UAE Ministry of Economy launches its new HQ in metaverse

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The UAE Ministry of Economy has unveiled its new headquarters in the metaverse at the Dubai Metaverse Assembly, organized by Dubai Future Foundation (DFF).

HE Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy, said that the Ministry of Economy’s third office would offer an immersive experience for governments, global corporations and the public to connect and collaborate.

The Dubai Metaverse Assembly is the first event of its kind since His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the Dubai Metaverse Strategy in July.

The strategy aims to add $4 billion to Dubai’s GDP, support 40,000 virtual jobs by 2030, and attract 1,000 companies specializing in blockchain and metaverse technologies to turn Dubai into one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies.

Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri
Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri
UAE Minister of Economy

“The UAE has continued to support and empower emerging economic industries built around knowledge, innovation, and artificial intelligence,” H.E said. “Digital technology is vital to our new economic model for the next 50 years and the metaverse represents one of the most exciting applications in this field. In line with the UAE’s forward-looking vision, we understand how the metaverse can transform and redefine our diversified economy and have continued to launch strategies to unlock its potential. The global metaverse market is expected to reach $1.6 trillion by 2030, with total annual growth of 43.3 percent. We are moving fast to secure a share of this prize. With advanced physical and digital infrastructure, highly skilled talent, and pro-business laws, the UAE has the competitive advantages to become one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies – and a global hub for investments in this field.”

The country has continued to exert tremendous efforts to enhance the economic contribution of advanced technology under plans that aims to double the size of the national economy by 2031, according to the statement.

The UAE minister further explained that the UAE’s new economic model, built on innovation and collaboration, aims to foster talent, invest in future capabilities and provide metaverse education to ensure the UAE becomes a hub to develop pioneering web 3.0 technologies and applications. With analysts expected the web 3.0 market to reach a valuation of $80 billing by 2030.

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