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Dubai Is Building A New Mall In The Metaverse

The virtual shopping center will set a new standard for immersive online shopping experiences.

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The metaverse still feels like a distant and obscure concept for average consumers. However, for leading brands, this parallel digital universe is already worth investing in, and retailers are building out virtual stores as quickly as possible.

Retail group Majid Al Futtaim has taken metaverse retail to its next logical progression, unveiling the “Mall of the Metaverse” in Decentraland to compliment its brick-and-mortar outlet.

Customers will be able to engage with “immersive retail experiences” in the new virtual mall, where various brands, including Carrefour, VOX Cinemas, THAT Concept Store, Ghawali, and Samsung Store, will soon set up for business.

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Khalifa bin Braik, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Asset Management, is confident that the Mall of the Metaverse “will become a prominent retail and entertainment destination for customers who seek digital experiences from their favorite brands.”

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Meanwhile, Fatima Zada, the director of Omnichannel and Digital, Majid Al Futtaim Shopping Malls, notes an increase in demand for digital experiences, with his team using “behavioral science and data” to plan a retail future that eclipses simple online shopping.

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Dubai has already made significant progress in metaverse development, and last year, the Dubai Mall unveiled a digital version of its Etisalat store. These announcements collectively aid the city’s metaverse strategy, which hopes to create 40,000 jobs and bring $4 billion to the economy over the next five years.

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Binance Receives Virtual Assets License To Operate In Dubai

As its user base nears 200 million, CEO Richard Teng believes crypto adoption will soar over the next half of the decade.

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Global crypto exchange Binance has been granted a full operational license in Dubai, in a move that’s expected to accelerate digital asset adoption and strengthen the UAE’s regulatory landscape.

The virtual asset service provider license (VASP) was granted by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) and will allow Binance to extend its current range of services to retail investors, the company announced yesterday.

The move by Dubai authorities will be critical to Binance’s strategy of growing its user base globally. The crypto exchange expects to pass the 200 million user mark “quite shortly”, according to Richard Teng, the company’s CEO.

Once that milestone is achieved, Binance will have around twice as many users as rival platform Coinbase. Meanwhile, Crypto.com, another popular exchange with 80 million users, received a Dubai VASP license last week.

“We’re seeing much greater institutional adoption and institutional money coming into this space [along with] much greater regulatory clarity and a lot more jurisdictions approving [digital asset] products that bring in new investor classes,” Binance’s Richard Tang explained, adding: “As of now, we stand at about 5% crypto adoption globally, but that will become much faster moving forward”.

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Dubai and the UAE are extremely supportive of technologies like digital assets, and have already launched initiatives to boost adoption. The UAE has ambitious plans to become a world leader in the crypto economy of the future, with Dubai in particular being noteworthy for passing a new law to regulate virtual assets to support investors and exchanges.

“Global crypto regulation is currently showing diverging signs. Some developed countries have long suffered from crypto-related frauds and illegal exchanges. On the other hand, emerging nations like the UAE and Singapore have enacted crypto laws at faced pace,” said Vijay Valecha, chief investment officer of Dubai-based Century Financial.

As the UAE gears up to become one of the fastest-growing crypto capitals worldwide, investors and talent are flocking to places like Dubai. During 2023, the Emirates as a whole realized $204 million in capital gains from cryptocurrency investments, according to blockchain data analysts Chainalysis.

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