Dubai’s upcoming gaming extravaganza will be a single-use plastic free event, all to support the solution to plastic pollution locally, regionally and globally.
Throughout the three-day fest (Thursday October 17 until Saturday October 19), gamers will be given fabric wristbands instead of plastic ones, while all food and beverages will be served in eco-friendly containers and cutlery.
Gamers will be able to purchase reusable water bottles, while water will be supplied in 18-litre reusable containers from water dispensers, with free refills also available.
Insomnia also encourages attendees to bring their own bottles, as they’ll be able to fill their bottles for Dhs5.
“We feel the ‘single-use plastic free’ movement is extremely important, which is why we’re taking the step to lead by example with our gaming festival, which targets a younger demographic and young families,” CEO of GEM Events and organiser of Insomnia Dubai James Magee.
“It’s a shocking statistic that every single piece of plastic ever made still exists in some form. It can take 450 years just for a plastic bottle to degrade, and with 51 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic pollution (500 times the number of stars in our galaxy), there’s a real worldwide issue with our consumer habits.”
Magee added, “we need to work together to form a culture where single use plastics are avoided, and with more and more companies making efforts to be plastic free, it will soon become the norm for us”.
What else does the big weekend have in store? Insomnia is bringing the some big stars of the gaming world, including Pokémon singer Jason Paige for a big performance, along with Josh, Ethan and Tobi from famed YouTube channel The Sidemen.
Let the plastic-free gaming sesh begin…
From Dhs131.25 (day ticket), from Dhs1,000 (Warrior VVIP and Beast VIP), from Dhs750 (party with The Sidemen). Thu Oct 17-Sat Oct 19. Meydan Grandstand, Al Meydan Road, insomniadubai.com.