20 DEC, 2023
Qiddiya is gearing up to be a global hub for gaming and esports. Picture futuristic hotels, themed real estate, and amazing retail spaces covering a vast 500,000 sq m area.
The gaming district, set to attract 10 million visitors annually, will feature four sections, including a main stadium with a 73,000-seat capacity.
The world's biggest indoor LED screen will be part of an esports arena. Abdullah bin Nasser Aldawood, Managing Director of Qiddiya Investment Company, aims to host major gaming events.
With plans to host 25 esports clubs globally and serve as regional headquarters for 30+ leading video game developers, Qiddiya aligns with Saudi Arabia's National Strategy for Gaming and Esports.
Qiddiya, introduced by the Saudi Crown Prince a few weeks ago, is currently under development on the outskirts of Riyadh.
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