Yas Island has been rebuilt from the ground up as part of the first step in recreating Abu Dhabi in the metaverse.
The Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, Aldar, Miral, twofour54, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, Flash Entertainment, and Yas Island are working together on this project, which will give people virtual access to Yas Island’s many attractions.
Users of the Yas Island Metaverse will be able to build and buy virtual houses, visit cultural landmarks, go on thrilling rides at theme parks, attend exclusive events, play on world-class golf courses, and watch races at the Yas Marina racing circuit.
Saood Al Hosani, undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said, “As the offerings of the emirate change, this project offers a new and compelling perspective that lets people from all over the world discover Abu Dhabi in their own time and space.”
The creators of the platform say, “The innovative, interactive platform is perfect for highlighting the exceptional lifestyle, cultural, and entertainment experiences that Abu Dhabi offers to all visitors. It will give both virtual residents and travelers the power to create their own unique Abu Dhabi itinerary, within a whole new sphere of reality.”
DCT Abu Dhabi says that the project is still in the planning stages.
It went on to say that the island is being recreated using “multiple world-leading metaverse platforms, such as The Sandbox and Roblox, and is powered by Super League Gaming.”
It is expected to be finished in the first quarter of 2023, at which point it will be open for business and available to digital visitors in its entirety.
In line with the UAE’s overall push toward digital, businesses all over the country are becoming more present in the metaverse.
Last month, the UAE Ministry of Economy showed off its new headquarters in the metaverse, where it will offer its full range of services to a larger audience in the virtual world. In June, Ajman Police started letting people talk to them through a metaverse platform.
Also, in May, Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority became the first regulatory body to set up a Metaverse headquarters. At the Dubai Metaverse Assembly last month, a new economic output metric called “gross metaverse product” was introduced to measure how much the metaverse helps Dubai’s economy.
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