Dubai Police is set to host a special edition of their famous Esports Tournament alongside the UAE SWAT Challenge. The event will be held in the Al Ruwayyah Training Facility and will run from February 3 to 4.
The tournament will feature a prize pool of Dh50,000. General Coordinator of the Esports Tournament, Lieutenant Saeed Adel Al Suwaidi revealed that 40 players will take part in the event.
Players will be divided into eight teams. Four teams will play Counter Strike 2 (CS2) throughout the first day, while the remaining four will play Valorant on the second day.
Matches will take place in the main tent of the UAE SWAT Challenge. Teams securing the first position in each competition will receive Dh15,000. Runners-ups will be awarded Dh10,000.
Taking this opportunity to create awareness
Deputy Director of Cyber Investigation, Major Abdullah Al Shehi, said that the opportunity also provides a chance to ‘enhance the tournament’s global objectives’. Along with esports, the event will also make players aware of critical issues on the internet.
These include keeping their personal information safe, and not interacting with strangers. This as per Shehi will enhance the player experience and security while gaming online. Hosting a tournament is a great way to get attention, said Shehi.
UAE expanding rapidly towards the esports sector
The Middle East is no stranger to the esports sector. Especially the UAE in recent years is focusing towards the esports sector. Multiple esports tournaments across several locations have taken place.
Dubai Gaming Festival and the Intel Arabian Cup are some of the popular events. Dubai will also be hosting the Global Esports Games in 2025. An investment of around $1 billion is planned to make the Middle East one of the biggest esports hubs in the coming years.