Gam­ing, manga, Star Wars and more. From quirky clubs to join, shops that house the lat­est kit and in­ter­net cafés for those all-night gam­ing ses­sions – here’s how to let your freak flag fly in the cap­i­tal

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The geeks shall in­herit the Earth, the old say­ing goes (sort of). Whether you’re mad for manga, crazy for cos-play or ob­sessed with Star Wars, you’ll need our guide to all things geeky in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal


The clue is in the name at this shop de­signed specif­i­cally for gamers and geeks. The lat­est video games and con­soles are avail­able to pur­chase, but more im­por­tantly there’s plenty of col­lectible kitsch for fan boys and girls. From branded T-shirts, comic book ac­tion fig­ures, Su­per­man bob­ble­heads and nov­elty phone cases – you can deck your­self out in geek chic from head to toe.

Al Seef Vil­lage Mall, Khal­ifa Park, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 4411828. Taxi: Al Seef Vil­lage.


You can find a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing in this shop. From head­phones to vinyl records, gam­ing equip­ment and plenty of weird gad­gets and things you never knew you needed (we’re look­ing at you adult colour­ing books). There’s even an adults game sec­tion that sells ev­ery­thing from drones to Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tle fig­urines and Harry Pot­ter wands.

Yas Mall, Yas Is­land, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 5651319. Taxi: Yas Mall, Yas Is­land. vir­gin­mega­s­


Caters to lovers of table­top games, trad­ing card games, role play­ing games and more. Best of all is the sense of com­mu­nity the shop is try­ing to build by host­ing tour­na­ments, so shop­pers can get out and meet other board game lovers. Boutik Mall, Al Reem Is­land, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to mid­night. Tel: (02) 5623338. Taxi: Boutik Mall. back­


Whether it’s comics, movies or video games – this shop does a bit of ev­ery­thing. There’s a con­sid­er­able amount of fan boy and girl kit to get your­self decked out in, with T-shirts, hood­ies, base­ball caps and even busi­ness card hold­ers.

Yas Mall, Yas Is­land, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to mid­night. Tel: (02) 5650629. Taxi: Yas Mall. geek­na­tionon­


If you’re a fan of Ge­orge RR Martin’s epic fan­tasy nov­els

Game Of Thrones and the TV se­ries, then look no fur­ther than this blink-or-you’ll-miss-it sand­wich shop in Al Kha­lidiyah. The rus­tic wooden and stone dé­cor feels like you’ve stepped in­side a din­ing hall in Win­ter­fell and while the menu is small, that shouldn’t stop die-hard fans from vis­it­ing. Don’t miss the iron throne made of cut­lery.

Al Kha­lidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 2pm to mid­night, Thur and Fri 2pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 3048106. Taxi: near Al Arab Hyper­mar­ket.


Part café and part gamer lounge, this spot gets its name from the ded­i­cated booths, or gam­ing sta­tions, set up for din­ers. Guests can get their hands on the lat­est PlayS­ta­tion games, watch live foot­ball matches and check out a com­puter gam­ing hall. We rec­om­mend you visit early or call ahead if you’re plan­ning on gam­ing and eat­ing to en­sure you get a spot.

Al Kha­lidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 9am to mid­night, Thur and Fri 9am to 1am. Tel: (02) 6668447. Taxi: next to First Gulf Bank. face­ Booth­cafe1


If you’re af­ter a brunch that’s a bit dif­fer­ent check out the Eat.Play.Laugh op­tion at Mar­riott Ho­tel. In ad­di­tion to the food, there’s also games (think foos­ball, a Nin­tendo Wii and a gi­ant Jenga sta­tion), a ma­gi­cian, car­toon­ist and DJ to keep din­ers en­ter­tained. This month, if you book brunch for two with the play pack­age, you can stay the night in the ho­tel. Terms and con­di­tions ap­ply. Im­por­tant note: the brunch will be hosted un­til the ad­vent of Ra­madan.

Mar­riott Ho­tel Down­town, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs275 to Dhs450. Tel: (02) 3047777. Taxi: Mar­riott Down­town, near Al Wahda Mall. mar­


A pop­u­lar spot since open­ing four years ago, this shop fea­tures a gam­ing arena, VIP sec­tion and small cafe­te­ria serv­ing snacks like hot dogs, sand­wiches and na­chos. Ti­tles on of­fer in­clude

World Of War­craft, Dota 2,

Counter Strike and Over­watch – but if you’ve got a dif­fer­ent game you’re keen to play they’ll let you bring it in too.

Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 2am. Tel: (02) 4455833. Taxi: near Gava Ho­tel. face­ LastRe­sortUAE

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