Take part in a real-life video game at IBattle in Ghantoot

Abu Dhabi's Battle Park has a new attraction

Take part in a real-life video game at IBattle in Ghantoot
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When it comes to gaming, people tend to get really immersed into the experience.

If that sounds like you, or someone you know, then get ready for this - the UAE has a new experience that pretty much brings video games to life.

IBattle is now open at Ghantoot's Battle Park, which lies just on the Abu Dhabi side of the border between the capital and Dubai.

The game might sound violent, but it's entirely safe, and offers you the chance to experience eight fields - including Zombie Wards, Urban Assault, Junkyard Raid and Desert Storm - to take on your pals in a combat situation.

The system used was initially part of military training, so it pulls no punches when it comes to realism.

Don't worry - this isn't paintballing, so you won't need to get kitten up in overalls and worry about any big lumps on the side of your head. IBattle uses infa-red signals that indicate when shots have been fired or when you have been shot yourself.

The equipment was created with ex-military engineers form the UK and there are also kid-sized versions available.

Ziad El Kassir, founder and owner of Battle Park, said: “When the idea came to me to create IBattle I wanted to recreate the online gaming experience in the real world.

"I wanted to create a real space for like-minded people to be able to play and interact away from their daily routines and hustle and bustle of the city.”

You can choose from multiple gaming scenarios and, just like in a game, there are responsive boxes for replenishing ammo and renewing life force.

A second Battle Park is due to open at Last Exit Al Khawaneej in January 2020, too.
From Dhs60 per game per person. Battle Park, Ghantoot, battlepark.ae.

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