needs of avid gamers and enthusiasts of all ages. The centre offers a unique and immersive gaming experience, combining the latest technology with a vibrant and energetic atmosphere. If you really want to challenge yourself, then head on over to the VIP Gaming Room, where Que Club hosts and organises regular tournaments for games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends.
Wavehouse at Atlantis, The Palm, has a gaming area packed with over 50 retro arcade machines as well as rides. It's spread out over two floors, and gaming fans are sure to flock to the Xbox area, where they can play Fortnite and other console favourites.
Play DXB, the world's biggest indoor virtual reality zone, is located in Dubai Mall and features many games you can play on your own or with friends that toddlers, teens and the young at heart can enjoy.
Immersive Gamebox, located at City Centre Mirdif and Al Zahia, mixes ur socialising with something a little different. Step into the gamebox and enter a fully-private, interactive digital room featuring projection mapping, touch screens, motion tracking, and surround sound to enjoy a hyper-immersive adventure with dates, mates or family!
Arena Games blur the lines between your current reality and a whole new universe of possibility. With the most advanced technology in the world of VR, this is the ultimate free-roam social experience that lets you and your team fully immerse in your virtual surroundings with games including Beat Saber and John Wick Chronicles.
True Gamers esports club is the perfect destination for gamers of all levels, and offers a wide range of gaming products and immersive experience for both casual and hardcore gamers. Gamers can enjoy the latest video games, top notch gaming consoles and accessories, an unparalleled level of service, futuristic design, and the best gaming devices to provide you with an exceptional gaming experience.
Astral Esports is Dubai's newest esports and pop culture venue specializing in emerging gaming talent and all things geeky. If you are an avid gamer, you can enjoy a high end pc set up with over 30 rigs ready to play all the latest competitive games. Enjoy an active tournament schedule, competitive events or casual games for players who just want to chill, socialize, play and eat.
Ezone located in Karama is a gaming center that offers a wide range of esports games, including popular titles like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and FIFA.
DEF 2023 has transformed Dubai into the epicenter of the esports and gaming industry, emphasising its position as a global gaming destination. The event not only entertained but also encouraged a sense of community among gaming enthusiasts. Dubai has once again proven that it is at the forefront of innovation and is poised to become a leading hub for esports and gaming events.
News Source: Dubai Media Office