Abu Dhabi is constructing an esports island

Together with

The Future. Esports lounge network True Gamers is building an island dedicated to all things esports that’ll ultimately cost $1 billion to develop. Joining an already growing number of islands that have turned Abu Dhabi into a major tourist destination, this island may make the United Arab Emirates the center of the international esports industry.

Ultimate playing field
The Mecca of esports is coming to Abu Dhabi.

  • The island near Al Raha beach will have “a luxury hotel, high-tech venues for global and regional tournaments, professional training facilities like the GG Bootcamp, and even content creation spaces,” per Hypebeast.
  • The resort will have 200 rooms, each including a state-of-the-art gaming computer.
  • There’ll also be “isolated rest areas” at the bootcamp for gamers to nap in between tournaments and access to a balanced nutrition program. (But will it have Mountain Dew?)

True Gamers hopes that the island becomes the go-to hub for the esports industry in the Middle East, which has defied global trends to become a burgeoning esports market and home to some of the biggest tournaments in the world.

A stunning fact: BCG reports that over 60% of the region’s population are gamers. Wow.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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