DIFC Unleashes the Power of the Metaverse, Announces DIFC Metaverse Platform
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has just revealed the launch of its DIFC Metaverse Platform.
This move is in line with the objectives set by Dubai’s Higher Committee for Future Technology and Digital Economy, which aims to bring in tech innovators from all over the world.
The DIFC Metaverse Platform is a critical aspect of the comprehensive strategy being developed by DIFC, the top financial center in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region, with the aim of cementing Dubai’s position as a leader in the metaverse arena.
This new platform aligns with Dubai’s Metaverse Strategy, which aims to boost Dubai’s GDP by $4 billion, create 40,000 virtual jobs by 2030, and attract 1,000 companies specializing in blockchain and metaverse technologies.
The launch of the platform also supports the objective of Dubai’s Economic Agenda D33 to generate an annual economic value of AED100 billion from digital transformation.
The DIFC Metaverse Platform is the first of many initiatives aimed at bolstering Dubai’s position as a global hub for the latest digital trends and fast-tracking the attainment of the goals set by the Dubai Metaverse Strategy. The platform encompasses three key initiatives:
The first is a Metaverse Accelerator Program, which includes a physical studio for metaverse technology to cultivate the growth of a creator community and venture building. Additionally, the platform will focus on developing metaverse policies, laws regarding open data, digital identity, and company law frameworks within the metaverse. Furthermore, the platform will work to establish a metaverse community that explores ways to enhance the metaverse experience for users.
The Metaverse Accelerator Program, which is the first initiative to be launched under the platform, will start accepting applications this month. In the upcoming years, the program hopes to receive over 500 applications, select 50 of the most promising graduates from the program, and encourage investment opportunities to drive growth in the sector.
The Metaverse Accelerator Program showcases DIFC’s dedication to supporting metaverse startups by connecting them with the region’s major players. The program offers opportunities for startups to pursue partnerships, gain exposure to investors, use a regulatory sandbox, and receive marketing support.
In November, DIFC FinTech Hive, the region’s largest FinTech Accelerator, held its annual Investor Day on the Metaverse Platform, giving the finance ecosystem a chance to experience the technology firsthand.
DIFC FinTech Hive also partnered with Emirates NBD to launch and co-create their own Metaverse Accelerator program, which received over 100 global applicants.
The Metaverse Accelerator Program will run for six months, during which startups will receive training and attend workshops to enhance their technical and interpersonal skills in the metaverse.
The program aims to foster partnerships between startups and corporations to create new metaverse solutions and proofs-of-concept.