Gulf Air adds traditional games to IFE system

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Gulf Air adds traditional games to IFE system
Traditional Middle Eastern card game Basha is among six local games to be added to Gulf Air’s IFE offering.

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has updated its in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering with six traditional Middle Eastern games.

The airline claims to be the first in the world to offer traditional local games as part of its onboard entertainment. Among the games are Tawle, an Arabian backgammon-style game, Basha, a popular regional card game, and Moosiqar, which allows users to play a digital version of the Middle Eastern instrument, the ‘oud’.

Ahmed Janahi, the airline’s Acting Chief Commercial Officer, said: “As one of the oldest carriers in the region, Gulf Air has always tried to maintain links with tradition. It’s an added bonus for Gulf Air and our customers that we will be the first airline in the world to provide these games while supporting a Middle Eastern game publisher at the same time.”

The game publisher is a company called Quirkat, whose games are distributed to airlines by Ensemble Media. The games have been added to Gulf Air’s IFE offering across the entire fleet.