Interview with Ahmed Sari, Living Rooms Cafe

By on December 21, 2010

Ahmed Sari talks to us about his unique gaming cafe concept.

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When we heard about The Living Rooms Cafe, we were excited to say the least. A new concept gaming cafe that merges a traditional gaming cafe experience with the comfort of your living room is a first for Dubai. Located at Dubai Festival City right next to Fitness First, The Living Rooms Cafe is divided into lots of gaming stations, each following the theme of a living room filled with sofas, bean bags, a large LCD TV and all the video games and gaming consoles you can desire. You can walk in, select a console of choice (PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii) and the game you want, get comfy on the sofa and start playing your game of choice with your friends. If gaming is not your theme (and let’s face it, if you’re on this site, it probably is), you can also watch a movie instead or just sit around and have a chat. What makes this place a lot cooler than your living room is that you get a choice of three consoles and a massive sized TV to play it on. You can also order in food and beverages while you play.

We caught up with Ahmed Sari, Managing Partner of The Living Rooms Cafe to talk to him about this unique gaming cafe concept.

1. What’s the concept behind the Living Rooms Café?

Well, Living Rooms is a unique and exclusive video game café. It is the first and the only place of its kind. Living Rooms offers in-shop video gaming services and café. It provides the state-of-the-art video game systems equipped with the most exclusive gears and games; Sony Playstation, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox. It also furnishes a relaxing living room experience in the heart of the mall as a unique experience to video games lovers and guests. Besides its primary function as a video game store, Living Rooms is a social, fun, and relaxing café for families and friends to meet and challenge their skills over a drink. Customers can also play board games; Monopoly, Cludu, Risk, Dominos, …, they can play Billiard, Baby Foot and many others.

2. What are the most popular games at the café right now?

The most popular games, now and almost always, are mainly the followings:

• FIFA 11, the newly released soccer game.
• PES 2010 – Pro Evolution Soccer.
• Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 2.
• Guitar Hero, Band Hero, and DJ Hero.
• Takken 6 and Super Street Fighter.
• Wii Sport, Wii Resort, and Wii Cart.

3. Of all the consoles, which one gets played the most – PlayStation, Xbox 360 or Wii?

Well, most of our customers are PS3 players, however Wii and X-Box have their own customers.

4. What kinds of gaming accessories are available?

In line with Living Rooms concept, providing the latest games and accessories is one of our main priorities. Living Rooms recognizes the speedy evolution of gaming industry that makes individual unable to cope up.

Therefore Living Rooms make available the followings:

• Obviously all type of standard controllers of PS3, X-Box and Wii.
• Various types & sizes of fighting sticks (joysticks) that works perfectly for fighting games; Street Fighter & Takken.
• Steering wheels for car racing.
• Music kits; guitars, drums, Turntables, and for sure microphones.
• All wii standard and non-standard controllers, arcade controllers, wii fit, and motion sensors.
• The lately released Play Station Move controllers, motion sensors, cameras, …
• It is not to be forgotten, Living Rooms is fully equipped with a high speed internet connection and in-house network makes possible to costumers playing online games and challenge their next neighbor.

5. What are the charges for playing at the Living Rooms Café? Do you have a loyalty scheme?

Living Rooms adopts a time-based tariff system. Consumer is simply billed according to number of hours he/she uses the service in addition to the price of order (if any). An AED 50/hour/2 players is the basic rate, whereas discounted rates is applicable when costumer is using Golden or Silver Living Rooms Loyal Card.

6. Are you planning on running any special offers or promotions?
It is very regular Living Rooms to have special offers and promotions. Currently we offer free soft drinks and snacks with every purchase of loyalty card. We also offer very discounted rates with Birthday Packages and many more.

We advise our customers to regularly check our website and Facebook page for update on latest offers www.livingroomscafe.com


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Hitesh is a tech/games journalist and Business Development Manager for the Tbreak Network.

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