Government of Dubai Media Office: The Government of Dubai Media Office and TECOM Group have jointly announced Dubai X-Stadium, the region’s first dedicated esports stadium, which will establish Dubai as a regional and global hub for hosting video gaming events.  This joint initiative was endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation under the Dubai 10X initiative at the Sixth World Government Summit, in February 2018. 

In line with the leadership’s vision to transform the nation’s economy into a knowledge-based one, Dubai X-Stadium is set to tap into the $99.6 billion video gaming industry. Esports events lie at the convergence of the media, gaming and entertainment industries.  Global revenues are estimated to reach $1.5 billion by 2020 and Dubai X-Stadium will be positioned to play a central role by hosting world-class esports events. With esports increasingly becoming a global-spectator sport, Dubai’s tourism industry is also expected to benefit from the initiative.

Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office said: "We are living in a world where digital culture is reshaping all aspects of life, including sports. This has led us to develop the concept of Dubai X-Stadium, which will consolidate Dubai's status as a key digital economy hub. The idea aims to attract millions of esports gamers, spectators and enthusiasts from around the world and offering them unique online and in-person experiences.”

The project will also contribute to job creation and provide a platform that enables the region’s youth to express their creative talent.

HE Malek Al Malek, CEO, TECOM Group said: "TECOM Group, a member of Dubai Holding, is proud to take part in conceptualising the Dubai X-Stadium, which seeks to attract and harness the creativity, talent and innovation of young generations, which is largely in line with our strategic vision in TECOM Group."

Dubai 10X

Dubai 10 X is an initiative that was launched under the 2017 directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to Dubai government entities to embrace disruptive technology with the goal of placing Dubai ten years ahead of any other city in the world.

At the World Government Summit in February 2018, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, endorsed 26 projects submitted by 24 Dubai government entities as part of their participation in the Dubai 10X initiative.

Led by the Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai 10X aims to establish Dubai as the city of the future by reshaping the concept and methods of the government with forward-thinking vision and initiatives.

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