Saeed Hareb says new Dubai Mall attraction will help to 'change the sports scene forever'
The head of Dubai Sports Council has hailed the launch of the UAE's first virtual reality arcade, saying VR is set to "change the sports scene forever".
VR Sports is located in the Virtual Reality Theme Park in Dubai Mall, and has been officially launched by the international digital agency, ARkub Interactive, in the presence of Saeed Hareb, secretary-general of the Dubai Sports Council.
VR Sports is a one-stop-shop for sports fans and active families, where enthusiasts of all ages can play over 20 VR games, including basketball, football, skiing, golf and cricket.
Competitions and activities designed for everyone will start next month, in time for the World Cup, state news agency WAM reported.
It quoted Hareb as saying: "VR will change the sports scene forever. It will help in making workouts more effective and athletes will not even have to step out of their homes to train. VR Sports is a great new addition to Dubai’s sports scene, not just for virtual reality enthusiasts, but also sports professionals who are looking to improve their game.
"We at Dubai Sports Council are looking forward to working with VR Sports in our efforts to further enhance the sporting landscape of Dubai and add exciting new technological advances like VR," Hareb added.
Hind Sergieh, managing director of ARkub in Dubai, said: "The fit was just natural. The VR Park is geared towards the newest and most innovative ideas in virtual reality today. We plan to enhance the experience on a regular basis by integrating new content as users’ expectations are growing exponentially towards VR and the sports industry is transforming."
Around the world, similar VR parks have been established in several cities, including Miami and Guiyang in China’s Guizhou province, which in November 2017 unveiled a 134-hectare park which includes 35 virtual reality attractions.