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Middle East soon to be “Xbox 360ised”

Having launched in the US, the UK, Japan and Asia, Microsoft’s next step in spreading the 360 love is the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates will be the first to witness the beauty that is Microsoft’s beast of a machine, with the whole of the Middle East expected to be covered within seven months.

The launch will take place on the 26th April, with Saudi Arabia next in line. Other countries will follow afterwards. It seems only the Premium version will be released, at the price of 1,799 Emirati Dirham. Converted, that equals £246, €362 and $490. A pretty reasonable price then. Dubai-based Pluto Derinton Games will be responsible for the distribution of the consoles and the games to all major retailers in the UAE.

Microsoft’s Middle East Head of Entertainment and Devices Division Armagan Demir had this to say:

The official launch in the UAE will signify that gamers in the Middle East will not only have easy access to high-definition graphics, unparalleled online play and gripping digital entertainment features of the Xbox 360 but also the technical support, events, community and access to over 160 games that are available to gamers abroad

Don’t get too excited just yet though, as the most important feature for any true gamer would be the Live experience and, well, the UAE won’t have access to that just yet. But, in great irony, the WiFi adapter will be available for purchase.

Do we have any Middle Eastern readers that are excited about this?

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Comment by OLethalOShadowO on 2007-04-17 01:10:06 | Reply

Phase M of Microsoft World Domination
ETA: 9 days, 4 hours, 50 minutes

Comment by Lil Kid Bmore on 2007-04-17 01:33:49 | Reply

Lets hope they don’t buy Over G

Comment by EvolutionOX on 2007-04-17 05:45:13 | Reply

I agree PLEASE DONT BUY Over G fighters or anyother flight simulator game I would like to live to see the successor to xbox 360

Comment by OLethalOShadowO on 2007-04-17 01:57:02 | Reply

lol

Comment by trj156 on 2007-04-17 03:08:46 | Reply

which countries do not have xbox 360 yet and a launch is not planned?

[palpatine]And then we will have peace.[/palpatine]

Comment by Khalid on 2007-04-17 04:13:17 | Reply

You asked for it, you got it. Middle Eastern reader right here excited as hell! :)

Comment by BruNasty on 2007-04-17 05:48:47 | Reply

This is going to bring racist language on live to a whole new level, as if it wasn’t bad enough

Comment by wulves on 2007-04-17 06:40:18 | Reply

So playing counterstrike will have an authentic feel know.

Comment by ilker yasin on 2007-04-17 06:59:30 | Reply

Will They planning bring the Xbox360 to TURKEY after MARS?

Comment by ExpandedFlame on 2007-04-17 19:31:47 | Reply

exactly!!! I’m an american that live’s in Turkey and I’d really really like to see the Xbox 360 come to the market, the Playstation 3 officially came to the market here and they are claiming to be the beginning of High Definition games. it really annoys the fucking hell out of me cause the Xbox 360 did that first.
Turkey has a big market, I have like 10 guys on my friends list that live in Turkey who enjoy Xbox Live Gold everyday and bought their system from other place like japan…. i cant wait to see it in stores…

Comment by Mike K on 2007-04-17 07:26:23 | Reply

it’s enough to deal with terrorism in the real world, but now it’s spreading to our video games? i can already see that arab guy in COD 3 who keeps holding onto the gernade and is running towards you… oh god..

Comment by LOL'er on 2007-04-17 09:33:25 | Reply

LOL :-)

Comment by 7th Killer on 2007-04-17 08:03:02 | Reply

What The F##K. Seriously, some white people are soo flippin rascist. Like this MIKE K guy, are an idiot, or born dumb? Saying something like that???

United Arab Emirates is one of the fastest growing Country in the WORLD. DUBAI being the CITY OF DREAMS! If you guys go there, will be dying to LIVE your whole life there. ITS LIKE BLADE RUNNER, but for REAL! I am glad Dubai is getting XBOX360, its the most advance city. Too bad XBOX LIVE is not going to be available. I have alot of Friends there as I was BORN there and lived my entire life there.

There are no terrorist / or poor people or anything like that there. Stop being ignorant, and people improve your knowledge about different countries.

ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRY is getting XBOX 360, its amazing and sweet! Seriously, you guys need some education!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-04-17 14:44:34 | Reply

Yup, unfortunately your reply was a generalization of the people on the site which would also include me, so I take offense.

Stop being a hypocrite.

Comment by SilentAssassn87 on 2007-04-17 20:52:05 | Reply

“What The F##K. Seriously, some white people are soo flippin rascist.”
…Ok… by you saying “white people are so flippin racist,” does that not make you just as racist? You assume that the guys making racial remarks are white. WHY? I dont know. All you just did was add more stupidty to the fire. I agree with your point…but you started out on the wrong foot.

