The 23rd Annual Gulf Scrabble Championships

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The GSC is the ONLY world-ranked tournament for the mind sport in the Arab world.

Every game played at the GSC is rated by the official governing body for Scrabble, WESPA and will affect the international rankings of all players participating. Furthermore the top finishers from each country will qualify for Mattel's Scrabble Champions Tournament in Prague in December 2013. Participation is by invitation only, with individual country associations deciding the means for qualification.

The GSC has taken place every year since 1991. The first 19 editions were held in Bahrain, with Oman hosting the 20th. Since 2011, Dubai has been home to the GSC. This year's tournament is the longest in the history of the GSC with 20 rounds over 3 days.

Spectators are welcome to attend and observe the proceedings at close quarters, especially if they would like to take up tournament Scrabble in the near future. Register your interest in UAE Scrabble and the upcoming World Youth Scrabble Championship in Dubai at the event!

Download the official brochure/player's handbook for the event from Scribd


View a larger map at the Etisalat Academy site

The venue, for the third year in a row, will be the Etisalat Academy. The games will be conducted in the Sports & Leisure Club of the academy.

Players from outside the Emirate will be staying at the Etisalat Academy residence.


Date Time Rounds
30th May 2PM - 8PM 1 - 6
31st May 8AM - 12PM 7 - 10
31st May 2PM - 8PM 11 - 16
1st June 8AM - 12PM 17 - 20


  • 1st place: AED 5000
  • 2nd place: AED 3500
  • 3rd place: AED 2500
  • 4th place: AED 1300
  • 5th place: AED 800
  • Most Bingos: AED 500
  • Highest Game Score: AED 300
  • Highest Word Score: AED 300

There will be spot prizes for in game achievements throughout the tourney, as well as prizes for the best scoring J,Q,X and Z words.