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Dubai Plans 100,000 Square Foot AI & Web 3.0 Campus

The initiative will bring $300 million in investment and create more than 3,000 jobs over the next five years.

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On Monday, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) announced plans to create the largest cluster of artificial intelligence companies and tech startups in the MENA region. The initiative will be known as the “Dubai AI & Web 3.0 Campus” and has been given the go-ahead through directives by the First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also acts as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance for the UAE, and President of the DIFC.

Over the next five years, the Dubai AI & Web 3.0 Campus will expand to over 100,000 square feet and become a haven for entrepreneurs, tech disruptors, developers, and anyone passionate about emerging technologies. The campus will be constructed with a world-class digital infrastructure while including R&D facilities, shared workspaces, and giving access to accelerator programs to build and scale AI companies.

Governor of the DIFC, Essa Kazim, was enthusiastic about the recent announcement, noting that: “DIFC’s 2030 strategy is central to shaping the future of finance and innovation. AI is expected to inject Dh103 billion into the UAE economy by 2035 and contribute 14 percent to the country’s GDP by the decade’s end. The Dubai AI & Web 3.0 Campus will significantly contribute to this growth as a global nexus for R&D, investment, and innovation by attracting over $300 million in collective funds, 500+ global AI and Web 3.0 startups, and creating 3000+ jobs by 2028”.

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Investors and government officials hope the new initiative will catalyze local growth, attracting global startups, innovators, and industry leaders to the site and establishing a thriving local tech industry.

By seamlessly integrating physical and virtual infrastructures, the Dubai AI & Web 3.0 Campus could eventually become a preferred headquarters for leading Web 3.0 and AI companies and venture capitalists operating in the MENA region.

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Hamad International Wins 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The Qatar airport also won “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time, and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the 10th year.

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Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has once again won the “World’s Best Airport” title at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The award ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, also saw Hamad clinch the accolade of “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time in a row and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who played a key role in the airport’s development over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience”.

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Al-Meer emphasized the importance of understanding changing travel trends and the needs of modern air passengers: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including Souq Al Matar, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travelers, “Orchard”, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights, and an array of high-end lounges”.

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Hamad International Airport saw a massive 31% surge in passenger traffic during 2023, with the transport hub now serving over 45 million passengers annually. The airport is now home to prestigious airlines, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Japan Airlines, serving 250+ destinations for passenger and cargo flights.

The uptick in traffic is no doubt due to the completion of the first phase of an extensive expansion project. Hamad’s management intends to radically update the airport’s facilities over the coming years in a bid to create the “airport of the future”. The expansion features a unique and calming environment of lush greenery and several contemporary dining and shopping concepts among the already well-equipped leisure facilities.

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