Comment by Mike K on 2007-04-17 21:03:33 | Reply

most americans are going to hate anything with arab or middle east in it after 9/11, so deal with it.

Comment by Wow. on 2007-04-17 21:23:17 | Reply

“There are no terrorist / or poor people or anything like that there.”

Yea, I guess you don’t count all the slaves that do the actual work. I suppose someone as rascist as you doesn’t see them as people, or their enslavement as a bad thing.

Comment by Worms on 2007-04-17 21:48:47 | Reply

UAE and Dubai use a lot of cheap labor from neighboring countries. You’re retarded if you say there are no poor people there. Lots of wealthy people there but they are not the ones doing the labor there.

Comment by Phusebox on 2007-04-17 08:55:57 | Reply

people just like to generalize…

I could also say every American has a low IQ (otherwise they wouldn’t have re-elected Bush)

Every German is a Nazi
Every Dutchman is a cheapskate
Every Belgian is dumb
Every Frenchman is chauvinistic (is that a word?)
and so on and so on

So please forgive people for being ignorant and having blindfolds on

You forgot to call me fat.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-04-17 18:38:50 | Reply

You also forgot to call him ignorant.

Wow you yanks do get it hard and the best you ever have to come back with is brush your teeth europeans but that was a sterotype from the 60s-70s so not even really valid anymore.

Anyway, doug probably knows I am playing where as the other normal sub standard intelligence owning americans can feel free to start at me.

Bring it bitches! I’ll show you how I roll.

Actually, he said I had a low IQ which I guess works. Go brush your teeth, Gluv.

Comment by Wow. on 2007-04-17 21:25:20 | Reply

actually I just spent two weeks in london, and their teeth are pretty horrible. The only thing worse than their teeth is the voices of their children.

Comment by Mike K on 2007-04-17 22:42:53 | Reply

lol. agreed.

Comment by Storm on 2007-04-17 09:38:44 | Reply

Having launched in the US, the UK, Japan and Asia,
Uhm Ross, UK != Europe

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-04-17 16:14:37 | Reply

^yeah…the UK is indeed a part of Europe, but what happened with the rest of Europe that isn’t part of the UK :P

Comment by mideastern on 2007-04-17 11:11:50 | Reply

wtf dude we got ps3 before europe, yet ms has to release the x360 I thought it was released ages ago cuz u can find it everywhere iguess we import a lot of stuff.

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-04-17 16:15:58 | Reply

wtf ps3 was only released in Japan & USA at first so if your name applies then they were also imported

Comment by Jack North on 2007-04-17 11:23:45 | Reply

Khalid, who in the fuck asked you to be here? exactly.

Be excited in hell just leave us alone and take that gay smiley with you.

OnThread: Good news, let’s see how this turns out.

Comment by Jack North on 2007-04-17 11:25:00 | Reply

please try to be at least slightly decent

OnThread: Good news, let’s see how this turns out.

Comment by Winter47th on 2007-04-17 11:28:47 | Reply

^
Way to welcome new comers, i sure would hate to see you two in the same lobby.

As for the news, i used to play with Arabs almost everyday, they’re cool, polite and cooperative when talked to, can’t wait for’em to join us officially.

But i quit Live because of the hellish lag, hope Micro set up some servers for us.

Comment by Sak on 2007-04-17 11:37:33 | Reply

I live in Dubai and have 2 xbox360s. Been playing since last Jan. Got one on EBAY and another one in the VIRGIN store in May as my old developed 3 redlights ring of death. But that was replaced free with the new one.

My setup:
http://i30.photobucket.co...sak500/xb360andsony50.jpg

Comment by Sage on 2007-04-17 11:39:24 | Reply

please try to be at least slightly decent

Comment by Mike K on 2007-04-17 21:05:18 | Reply

Your a smart one.

Comment by Winter47th on 2007-04-17 11:44:33 | Reply

For any Arabs who likes to participate in a good Arabic Xbox community, this’s a good place to go :
www.xgam3r.com

As for Mike K, ignore his trolling, he’s just making a bad name for him self.

Comment by Mike K on 2007-04-17 21:06:15 | Reply

yup, thats exactly it.

Comment by Sak on 2007-04-17 11:53:43 | Reply

cool site but its arabic only. I live in dubai but i’m a non arab

Comment by Winter47th on 2007-04-17 11:58:53 | Reply

Thanx bro, we thought of making an English section but we figured that Xbox English forums are flooding the net and it’s darn hard to compete with’em, so we kept it Arabic.

Oh, and welcome to UAE, hope you have a good time in it.

