Dubai in is set to become the latest city to tap into the expanding esports market after plans were revealed to open a dedicated venue in the United Arab Emirates city.

Announced on the Dubai Media Office Twitter page, the venue will be launched in partnership with Tecom Group Dubai and be designed specifically for esports contests.

Details of the Dubai X-Stadium are being kept under wraps for the time being, but Mona Al Marri, director general of the Dubai Media Office, said it will help to consolidate Dubai’s position as a “key digital economy hub”.

“We are living in a world where digital culture is reshaping all aspects of life, including sports,” Al Marri said, according to the Khaleej Times. “This has led us to develop the concept of Dubai X-Stadium, which will consolidate Dubai’s status as a key digital economy hub.”

Habib Chams, founder and manager of the DGC Games Dubai event, also spoke out in favour of the move, telling the Khaleej Times that he has been pushing for the city to capitalise on the growing esports sector for some time.

Chams said: “This is a great move and is public oriented too. I have no doubt it will bring high gaming companies and competitors to UAE.

“We want to see the growth of Dubai’s gaming eco-system and with the introduction of this we are definitely on the right path.”

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