UK’s Biggest Gaming Festival Insomnia Is Coming To Dubai And They've Announced Their First Headliner

Author: VIRAJ ASHER | JULY 30, 2019 | DUBAILAD

Get your game on, lads! The UK’s number one gaming festival, INSOMNIA is making its Dubai debut at the Meydan Grandstand Conference Hall, from Thursday, 17th-Saturday, 19th October.

INSOMNIA gaming festival coming to Dubai

Picture this. It’s 1999. Hundreds of gamers are bringing their huge computers to a multiplayer LAN event, connecting to the internet via dial-up broadband, where the gaming graphics take a lifetime to load.

That’s how INSOMNIA started! The 20-year-old gaming festival is now a British institution, a place for gamers of all backgrounds to challenge and play in a gaming-focused social atmosphere.

Over the years, the gaming festival has been bringing huge events like the Call of Duty World League, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and many more Esports tournaments.

Since its inception in ’99, INSOMNIA has called many sites around the UK its home and this year, they’re bringing all the best bits of gaming to Dubai.

SeaPeeKay announced as INSOMNIA’s first headliner

YouTuber SeaPeeKay will be taking to INSOMNIA’s Main Stage and you could stand a chance to hang out with him at the festival.

The British gamer rose to prominence for his Minecraft and GMod gameplay content on YouTube. Fun fact, he boasts a world record of setting the fastest time for building a house in Minecraft!

Half a million dirhams up for grabs at INSOMNIA’s esports finals

We’re not kidding, INSOMNIA is giving away a whopping AED 500,000 combined cash prize at their Esports tournament!

To qualify, gamers have to register at their pre-event, ‘Road to INSOMNIA’ to participate in a line-up of online tournaments and battle with fellow gamers.

Online registrations are open for Rainbow 6, Apex Legends and CS:GO, live via Gamers Hub Middle East.


“From casual to seasoned gamers, families and thrill-seekers, everyone is welcome, whether they want to play, listen or just watch at INSOMNIA Dubai. An immersive gaming festival first and foremost, we are working around the clock to curate a show with a variety of dedicated gaming features across different age groups, ensuring there will be fun and entertainment for everyone to experience!”

James Magee, CEO of INSOMNIA event organizers Global Event Management in Dubai

Cosplayers, where you at?!

Whether you have a next-level superhero suit or cartoon character costume sewen by your mum, show it off at INSOMNIA’s cosplay competition.

There’s nothing to lose! They’re giving away exciting gifts, cash prizes and awards, taking place at the INSOMNIA Main Stage. It’s open to cosplayers of all different levels, experience and ages. Register here.

LAN parties

No matter how prominent console gaming becomes, you just can’t ignore the charm of PC gaming. INSOMNIA is sticking to its roots, hosting a massive LAN party. All you have to do is bring your laptop/computer, connect to the LAN network and play in an inclusive atmosphere.

Catch the future of gaming at INSOMNIA

Gamers and tech- enthusiasts can check out their dedicated virtual reality gameplay arena, and check out drone racing competitions.

Meydan Grandstand Conference Hall will be split up in lots of different zones, so we recommend planning your time as strategically as PUBG avatar

Limited early bird tickets available. Get them now!

A limited batch of Early Bird tickets are on sale right now. A single day pass costs just Dhs 75 +VAT and Dhs 200 +VAT for a weekend pass. Groups of four can avail a discounted price of Dhs 250 +VAT for a day ticket and Dhs 700 +VAT for a weekend pass.

Get your early bird tickets from Platinumlist and Virgin