The massive initiative follows other global plans and aims to create 40,000 jobs in five years’ time
The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) most populous city, Dubai, had launched a major metaverse strategy in a bid to become one of the top 10 extended reality (XR) economies worldwide, the Emirates News Agency reported this week.
Vice-President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum launched the nation’s Metaverse Strategy at the time.
Dubai should remain a significant tech hub for the Metaverse and developing digital solutions, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad said in a statement, echoing HH Sheikh Rashid al-Maktoum’s vision for the country’s digital transformation.
HH Rashid Al Maktoum ordered the initiative 60 days before its launch, which aims to create a network of virtual spaces and improve the quality of life for citizens with metaverse technologies.
According to Sheikh Hamdan, Dubai had been making massive progress in its global metaverse ambitions, adding it had invested heavily in capacity development and talent creation, as well as adopting emerging technologies to position Dubai as a central hub for the spatial communications platform, among others.
The country also aimed to outline future work models across multiple sectors and explore the Metaverse’s effects on global economies, His Highness added.
Minister of State for AI, Digital Economy, and Teleworking Applications, Omar bin Sultan al-Olama, also noted the need to launch future metaverse strategies across key markets, adding doing so would drive Dubai and the UAE’s goals to reshape the nation with positive impacts on people’s lives.
He concluded, stating the Strategy followed the country’s AI Strategy to build it as a tech leader in emerging technologies.
What is the Dubai Metaverse Strategy?
Dubai’s Metaverse plans hope to increase and target research and development (R&D) goals and attract global tech companies to the City while building ecosystems for emerging technologies, including virtual, augmented, mixed, and extended reality (VR/AR/MR/XR), digital twins, 5G, edge computing, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the blockchain, machine learning (ML), the internet of things (IoT).
According to the initiative, Dubai will enter a phase of developing several key emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), web3, the blockchain, and many others. It also hopes to attract over 1,000 firms to realise the initiative with other 40,000 digital professions up to 2030.
Dubai’s Metaverse Strategy also aims to fuel its national economy and back efforts to quintuple blockchain firms from current figures, along with educating future developers, users, and content creators on building current and future web3-based communities.
The initiative will also target national tourism, remote work and collaboration, healthcare, legal, education, retail, and other key sectors, and also aims to collaborate on setting global metaverse standards for infrastructure and regulations.
The news comes ahead of Dubai’s Metaverse Assembly event set to take place 28-29 September, at the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers, where over 300 tech experts, 40 organisations, as well as lawmakers, policymakers, and others are set to attend to promote the novel virtual platform.
According to figures from the report, VR and AR contribute 6,700 jobs and $500 million USD to the country’s economy and are set to increase over time. Globally, virtual land sales also skyrocketed by over $500 million last year and earned $13 billion USD in financing in the same period.
A host of other countries and regions, including the United States, European Union, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, China, Barbados, Japan, and many others have rallied support for the Metaverse, namely amid a competitive market to launch and deploy such technologies, build global standards, and facilitate the rise of new use cases for the platform.