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The Global Esports Tour Jets to the United Arab Emirates

Following the success at Los Angeles and Riyadh,

the GET arrives at the home of Expo 2020 Dubai


After a historic opener in Los Angeles, and a first live event with spectators in Riyadh, the Global Esports Tour’s journey across global cities continues. The Global Esports Federation’s pro-team tournament will make a stop in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), to be played on Friday and Saturday November 26 & 27, 2021.

The Global Esports Federation delegation to Dubai. L-R: GEF Commissions members Sinclair Hoffmann and Hala Ghandour, former-Chief Development Officer for Expo 2020 and Founder of Bluejay Works; Abdulla Al Gurg, VP of Emirates Esports; His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President of Emirates Esports; Paul J. Foster, GEF CEO; Adrian F. Lismore, GEF Board Member, and Rustam Aghasiyev, GEF Director of Global Events.

CS:GO has retained a high level of popularity among gamers since its release almost a decade ago, attracting tens of millions of monthly active users.


The Global Esports Tour Dubai will take place in two stages: an open qualifier featuring 32 of the UAE’s top CS:GO teams on November 17-22, 2021*, with the top 16 progressing to the second stage on November 26-27, 2021 through a virtual series that will be live streamed on the GEF’s Twitch and YouTube channels. The winning team will join seven international pro-teams at GET Dubai in March 2022, to compete for a total prize pool of AED1 million.


“This year has been a year of many firsts for the Global Esports Federation. From staging our first ever live tournament in Los Angeles, to our first live-audience event in Riyadh with thousands of spectators, GET Dubai wraps up this year’s Global Esports Tour calendar before we head to Singapore for our inaugural flagship event, the Global Esports Games,” said Paul J. Foster, CEO of the GEF. “We look forward to an even more robust calendar in 2022 as we reconvene in more global cities next year for the GET.”


The GET Dubai will run concurrently with the next edition of GEFcon, to be held on November 26, 2021, at the Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) at the Expo 2020 Dubai.


With less than a month to go before GET Dubai, a delegation from the Global Esports Federation including CEO Paul J. Foster; GEF Board Member Adrian F. Lismore; Hala Ghandour, former-Chief Development Officer for Expo 2020 and Founder of Bluejay Works; Sinclair Hoffmann, both members of GEF Commissions; and GEF Director of Global Events, Rustam Aghasiyev, were in Dubai this week to meet with leaders from Emirates Esports to discuss the preparation work and future opportunities.


The GEF delegation was received by the President of Emirates Esports, His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and Vice-President, Abdulla Al Gurg. Over a series of bilateral meetings, both sides agreed to jointly develop a series of tangible initiatives in service to the esports community.


L-R: Abdulla Al Gurg, VP of Emirates Esports, His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President of Emirates Esports, Paul J. Foster, CEO of Global Esports Federation and Adrian F. Lismore, Global Esports Federation Board Member.

The GEF presented Emirates Esports with a certificate of designation, naming them as hosts of GET Dubai 2021, 2022, and 2023. The GET is staged in key global cities throughout the year, showcasing the skills and talent from different game genres from around the world. Among other exciting global destinations, the GET is set to head to Brazil, Canada, China, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA in 2022, and beyond.


*Note: The first stage (open qualifiers) of GET Dubai 2021 will now take place from November 17-22.