Due to the robust increase in internet users, the United Arab online gaming market is expanding at an ascending rate. From a general survey, it is approximated that there are around 1.6 billion internet users that play games worldwide, out of which 38% are from the Arab world and are constantly increasing. Amongst the world’s top 100 gaming markets UAE is ranked as the world’s 35th gaming country with total revenue of $324 million. Online gaming has been evolving in the region over many years, and there are numerous online gaming companies locally and regionally that offer a wide variety of online games regionally and locally.

Video Games

The feeling of enjoyment and winning is further increased if one plays a game on a device that offers the superior sound quality, the best graphics, and mesmerizing gameplay. In the UAE, this has been particularly overruled by mobile gaming followed by game console and PC. It is seen that on average, a gamer spends around 20 to 40 minutes each day playing their favourite games on their devices. The growing popularity of this segment has also led to the hike in smartphone manufacturers increasing their offerings to gamers and their needs.

Spending Habits of Gamers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

UAE’s game revenues are so high and there is no big surprise in this. UAE’s online population is considered as the world’s biggest spenders on games in terms of both i.e. the amount they spend on games and in terms of the share of spenders. In fact, almost half of the UAE’s online population spend their money on games. The models that dominate this platform are the mobile players and the money earned from them is difficult to calculate because of the free-to-play monetization. When calculated, 33% of gamers in the market spend on PC followed by 38% on console and 39% on mobile highest among all. This is because the majority of gamers in the UAE are willing to spend more on their mobile phones as compared to other devices.

 Games played by the United Arab Emirates:

40% of the UAE’s population claimed the most popular genre on mobile is a puzzle as a hyper-casual puzzle is the chief game of the mobile market. However, 35% of the UAE’s population enjoys racing, 33% of them enjoy shooting, and the remaining 32% are engaged in sports. Other most commonly played games by the Emirates are FIFA, Call of Duty, Candy Crush Saga, and many more.

Here is the list of best Dubai gaming available online and played by the Emirates:

  1. F1 2019– This game is the twelfth title in the Formula One Series and is developed and published by Code Masters. This game was released on 28 June 2019. It is the official video game based on Formula 2 Championships and 2019 Formula One. This game was officially launched by the Code masters in the year 2019. This game features twenty drivers, eighteen Formula 1 car, twenty-one circuits, and ten teams present in the Formula One 2019 World Championship. This new update of the game has superb Formula 2 cars.

It is available on Xbox, PS4, and PC.

  1. AO Tennis 2- This game is published and developed by Big Ant Studios. It was released on 9 January 2020. This game features various types of tennis matches. At the end of each level, players get money. Mostly, players like to play a higher level as it is exciting and competitive. It can be played in solo mode as well as multiple player mode. In multiplayer mode, four players can compete with each other. To play the doubles, the cooperation mode is also available. Some of the fascinating features of this game are- create your logos, players option, stadium tools, and share with the Tennis audience.

It is available on PS4, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows.

  1. FIFA 20- This game is the twenty-seventh title in the FIFA Series and is developed and published by Electronic Arts. This game was released on 27 September 2019. The latest version provides the favourite modes from previous editions, such as Ultimate Team, Pro Clubs, and Career Mode. For the first time, Volta Football is launched in this game and is quite similar to the former FIFA Street version.

It is available on PS4, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia, and Microsoft Windows.

  1. Madden 20: It is the only fully licensed American Football game. Some areas of upgradation in the 2020 version of this game include- control tweaks, the updated story mode, and new superstar player options.

It is available on Xbox, PS4, and PC.

  1. The Golf Club 2019– This game is published by 2K Sports and is developed by HB Studios. It was released on 28 August 2018. It is the third sequel to the highly-rated PGA Tour 2K Series with improved gameplay, career mode, and online options.

Available on PS4, Xbox, and PC.

Conclusion

UAE is a highly attractive market across the globe, with the majority of the population highly engaged in online gaming. It is on the radar of many publishers or brands looking to lure young, digitally native spectators.