Comment by Blitzace on 2007-04-17 12:16:21 | Reply

ROFL, i never knew the entire continent of North America was under a huge rock. Poor + terrorists? Us? i’m sorry but with all due respect every single person I know from the UAE have the latest newest gadgets and consoles, HDTVs, Sound Systems, a room DEDICATED to videogaming, garages filled with exotic cars, and our government gave us roads fit for track use to drive our cars around. Us “terrorists” are living your American dream, only more luxurious.
As for xbox360 launching in dubai, we’re had it for a LONG time, theyre called imports. I have 3 xbox360s (none which are dead) each one with its own TV, 50+ games, and we do play LIVE.
p.s: over G was a piece of crap, Ace Combat 6 is where its at.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-04-17 22:23:31 | Reply

Your education system sure seems to be working pretty well. Go go English grammar misuse.

Comment by Sage on 2007-04-17 12:23:24 | Reply

You guys need to stop. honestly guys, this is racism at its worst

Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-17 12:56:53 | Reply

I wonder if they’ll be a Sucicide Bomber Theme deck on UNO now

Comment by Mike K on 2007-04-17 22:44:23 | Reply

LOL

Comment by the_list on 2007-04-17 14:01:06 | Reply

J1980 is on the list and is officially deemed a clown.

Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-17 14:20:07 | Reply

so long as im top of the list…lol i have a competitive nature..

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-04-17 18:41:48 | Reply

You are on the top of the list for being a clown, you bought a PS3 for fucks sake, bonus points right there.

Comment by SilentAssassn87 on 2007-04-17 20:57:36 | Reply

XD you beat me to it.

Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-17 21:45:48 | Reply

lol Glovy…I seem to call it a Blu-Ray player tho…I only like movies on it…oh & lemmings…

This news snippet was just asking for trouble lol

Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-17 15:03:01 | Reply

Yeah likewise I guess to the Middle east being told they can play games with US/EU gamers…

Now we know why someone else can set off your controller in video chat…B A N G !!!!!

Comment by The man on 2007-04-17 15:03:58 | Reply

you just lost the ability to post comments on this site

Comment by The man on 2007-04-17 15:07:16 | Reply

jokes! im really an arab

Comment by J1980 on 2007-04-17 15:13:20 | Reply

Lol…and everyone just thinks Im an arab because im olive skinned with black hair and dark brown eyes…Im half english, half scottish, but I live near a lot of asylum seekers and they seem OK. Sometimes its quite horrific what they’ve been through with their families shot dead and stabbed. But if they stopped walking the streets in groups, ppl wouldn’t be so on the alert for trouble..

Somebody please end this shit.

Comment by Concerned Citizen on 2007-04-17 15:57:53 | Reply

Well I’m not exactly going to take heart shaped cyanide or masturbate with my tears for the joy of joining you guys on Live since that most of you think Arabs are nothing but self-bombers.

But you guys need to wake up and smell reality, Arabians are not as what your media make them look like, so chill, and get to know each other and have a good time.

But you wanna play the racism or xenophobic card with : tEh ArABz r TeRROriSts me No wANt.

Then fine, whatever makes your day, but who are you after all, to treat them like sh!t ? remember that.

Comment by Concerned Citizen on 2007-04-17 16:02:13 | Reply

Well I’m not exactly going to take heart shaped cyanide or masturbate with my tears for the joy of joining you guys on Live since that most of you think Arabs are nothing but self-bombers.

But you guys need to wake up and smell reality, Arabians are not as what your media make them look like, so chill, and get to know each other and have a good time.

But you wanna play the racism or xenophobic card with : tEh ArABz r TeRROriSts me No wANt.

Then fine, whatever makes your day, but who are you after all, to treat them like sh!t ? remember that.

And good luck, Arabians and everyone.

Comment by Concerned Citizen on 2007-04-17 16:11:43 | Reply

Sorry, double post.

Here’s hoping that dedicated servers in the Middle East are a possibility now, the lag is killing us all.

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-04-17 16:11:52 | Reply

nice but it’s obivously not one of the most important markets to launch a console in…in most places in the middle east people are poor as fk & can’t afford decent clothes but there are the rich people too in certain areas of course

just hope it won’t encourage racism and terrorist-related conversations

Comment by from Kuwait on 2007-04-17 16:24:49 | Reply

I am from Kuwait, I already got my 360 but it went down on me :(, and we dont have cutomer support, so my money went away, any way, We already have 360 … people here prefer NTSC over PAL, So i think the Offical PAL system will not success, not like PS3 where it is region free

Comment by Tucky on 2007-04-17 16:54:55 | Reply

It went down on you? hahah lucky i keep trying to teach mine but its having none of it ha! sory couldnt resists

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-04-17 18:45:50 | Reply

You should’t have to much trouble pushing that little tadge of yours into the ethernet port, Surry said your dick was like a budgie’s tongue.

