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Early release tickets on sale from 23 June. Buy now and save up to 30%

Dubai, UAE; 23 June 2019: Insomnia Gaming Festival, one of the world’s longest-running gaming events and a highly anticipated annual fixture in the UK, will be making its debut in Dubai on 17 October. With a line-up of world class games on offer, Insomnia Dubai is set to step up the adventure and entertainment scene for gaming enthusiasts across the region. With fans already eager to attend the interactive event, you can now save up to 30% by buying early release tickets that will go on sale on Dubai Calendar’s website and app, from 23 June.

The highly anticipated Dubai event will run from 17 to 19 October at the Meydan Grandstand, marking the 66th show of the Insomnia Gaming Festival since it was launched in the UK in 1999. Featuring a range of exciting offerings including a cutting-edge Virtual Reality section allowing participants to experience the next dimension in gaming, gamers will also be able to compete in tournaments, and watch professional eSports gamers battle it out in real time. Fans will also enjoy a drone racing competition, popular video games and retro gaming, an area where they can go back in time to experience some of the best games of the past, in addition to several events and activities spread across the three-day show.

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), commented: “Dubai is continuously evolving its entertainment landscape year after year, catering to all interests and cementing the city’s reputation as a leading events destination to global audiences. We are delighted to support the debut of the Insomnia Gaming Festival in Dubai, a welcome addition to the city’s year-round and diverse calendar of events. Given the growing popularity of the gaming scene regionally, we anticipate a huge number of enthusiasts to visit Insomnia Dubai, what will be the emirate’s biggest gaming extravaganza, as they enjoy immersive one-of-a-kind experiences.”

Other attractions at Insomnia Dubai will include a dedicated cosplay area, where you can dress to impress in the costume of your favourite character, stage shows featuring gaming contests and interactive stage productions. Visitors can also enjoy ‘After Party’ activities, an Expo; where fans can pick up some great gaming merchandise, the opportunity to see major gaming publishers showcase their latest releases, meet favourite gaming influencers, and also pose with ‘special guests’ for selfies, leaving with take their autographs, and more.

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Full details of all events in Dubai can be found on Dubai Calendar’s website and app.


About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism)

With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate. Dubai Tourism is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector, and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Business Events, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.

About Dubai Calendar

Dubai Calendar’s website and app is a free resource that allows residents and tourists to dive into the heart of the city and discover upcoming events and offerings. With an average of 150 events listed at any one time, and 35 new events added every week, Dubai Calendar is an all-access pass to ‘what’s on’ in Dubai. Tickets can also be bought quickly and securely through the app’s purchasing platform.