Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert

Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert
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Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert
Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert

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Dubai’s free zone the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) plans to launch Crypto Valley in the desert as the world’s largest ecosystem for cryptographic, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies – in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Dubai has added an indoor ski mountain to this rapidly-growing city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) so a massive Crypto Valley seems feasible. Though perhaps a new name might be apropos. CryptoDunes anyone?

They are aiming big

  • World’s largest ecosystem for cryptographic, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to launch in Dubai.
  • The agreement underscores DMCC’s support of the UAE Government blockchain strategy and development of the future economy.
  • DMCC signed a partnership with Switzerland-based investment company CV VC on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In a recent press release from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland, the DMCC stated the ‘DMCC Crypto Valley’ will offer a variety of services including incubation for early-stage startups, co-working facilities, innovation services for corporate clients, blockchain and entrepreneurship training, education, events, mentoring and funding.

Signed on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the agreement sees DMCC work alongside both CV VC and its subsidiary CV Labs, to develop an ecosystem in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), DMCC’s business district, where over 17,000 companies are currently registered.

“DMCC is delighted to sign this agreement with CV VC, and launch the Crypto Valley in Dubai, at the very heart of Dubai’s leading business district,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC.

“Sat at the crossroads of the world, DMCC is a dynamic business hub that drives global trade through Dubai. The launch of the Crypto Valley in DMCC will enhance the city’s dynamic business environment, and support the wider strategy of the UAE Government to attract the innovators, entrepreneurs and pioneers that will shape the future economy,” he added.

The agreement commits both parties to collaborate and develop a comprehensive DMCC Blockchain Strategy that is aligned with the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021 and supports the Dubai Blockchain Strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

“We are thrilled to move into the MENA region with DMCC as a strong local partner. In our opinion, the competence from Crypto Valley-based companies will support the ambitious goals and strategy to use blockchain in Dubai and beyond. On the other side, the capital from the MENA region could help to build even more successful projects and startups and foster the settlement of new blockchain-focused companies in the UAE,” said Ralf Glabischnig, Founder of CV VC and CV Labs.

“We are looking forward to bringing our strong partner from Crypto Valley to Dubai, like CoreLedger, inacta, Lykke, and Tezos which are already active in the MENA region,” he added.

Research from DMCC’s Future of Trade report found that blockchain could help reduce up to 20 percent of the actual physical paper costs associated with global trade, currently estimated at AED 6.6 trillion (USD 1.8 trillion). DMCC is a member of the Global Blockchain Council, established in October 2019 to explore, discuss current and future applications, and organise transactions through the blockchain platform.

Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert

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Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ citiies. He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe.  In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert

Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert
Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert
Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert
Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert
Dubai Wants to Clone Crypto Valley in the Desert