Insomnia Dubai: Here’s What to Expect at the Middle East’s Biggest Gaming Festival

  • Insomnia Dubai kicks off on Thursday, October 17 (doors open 2pm) and runs until Saturday, October 19 (doors open 11am).
  • A World Exclusive with ‘FPS1’ for every ticket holder to play
  • A superstar line-up of special guests awaits, including The Sidemen, Seapeekay, Jason Paige, Tommy Tallarico,&Fasoleyya.
  • Insomnia Dubai will host the Middle East’s biggest LAN party, with 14 Turn Up & Play Areas featuring gamers’ favourite titles.

Dubai, UAE (October 2019): Insomnia Dubai, the biggest and most anticipated gaming festival in the Middle East, in partnership with Dubai-based events company, Global Event Management (GEM), isjust days away! The all-out gaming spectacularwil take place at Meydan Grandstand on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 17 to 19, with a jampacked line-up of gamers’ favourite console, PC, esports and retro gaming, board games, card games and cosplay competitions. A single-use plastic-free gaming festival, Insomnia Dubai will feature meet and greets with superstar influencers and celebrities, VR, action-packed live entertainment, and so much more.

A Jampacked Line-up

  • Turn Up & Play Areas: Take part in the region’s biggest LAN party, across 14 feature areas dedicated to your favourite gaming titles.
  • Esports Tournaments: The Road to Insomnia will culminate in the Grand Finals at Insomnia Dubai, where gamers will compete for a ¼ million AED prize pool across 12 popular gaming titles.
  • Meet & Greets: Every day, all ticket-holders will have to the chance to meet special guests, including their favourite gaming stars, influencers, celebrities, and creators, such as Josh, Ethan and Tobi of The Sidemen, Seapeekay, Jason Paige, Tommy Tallarico, and Fasoleyya.
  • 1v1 Playoffs & Challenges:Play against members of legendary YouTubers The Sidemen and Minecraft superstar Seapeekay (limited slots available).
  • Cosplay: The world of cosplay comes alive at Insomnia Dubai, with a wig workshop, panel discussion, kids’ competition and awards, 12+ competition, Cosplay Pro Competition, and awards ceremony.
  • S3 Freestyle Team: Featuring the best street playersof the moment, the viral video sensationsare flying in from Paris to kick up a storm on the main stage.
  • Merchandise & Retail: Deck yourself out in brand-new official Insomnia Dubai merchandiseorshop exclusive pop culture merchandise and gaming memorabilia.
  • After Party at Soho Garden: Party with the stars at Insomnia Dubai’s official after party at Soho Garden (free entry for Boss VIP Party ticket holders).

A WORLD EXCLUSIVE: The Insomnia First Person Shooter Game

The Virtual Training Simulation,a.k.a‘FPS1’, is a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience system brought to you by applying the world’s best computer vision technologies based on human gaming interactions.This system can be applied to any FPS game to bring a virtual reality experience to the games that you’d normally play with a keyboard or controller.

Controls can be pointed at a projection screen that is accurate down to the pixels on the screen, and the player can look around in the 3D game environment, bringing the game into reality. The simulation system has been redesigned and reengineered to deliver a first-of-its-kind simulation, for a one-of-a-kind gaming experience.

Unforgettable Live Performances& Exclusive Announcements

Original Pokemon theme singer Jason Paige will perform the Pokemon song live for the first time ever in the Middle East, exclusively on Insomnia Dubai’s main stage. He’ll be joined by CEO & President of Intellivision Entertainment and all-round video game icon Tommy Tallarico for the unmissable live performance. Tommy will also bemaking a very special announcement from IntellivisionEntertainment for the region.

The mindblowing entertainment doesn’t stop there, though; Insomnia Dubai’s Official Entertainment Partner – West End Worldwide – the multi award-winning team of producers, technical designers and cast, who have produced over 50 West End productions, are set to light up thegaming festivalwith an explosive array of daily game reenactments, stunts, stage performances and more.

The Gaming Quiz with Catboy&Lorra

Don’t miss The Gaming Quiz with Catboy and Lorra (Dubai 92 Radio) on Saturday, October 19, from 6pm to 7.30pm. For Insomnia Dubai, the team behind The Dubai Quiz has gone full-on gamer!Are you and your squad up for beating the big bosses of quizzing, or will it be Game Over? Any Insomnia Dubai ticketholders can enter; teams must comprise of 4 (min’)to 8 members (max’). Pre-register your team HERE!

Unwind Boardgame Zone

That’s right, boardgamers have a chance to walk away with prizes too. Visit the Unwind BoardgameZone on the main show floor, featuring 50+ boardgames to turn up and play, plus tournament finals.Try out the games or participate in the Unwind Boardgame Tournaments to win fantastic prizes, including an iPhone 11 orIpad; that is, if you prove yourself worthy. Participants will be put through rigorous, tear-jerking rounds of board games where their minds as well as their spirits will be tested.

VR Zone (Turn up &Play)

At the VR Zone, brought to you by Virtual Worlds, gamers can expect to see multiplayer games for up to 4 players, including Serious Same (The Last Hope), Face your Fears 2and an Insomnia original gaming experience. Much-loved VR classics will also be featured, such as Beat Saber, along with a Virtual Worlds edutainment activation.


Experience a custom-built setup where teams can battle it out in an adrenaline-infused playoff using infrared laser guns, with outstanding connectivity systems of communication between players, for the perfect shot accuracy display. What are you waiting for? BE THE GAME at the iBattle Zone!

Go Gamers UAE Online Student Championship Winners

Following a series of eSports tournaments as part of the ‘Road to Insomnia’ – Go Gamers, the fastest growing eSports platform in the Middle East, will crown the winners of the UAE Online Student Championship and present the Championship Trophy live on the Insomnia Dubai main stage.

Retro Zones

Insomnia’s Retro Zones, featuring ‘The Games Kon Retro Zone’ and ‘The Retro Arcade Zone’, are hands-on, interactive zones that give visitors the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. Arcade machines, pinball machines and retro consoles are all available within the zones, and free to play!Some of the consoles in ‘The Games Kon Retro Zone’ include theSuperFamicon, Nintendo 64, Atari, Sega, PS 1, PS2, MSX, Wii, Gamecube, Family Computer, and more.

HADO Zone (Turn Up & Play)

The HADO Zone is interactive augmented reality (AR) crossed with sports, to create a competitive and fun ‘techno sport’. 2 teams of 3 battle it outusing iPhones as headsets and controllers. This hands-on experience is the ‘next big thing’ in gaming!

A Gamer’s Paradise

But that’s not all; there’s even a Bounce Trampoline, as well as a Just Dance Competition, Chillout Zone, and much more.