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Dubai Unleashes Tech Revolution: 90% Subsidized Licenses for Web3 and AI Companies

Becoming a Tech Hub

Dubai is seizing the future, and it’s all about technology. In a pioneering move to become a worldwide tech hub, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) offers a lifeline to Web3 and Artificial Intelligence (AI) companies wanting to shop in the emirate. The DIFC and its campus will subsidize 90% of the license costs due to an aggressive push to bring companies into this cutting-edge sector.

Significantly, the licenses provided will grant the companies access to physical offices and co-working spaces at the Innovation One building, according to a press release from the DIFC. The UAE Ministry of Economy reports that the DIFC already has a massive regional footprint, with over 25,000 professionals and 2,000 active registered companies. Consequently, the DIFC aims to transform itself into a significant hub in the industry, advancing and supporting Dubai’s leadership in Web3 and AI technology.

Attracting Innovation and Investment

However, only companies engaged in specific activities will be eligible for these license subsidies. Companies involved in distributed ledger technology (DLT) services, specialized AI research & consultancies, IT infrastructure building, technology research and development, and public networking services will be able to tap into this initiative.

Mohammad Alblooshi, CEO of the DIFC Innovation Hub, is optimistic about the impact of this move. He said, “We are confident that by granting these licenses, we will attract more global talent and investment to the region and create a culture of collaboration and innovation.” Additionally, Alblooshi highlighted this initiative as a milestone that would “strengthen Dubai’s position as the business destination of choice for technology-focused companies and attract more world-class talent and diversified investors to the region.”

Moreover, this isn’t the first time Dubai has shown interest in Web3 and other new technologies. In March, the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), another free zone in the emirate, signed agreements with Korean Web3 and metaverse companies to expand Dubai’s footprint in the Web3 industry.

Besides its efforts to promote Web3 and AI companies, Dubai’s subsidized licenses exemplify the emirate’s willingness to adapt and embrace new technologies. Hence, this move reinforces Dubai’s commitment to becoming a global tech powerhouse. The stage is set for a technological revolution in Dubai, and the world is eagerly watching.


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