If you need even more incentive to catch a pixelated creature on your smartphone screen, then head over to the Dusit Thani Dubai, where playing Pokémon Go could gain you an upgrade to your buffet package.
The first five players each day to catch a Pokémon on the hotel premises – and take a screengrab to prove it – can enjoy a free upgrade to the theme night dining packages at the Californian Restaurant.
The nightly buffet normally costs Dh165-210, with a Dh60 normally to upgrade to premium beverages – that’s the bit you could get free.
This package is the latest in a string of hopeful marketing plots to tap into the craze for augmented reality game, which combines GPS and smartphone camera technology to send players exploring the real environment. Dubai nightclubs Societe and VIP Room recently announced themed “Pokémon parties.”
The Dusit’s promotion lasts until the end of August, presuming the game – just three weeks old at the time of writing and yet to be officially released in the UAE – is still popular.