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
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. geekaygames.com
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. virginmegastore.ae
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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. backtogames.com
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. geeknationonline.com
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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. facebook.com/ 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. marriott.com
LAST RESORT GAME ZONE
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. facebook.com/ LastResortUAE
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