The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) on Monday announced the launch of the ‘DIFC Metaverse Platform’.
The platform includes three key initiatives. The first is an accelerator programme with a dedicated physical studio for Metaverse technology that will promote the development of a creator community and venture building. The platform will also address the Metaverse policy development and legislation on open data, digital identity and company law frameworks in the Metaverse. Further, the initiative will foster the development of a Metaverse community that will explore ways to enhance the Metaverse experience for customers.
The accelerator programme, the first initiative to be launched under the umbrella of the platform, will start accepting applications this month. In the coming years, the programme seeks to attract more than 500 applications, identify 50 of the most promising graduates from the programme and stimulate investment opportunities that will help the sector grow.
The DIFC Metaverse Platform is aligned with the Dubai Metaverse Strategy, which aims to add $4 billion to Dubai’s GDP, support 40,000 virtual jobs by 2030 and attract 1,000 companies specialised in blockchain and Metaverse technologies. The platform also supports the objective of the recently launched Dubai Economic Agenda D33 to generate economic value worth Dh100 billion from digital transformation annually.
Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Higher Committee for Future Technology and Digital Economy, said that the Metaverse platform is the first in a series of initiatives that aim to strengthen Dubai’s position as a global platform for the latest digital trends and accelerate the pace to achieve the objectives of the Dubai Metaverse Strategy.
Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, said: “The Dubai government has shown great foresight in introducing a Metaverse strategy that has the objective of making the emirate a global hub for technology and innovation. The development of the integrated DIFC Metaverse Platform will accelerate the achievements of Dubai’s aspirations in this sector. The initiative is a natural extension of our Innovation Hub proposition that has shaped the technology and innovation landscape in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.”
The Metaverse accelerator programme will run over a period of six months, during which the cohort of startups will be introduced to training and workshops to upskill and reskill themselves in both technical and intrapersonal aspects of the Metaverse. The programme also aims to facilitate partnerships between start-ups and corporates to create proofs-of-concept and new Metaverse solutions.