Arabian Adventures, the UAE’s leading destination management company, is bringing the first, Dubai-based version of Questo’s award-winning city games and tours to the region.
Bucharest-based Questo has been transforming cities around the world into exploration games via technology with its ground-breaking mobile app since 2017, which can already take users on journeys through mission-like tours in more than 80 cities across Europe, the US and Asia. Its first ‘quest’ in the Middle East is now launching in Dubai in partnership with the destination experts at Arabian Adventures.
Each Questo route is unique, based on the history of its destination. In Dubai, ‘Historical Dubai’ – now available to download via the Questo app – is its first game-based, self-guided walking tour to launch in the city, encouraging users to follow clues and solve puzzles to retrace the steps of the fishermen, pearl-drivers, weavers and tradesmen that once came to trade at Dubai Creek.
Justine Thomas, General Manager of Arabian Adventures, commented: "Arabian Adventures is delighted to bring a first to the region through Historical Dubai, an innovative self-guided walking tour offering an entirely new way to view the city. Through our partnership with the technology and gaming experts at Questo, our in-house destination experts are able to share their local Dubai knowledge and insights in a unique way set to engage people of all ages.
"Historical Dubai will guide users via a series of clues through 3km of sikkas, pedestrian streets, and the marina that lines Dubai Creek’s edge, as part of an exciting journey to discover iconic landmarks, local stories and hidden gems in this historic location and important part of the history of Dubai."
"With domestic tourism proving increasingly popular at this time, this new outdoor walking tour offers UAE residents and tourists the chance to explore more and a different element of Dubai. Offering an alternative to joining a group tour, yet still featuring a wealth of information, its self-guided, on-demand nature allows users to observe social distancing whilst providing the flexibility to start the tour on their own schedule, at their own pace."
Combining gaming with city sightseeing, Questo’s pioneering offerings teleport users inside a fictional story where they are the main character, giving hints in order to solve riddles and move around a city whilst finding out its hidden stories. In Dubai, the Historical Dubai quest takes users on a journey through the Al Fahidi Historical District, its charming eateries and bustling souks, on to a traditional abra ride across the Dubai Creek and beyond.
"There’s even the chance to find a world-record-breaking treasure," Thomas added.
The new walking tour has been created for UAE residents and tourists following the popularity of guided sightseeing runs Arabian Adventures offered for a limited-time in partnership with Questo and sports brand ASICS, as part of the 2020 Dubai Fitness Challenge.
Thomas said: "With hundreds of people in the UAE downloading the Questo app to take part in the 3km fun run that Arabian Adventures and ASICS offered as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, we’re hoping to maintain its momentum and keep people moving with this exciting new way to explore the city."
Historical Dubai is now available from AED72.99 ($19.8) on the Questo app, which can be downloaded for Android in the Play Store or for Apple in the Apple Store. - TradeArabia News Service