VR & AR experiences comes to most visited mall on Earth.
With 51 million annual visitors shopping at 50 football fields worth of stores, the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Mall is the largest (by total area) and most visited shopping and entertainment center in the world. Over 1,200 stores currently live in the massive facility, making it one of the hottest locations in a city famous for its shopping and leisure.
Of course it wouldn’t be the outrageously expensive Dubai Mall we all know and love without its wide selection of captivating entertainment. The latest of these attractions being VR Park, a brand new 75,000 square foot VR & AR entertainment center that promises to pack some of the finest VR, AR and location-based immersive experiences currently available.
Located between Reel Cinemas and KidZania Dubai and spanning two floors, VR Park offers multiplayer “shared escapism” through standard VR for PC, AR games, location-based experiences, a full cafe, and even an indoor rollercoaster.
A vast majority of the immersive journeys available are provided by Starbreeze Studios, the creators of the much-talked about panoramic StarVR headset. With support for a 210-degree field of view and a whopping 5k resolution, the device is supposed to provide some of the clearest and most enthralling VR experiences possible at this time. This is also due to a catalogue of captivating games and experiences, eight of which are open at the facility now.
Put your headset on! The ultimate Virtual Reality attraction is NOW OPEN in @TheDubaiMall. Visit to explore more than 30 experiences with friends and family. .@mention someone to bring along. #VRPark #ChallengeReality pic.twitter.com/IKmr4lo2L4
— VR Park Dubai (@VRPARKDubai) March 2, 2018
“We are thrilled to be part of launching the VR Park in Dubai and very happy to have found a partner in Emaar Entertainment that share the same vision and focus as we at Starbreeze do for location-based entertainment in VR” stated Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze CEO. “We have had destination-based entertainment as a focus for our VR initiatives over the past years, and now visitors from all over the world can experience our vision for premium VR content not available at home. We see our participation in the VR Park as a showcase for all of our experiences and a must-visit destination for VR enthusiasts and first timers with curious minds alike”.
Here are the eight StarVR-based experiences currently available to Dubai Mall attendees:
Fight for your freedom atop a towering building while battling bots high above the city Streets. Luckyhammers puts you in the experience as Big Mike, a massive weaponized cybernetic Ape, whose creator, the APE-X Program, desperately wants back! Your experience begins with breathtaking views of Cavendish city as the sun begins to set with the sounds of the metropolis humming around you… too quickly your solitude is interrupted by the buzz of the laboratory drones. Listen closely to your ally, Doctor Plant and her instructions if you hope to survive this ordeal and finally gain your freedom. With 360º of mobility around the peak of the high rise, keep your wits and shuffle around the building’s ledge to avoid falling. You will need to defend yourself and discover the full extent of your capabilities in Big Mike’s cybernetic body as you shoot, blast and swat drones out of the sky.
Featuring the exclusive PresenZ movie format, Construct gives a taste of how next generation CGI movies will allow allows visitors to step in to supreme, detailed scenes and explore them, look around corners and come up close to actors and characters.
John Wick Chronicles
John Wick Chronicles lets you play as the legendary assassin John Wick.
Geminose The VR Carousel
Geminose: The VR Carousel is an experience for the whole family to introduce you in the world of the Geminose, where Magic, Music and Dance takes place in the Geminose World.
Get yourself immersed on a remarkable ride of fun and joy to discover the Geminose and their world. The Geminose are beautiful creatures that aspire to become Rock Superstars legends with your help! All the Geminose have unique personalities and different country of origin, they love to play instruments and decorate their rooms with different furniture and accessories.
The Mummy Prodigium Strike
Play an exciting and pivotal scene from Universal Studios’ 2017 film, The Mummy, as a Prodigium Agent tasked with capturing the ancient princess Ahmanet, while battling hordes of ravens, spiders and undead. From a helicopter hovering above and from the thick of the action on the ground, you must protect your fellow agents as the Mummy grows in power. It’s a battle to the finish to either capture her or be her slave for eternity!
OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead – Outbreak
Step into the world of the Walking Dead where the apocalypse has hit, and Walkers roams the streets. Players will explore an infested hospital and do what they can to survive. Don’t open the door, there are dead inside.
PAYDAY: The VR Heist
PAYDAY: The VR Heist is the full bank robber experience, where you’ll get to fight cops and loot vaults through the eyes of a heister. PAYDAY: The VR Heist gives you full presence as you take on jobs together with friends throughout Washington D.C. PAYDAY is a worldwide hit brand where gameplay, community interaction and plenty of content updates are highly important to its success. PAYDAY 2 is about teamwork as you need to cooperate to succeed on each heist. Now, the next step for PAYDAY 2 is PAYDAY: The VR Heist, where you’ll get the full feel as you, yourself, walk into the bank and rob, shoot and loot with full 360 vision and immersion.
Developed by RED Games, The Raft is a four-player experience where teamwork is paramount. In this thrilling, cooperative, multiplayer VR experience, you and friends will board The Raft and defend the swamp against an infestation of supernatural creeps. Venture deep into the heart of the swamp, select weapons and employ tactics to combat your outer-worldly adversaries. With enemies emerging from the shoreline, the water, and the sky, it’ll take all four players to make it through the swamp safely.
“VR Park is the latest revolutionary experience to be delivered by Emaar Entertainment, as we continue to propel the leisure and entertainment (L&E) sector into the future and reinforce Dubai’s position as a pioneering entertainment destination,” added Damien Latham, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Entertainment. “Partnering with leading technology and content providers such as Starbreeze enhances our ability to deliver unprecedented entertainment experiences and push the boundaries of innovation for the industry, creating an ultimate destination for leisure and entertainment in the Middle East.”
Dubai Mall’s VR Park is open now to the public. For more information visit vrdubaipark.com.