Faisal Salah
Faisal Salah
Journalist


Dubai aims to create 30,000 new jobs in the gaming sector by 2033. Pawan Singh / The National
How Dubai is positioning itself as the Middle East's gaming hub

MenaTech Entertainment chief executive Mario Perez speaks to The National about how the emirate's latest moves are shaping the future of the industry in the region

July 22, 2024, 3:06 AM
Herc's Adventures was released in 1997 on the PlayStation 1 and Sega Saturn. Photo: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Hand-drawn art in Herc's Adventure still scores

Considered one of PlayStation 1’s best releases, the 1997 game has three playable characters and lots of great humour

July 19, 2024, 6:02 PM
The Esports World Cup in Saudi Arabia runs for seven weeks and features 22 competitions across 21 titles. SPA
The most lucrative prize pools at the $60m Esports World Cup

The nearly eight-week tournament kicked off earlier this month, with athletes competing across 22 games

July 19, 2024, 3:04 AM
Pixoul is a gaming and Esports hub at Al Qana in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Pixoul Gaming
The best gaming lounges and cafes in the UAE

These venues across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah promise a good time for people of all ages

July 14, 2024, 2:05 PM
Groom Anant Ambani with his parents Mukesh and Nita on the day of his wedding. Reuters
How much did the Ambani wedding cost?

The 18-month-long event was capped off in Mumbai over the weekend

July 14, 2024, 8:32 AM
Death Stranding 2: On The Beach stars Norman Reedus and is directed by Japanese video game auteur Hideo Kojima. Photo: Kojima Productions Co / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Eight of the biggest video game coming in 2025

Plus, Donkey Kong classic moves to the Switch and the Doom series goes back to the Dark Ages

July 13, 2024, 3:06 AM
Burj Al Arab under construction in April 1997, left, and the landmark hotel in 2021. Photos: James Davis / Corbis; Chris Whiteoak / The National
When the construction of Burj Al Arab began 30 years ago

Envisioned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the ultra-luxury hotel helped propel the city to global fame

July 12, 2024, 6:02 PM
Nintendo boss Shuntaro Furukawa said his company will not use generative AI to make games. Getty Images
Nintendo's rejection of AI sets the stage for the future of gaming

The developer says it's focusing on its human innovators to deliver value – and it could be an exemplary stance for the likes of Microsoft and Sony

July 11, 2024, 2:53 PM
Resident Evil 2, initially released in 1998, enjoyed a resurgence when a remastered version arrived in 2019. Photo: Capcom
Why classic horror video games will never die

Some of the most popular titles have been updated to modern standards offering an even better experience on newer consoles

July 09, 2024, 10:06 AM
Sony Computer Entertainment America Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kazuo Hirai poses next a display of PlayStation games at their offices in Foster City, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999. After soaring to the top of the gaming console industry in less than three years, Hirai, the father of the Sony PlayStation says they are gearing up for serious competition in 1999. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Why the PS1 release was the biggest step forward in console gaming

It was almost a collaboration with Nintendo, but Sony turned it into a juggernaut of the industry on its own

July 07, 2024, 3:09 AM
MediEvil is a hack-and-slash fantasy game from 1998. Photo: Sony
Retro game of the week: MediEvil is still wicked fun 25 years later

Released in 1998, it is one of several cult favourites from the original PlayStation era enjoying a resurgence

July 05, 2024, 6:02 PM
Eddie Murphy reunites with John Ashton and Judge Reinhold in the fourth Beverly Hills Cop film. Photo: Netflix
Eight new films and TV shows to stream this month

From the return of Beverly Hills Cop to a Palestinian documentary, this month packs a diverse selection of comedy, drama and horror

July 03, 2024, 10:04 AM
The inaugural Esports World Cup will run from July 2 to August 24 in Riyadh. Photo: Saudi Press Agency
Esports World Cup: $60m prize, 21 games, 'ultimate competition'

Riyadh plays host to event with $60 million prize pool as professionals from around the world battle it out in 22 competitions across 21 titles

July 02, 2024, 12:25 PM
A scene from Despicable Me 4, the fourth film in the hit franchise. Photo: Universal Pictures
Year of the fourquels? Here are 10 of cinema's best

With standout examples such as Fury Road and Ghost Protocol, the fourth film in a franchise has often proved to be a series high point

July 01, 2024, 2:03 PM
It is customary for many Emiratis to stay with their families even after marriage, but this columnist chose to move out. Getty Images
Why I skirted Emirati tradition and moved out after marriage

The expectation regionally is to remain at home until owning a property of your own

June 28, 2024, 6:05 PM