Comment by Concerned Citizen on 2007-04-17 16:33:48 | Reply

Yeah, i totally forgot about the region free thing, if it’s PAL only, that would seriously be FUBAR after waiting all this long for it.

Comment by Prettyvacant on 2007-04-17 17:16:39 | Reply

Fall update, it’s a cert!

Comment by BleedingEyes on 2007-04-17 17:28:06 | Reply

I only wish that Public Enemy recorded their song “Don’t believe the hype” on the day Bush was inaugurated.

Sorry, but most Americans are really dumb; can’t distinguish an Arab from a Muslim from a Jew on CNN Breaking News but as long as the oil keeps coming in, it’s OK to wage war?

Get a friggin’ life, you inbreds; most countries in the Middle East are more evolved in culture, knowledge and income/capita, among others, than the USA.

I certainly welcome the UAE (and other countries) to XBLive!

Comment by AugustusBot on 2007-04-17 17:30:32 | Reply

good luck getting the Video Marketplace over there :P

Comment by ExpandedFlame on 2007-04-17 19:34:17 | Reply

dude, i get it fine and i live in Turkey, i guess it’s cause my credit card is american cause that’s where I’m from

Comment by s2h on 2007-04-17 18:23:30 | Reply

I take offense to all these anti American comments.. I am not racist, not fat, not inbred, and work at NASA (we put people on the moon)

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-04-17 18:44:01 | Reply

You are fat, you are racist you are inbred, and that was all a publicity stunt and never made it up there anyway.

Christ any attempt you make since has been a fucking shambles so why should I believe you made it there in the first place.

Comment by SilentAssassn87 on 2007-04-17 21:03:17 | Reply

NASA…wow. You know the moon landing was a damn fake. So saying you work for guys who HOAX something like that does not help you.

Comment by Mike K on 2007-04-17 21:08:59 | Reply

your people who say the moon landing was fake are retards.

Comment by s2h on 2007-04-17 21:39:23 | Reply

have you ever left your parents basement?

Comment by s2h on 2007-04-17 18:23:59 | Reply

and I voted for Kerry

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-04-17 18:47:25 | Reply

Well maybe you should have had a word with the majority of your mindless population and you wouldn’t have elected Bush then?

Comment by s2h on 2007-04-17 19:17:02 | Reply

yes we never actually went to the moon… are you kidding me?? your comments alone show your ignorance (even tho you are just baiting for a flame war)

Team America…FUCK YEA

Comment by Moocow on 2007-04-17 19:23:39 | Reply

Moo

Comment by Ze Dude on 2007-04-17 20:16:39 | Reply

3ahd Stop Spamming this isn’t Kenji Blog :P
BTW Arabs Gamers Had Xbox360 From A While We Have US,Europe,Asian Systems Anyway We Didn’t Want Any officially release just putt our Countries in Xbox Live ..
Sig : Green Storm Better Than Ze Real Dude =P

Comment by 7th Killer on 2007-04-17 20:31:05 | Reply

Blitzace , one question, how do u play XBOX LIVE in Dubai? Because I dont believe the LIVE service is up and running in Dubai as of now.

Etisalat is the only phone company there, so Microsoft have to go through them to get u live, if you play XBOX LIVE, let me know how, I would love to inform my friends there and tell them to get live then. Seriously.

REPLAY Back please!

Comment by mass9 on 2007-04-17 20:59:37 | Reply

for every wealthy person in Dubai there are hundreds of extremely piss poor. They are not native to UAE, rather, migrant workers from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan etc…. to build your ‘track’ roads (and don’t be an idiot dude, there are just asphalt, they aren’t a friggnin race track). Extreme wealth cannot exist without extreme poverty. The ratio is very unbalanced, so to say there are no poor in the UAE is a lie. BIG TIME.

Yes americans can be ignorant.
Yes, euros can have bad hygene (sp?!?!)
Yes, arabs can be terrorists.

Its all generalizations, and while its not right, they are often apt.

For the record, I’m a Canadian. Yes, I like a good beer and no game is better than hockey. As for racisim, well, I figured that its just better and easier to hate EVERYONE for no particular reason than hating someone because of where their from.

With that in mind, I hate you all.
Bite me. Right on my ass.

Tastes nice, eh?

Comment by Veritas on 2007-04-17 22:29:08 | Reply

HUZZAH.

Comment by s2h on 2007-04-17 21:37:16 | Reply

pwned

Comment by Karma on 2007-04-17 21:46:46 | Reply

So nice to see all the various people of the world getting along so well.

Xboxic, it’s the UN of gaming.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-04-17 22:29:28 | Reply

I get to be Ukraine.

Comment by The Exciter on 2007-04-17 22:49:49 | Reply

I don’t wanna be American anymore :’(

These comments are getting too over the top now :/

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