November 24, 2022
By Anjali Kochhar
Abu Dhabi is all set to launch a metaverse version of its famous entertainment capital Yas Island. The largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi has 200 islands to its name, but in 2023 it’s due to add a digital island to it.
The emirate’s leisure district is home to theme parks, an F1 circuit, shopping malls and aquariums, but in a bid to make the island accessible to a global audience, it’s going digital.
Metaverse offers users an immersive digital experience in a virtual world. A metaverse can be accessed by wearing a VR headset or entering some VR worlds via your PC or laptop.
The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has joined forces with a number of businesses and tech platforms, including Flash Entertainment, Miral, Abu Dhabi Motorsport, and Roblox, to transform the 25-square-kilometre island into a digital space. Once online, users can meet up, play games and explore the island.
The digital island is currently in the development phase but is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
“We are proud to announce that people from every corner of the globe will soon be able to enjoy captivating and immersive experiences across Yas Island in the digital world”, Mohammed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, said.
“Spearheading the leisure and entertainment industry, we have collaborated with key entities to offer visitors a new way to explore and discover all that Yas Island has to offer, from world-class theme parks to attending global events”.
Visitors will also be able to build virtual homes and visit the theme parks on offer. Attractions include the world’s fastest rollercoaster in Ferrari World and the chance to zoom around the F1 racetrack.
“Innovation is central to DCT Abu Dhabi’s commitment to be at the forefront of what is possible”, His Excellency Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi, said.
“With the Yas Island metaverse, we are inviting the world to experience the excitement of Abu Dhabi’s incredible leisure and entertainment destination – virtually – like never before. As the emirate’s offerings evolve, this project provides a new and compelling perspective which allows the world to discover Abu Dhabi in its own time and space. The innovative, interactive platform is perfect for highlighting the exceptional lifestyle, cultural and entertainment experiences that Abu Dhabi presents to all visitors and will give both virtual residents and travellers the power to curate their own unique Abu Dhabi itinerary – within a whole new sphere of reality”.
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Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.