Dubai’s DMCC (a flagship free trade zone at the center of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers district) has announced the opening of the DMCC Gaming Centre. The move comes as MENA gaming revenues are predicted to top $5 billion by 2025, with Dubai’s own economy increasingly benefiting from a thriving Esports and gaming scene, as well as a concerted push to bring VR and Metaverse startups to the region.
The DMCC is already home to over 50 games companies, with developers, producers, and Esports teams flocking to this increasingly popular destination. Dubai’s world-class infrastructure and unparalleled economic opportunities make the new DMCC gaming center an enticing proposition for startups. Members will gain access to the Esports community through regular networking events, tournaments, and more, along with support from Esports organization YaLLa , and tech ecosystem builder Astrolabs.
Earlier this year, DMCC joined global VC firm Brinc to open up $150 million in accelerator program funding — known as ZK Advancer and The Sandbox Metaverse — as developers continue experimenting with the massive potential of blockchain and web3 technologies.
“As our roster of gaming companies expands rapidly and we see more DMCC Crypto Centre members enter the blockchain gaming space, there is no better time to formalize our efforts by opening the DMCC Gaming Centre. Through this facility, we will solidify Dubai’s position as a global hub for all gaming and Esports,” says Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC.
Gaming is now the most popular form of digital entertainment worldwide, and research undertaken by DMCC shows that 8 out of 10 people from gen Z and the millennial demographic are gamers. Enthusiasts spend upwards of seven hours each week on their hobby, and 10% of the entire online population now enjoys Esports tournaments.
ABB E-mobility Delivers Its Millionth EV Charger
Continued growth has been facilitated by doubling production capacity after the launch of the company’s new DC fast charger facility in Valdarno, Italy.
ABB is a leader in electrification and automation solutions and has just announced the delivery of its millionth electric vehicle charger — the latest milestone in the company’s ongoing mission to create an emission-free future using smart and reliable EV charging solutions.
ABB currently boasts a presence in over 85 markets. After the launch of the company’s new $30 million, 16,000 squared meter production facility in Valdarno, Italy, production capacity has doubled over the last two years. The cutting-edge manufacturing plant recently set a new benchmark for the EV sector, producing a fast charger unit every 20 minutes, thanks to the high-tech factory’s seven simultaneous production lines.
“While our continual investment in research and development shows our ongoing commitment to enhance the field of e-mobility, the global delivery of these solutions at scale is integral to the realization of our goals. I want to thank our customers globally for their continued collaboration in hitting this one millionth charger milestone. I look forward to the millions yet to come, and to the cleaner, greener world they will help create,” says Frank Mühlon, ABB E-mobility CEO.
In the United Arab Emirates, ABB has installed over 80 fast and high-power DC charging stations, making it one of the largest projects from a single brand in the region. The biggest station is in Yas, Abu Dhabi, and offers 20 DC fast and high-power chargers for owners of emissions-free vehicles.
“We are proud that ABB chargers are today powering electric vehicles across strategic locations in the country, including the sites of the Dubai Utility provider, DEWA, and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Most of the car manufacturers and dealers in the UAE have ABB chargers in their showrooms and as well as car parking areas. We are confident ABB’s technical know-how, products, and research in the field of E-Mobility will continue to support the decision-makers in the Middle East to drive the transition to an emission-free future,” says Ahmed Abdu, E-mobility division lead, MENA region.
In addition to its Italian facility, ABB E-mobility has continued its global expansion. Earlier this month, the company announced a new United States facility that will eventually turn out over 10,000 chargers per year for the public sector, providing power to school buses and other fleets. As well as expansion into the USA, ABB E-mobility’s stake in Chinese charging provider, Chargedot, opens up another lucrative market for the EV charging giant.