A real-life 'Squid Game' is being organised in Abu Dhabi
- The Korean Cultural Centre in the United Arab Emirates is organising a "Squid Game" themed event.
- The session is open to 30 people, and is slated to be held this week at the Centre's Abu Dhabi office.
- Players will experience the games seen in the popular Netflix series, including "Red Light Green Light" and the Dalgona candy challenge.
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Fans of the wildly popular "Squid Game" series on Netflix in Abu Dhabi will be given a chance to experience a real-life "Squid Game," sans the murder and bloodshed.
The Korean Cultural Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is organising a re-enactment of the games seen in the Netflix series for two teams of 15 participants. The event is slated to be held this Tuesday, 12 October, in two sessions at the Centre's Abu Dhabi office.
"Squid Game" premiered on Netflix on 17 September and skyrocketed to the number one spot in the US, according to Netflix's public rankings. The show is a Korean-language drama about desperate individuals who have found themselves in severe economic difficulty. Seeing no way out, 456 players opt into a series of deadly challenges modeled after Korean childrens' games in the hope of winning a jackpot prize of $38 million (R570 million).
According to the Centre's event page, four out of the six games seen in the Netflix series will be played during the event. These include the "Red Light Green Light" and "Dalgona Candy" challenges, both of which spawned trends on TikTok. Players will also get to try their hand at the "Marbles" and "Ddakji" (paper-flipping) games, also seen in the series.
The Centre's games will be held in two-hour, tournament-style sessions, and the eliminated players will get to watch the rest of the games from the sidelines. Sadly, there's no prize money.
To apply to join the UAE's version of "Squid Game," applicants must fill out a form containing three questions that tested them on their basic knowledge of the Netflix show. Thankfully, applicants didn't have to run the gauntlet of being slapped by a game recruiter multiple times just to get invited to the games.
Nam Chan-woo, the UAE Korean Cultural Centre's director, told local media outlet Khaleej Times the participants will be dressed in T-shirts bearing the show's logo, while the event's staff will don the pink circle, triangle, and square costumes that the show's guards wore during the show's death games.
"The games seem a bit brutal in the series to maximise the dramatic element. However, all the games in the show are popular ones played by Korean children from past to present," Nam told the Khaleej Times. "Just as K-Pop gained worldwide popularity through YouTube in the 2010s, I think platforms such as Netflix would be a channel for the global spread of Korean video content such as dramas and movies."
In the meantime, "Squid Game" fever continues to sweep the internet and is turning some previously commonplace Korean games and snacks into global trends. Most recently, a maker of Dalgona candies, a toffee snack that was featured in one of the show's challenges, said he was so swamped with customers that he hasn't gone home for a week. Outfits seen in the show are also being snapped up in stores, including white slip-on Vans and green retro tracksuits.