Sheikh Hamdan launches initiative to support gaming and creative industries

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Crown Prince of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the launch of Dubai Program for Gaming 2033.

The programme aims to position Dubai as one of the top cities in the global gaming industry and generate 30,000 new jobs in the gaming sector.

The programme also aims to boost the sector’s contribution to the growth of Dubai’s digital economy.

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The announcement was made during a meeting of the Higher Committee for Future Technology and Digital Economy chaired by Sheikh Hamdan.

Highlighting the idea behind the launch, Sheikh Hamdan said, “Through the launch of ‘Dubai Program for Gaming 2033,’ our objective is to establish an incubating environment for developers and to draw leading technology companies from across the globe, particularly those specialising in digital content and experiences.

”The programme will offer support to developers, designers, programmers, as well as entrepreneurs and startups in the creative industries.”

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Dubai Program for Gaming 2033

He also mentioned the opportunities available in the sector for the region, “Dubai is well-positioned to tap into the vast opportunities within the gaming sector, which is estimated at approximately US$200 billion globally.

“We are strategically positioned to contribute to the advancement of emerging trends like VR and AI, elevating them to provide even more immersive and realistic experiences,” he added.

Overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation, the Dubai Program for Gaming 2033, will focus on three main areas: talent, content and tech.

This is in line with various national strategies that aim to strengthen the UAE and Dubai’s digital economy.

The initiative aims to bring together digital content creators and provide training and job opportunities in partnership with international companies, universities and academic institutions. It will also support entrepreneurs and innovators.

Dubai Program for Gaming 2033 will include various initiatives, including local and international events and exhibitions.

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Metaverse initiatives

During the meeting, Sheikh Hamdan also approved the launch of  three metaverse initiatives including the Metaverse Alliance.

The Metaverse Alliance will act as global network that will include various government entities, international technology companies, entrepreneurs and startups specialised in the metaverse world.

The alliance is designed to promote collaborations and partnerships for both global and national projects that are centered around, or incorporate, virtual worlds or interactions.

It will identify suitable partners among global technology companies, startups, and talented individuals.