DUBAI: United Arab Emirates-based Web3 pioneer BEDU launched the country’s first Metaverse project under the name 2117, inspired by the vision of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, for the first colony on Mars erect.
BEDU CEO Amin Alzarouni told Arab News that the metaverse’s name, 2117, comes from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s announcement in 2017 that the first colony would be built on Mars in a hundred years .
“That’s why we call the metaverse 2117, inspired by that vision,” he said.
The newly launched metaverse is aligned with the space layout of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center for Mars, and BEDU plans to build a full world on top of it, including residential buildings, hotels, entertainment centers, schools, universities and healthcare facilities, Alzarouni said.
According to him, millions of dollars have been invested in the Metaverse project, without giving an exact figure.
Besides claiming that the company’s name is derived from the Bedouin term, Alzarouni added that the company’s mission is to follow in the footsteps of the nomads and discover the next planet.
“She [nomads] basically discovered the land here, discovered the earth, and now we’re going to continue to discover different areas and the next destination is Mars,” he said.
The primary focus of Metaverse 2117, according to Alzarouni, is humanity’s worth, regardless of their apparent space orientation.
“We are very focused on humanity and the values of humanity, so that people can live together in tolerance, without distinction between religion, culture and race,” he said.
Alzarouni explained that 2117 is an immersive digital world that exists parallel to reality. It will take 95 years for the Mars vision to become a reality in the real world, but BEDU is already achieving it in the metaverse.
In addition to providing the room layout for BEDU, MBRSC also provides the data needed to create the most real metaverse possible, Alzarouni said.
Alzarouni said companies can scale much faster and easier in the metaverse, which could lead to the creation of more jobs.
In five to ten years there will be new jobs to fill the metaverse, he said.
“One of the jobs that I think will be created in the future is a combination of being an architect and the programming skills that exist in the metaverse,” he said.
As a result, he added, new skills could be created by introducing a university curriculum in which students graduate with an architectural mindset and software programming skills to be able to fulfill a role in the Metaverse.
As a concept, the metaverse already exists in various industries, and games like Roblox and Fortnite have already briefly embraced it, the CEO said.
“The concept of the digital twin exists in manufacturing, automotive, and real estate, which is one aspect of how the metaverse could help,” he said.
However, he added that the world is still in the early stages of integrating the metaverse into reality. “Depending on adoption rates, it will take time,” Alzarouni said. Implementing the metaverse into society could take five to 10 years, he continued.
BEDU’s main goal and strategy is to become the next unicorn in the Web3 sector, Alzarouni said.
“Right now we are all the same. No one can claim to be ahead of the game, not Meta, not Microsoft, not any other Metaverse project and not even us,” he said.
In the Metaverse 2117 vision, people in the Metaverse can work, go to school, and enjoy concerts, he said.
The journey begins in the year “2117” with a launch from Earth and takes users through space for seven months until landing on Mars. It is estimated that the journey will begin this December, Alzarouni said.
The public can participate in the Metaverse beginning in October and ending in early December 2022.
Alzarouni said the sale will be open for two periods. The first sale, which will be private, will be 0.2117 ETH. In the second sale, which is open to the public, the price is 0.25 ETH, he added.
Web3 users with digital wallets can connect their wallets and access 2117 with their crypto, he said. “So it’s as easy as any ecommerce experience people have these days,” he added.
After BEDU’s release in late October, people will be able to access the 2117 metaverse through a link shared by the company, he concluded.