Emirati entrepreneurs heralded for Abu Dhabi laser maze idea

The next start-up in Abu Dhabi could be a giant laser tag arena tailored to attract residents and tourists to the capital.

Mohamed Saleh and Ahmed Ali won this year’s Rowad Al Seyaha, a leisure competition opened to Emirati entrepreneurs, with their idea to build Abu Dhabi’s first laser maze, dubbed Weez.

The award is an initiative launched last year by the Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) and Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development to increase tourism by developing schemes that are non-existent on either the Corniche or Eastern Mangrove.


Participants entered the four- phase competition over the past few weeks which gave them the opportunity to speak with field experts and professionals and a chance to present their idea before key market players including Khalifa Fund, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Department of Economy and Urban Planning Council.

“During the last six weeks we have learnt a lot of things that have shaped our talents and made us offer our idea creatively,” said Mr Saleh. The pair will receive help from various government entities as well as consultancy services.

“The standard of the competitors for this year’s Rowad Al Seyaha was very impressive, and we hope their involvement in the month-long coaching programme with our industry experts proved to be helpful to them in developing their initial ideas into viable business plans,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, acting executive director of tourism at TCA Abu Dhabi.

Runners-up included Sultan Al Zaabi for a giant chessboard idea and Ghada Al Ameri for an open-air cinema.​

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