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Day 1 Main Sessions

Day 1 Main Sessions

28 September

08:00 AM

02:00 PM

of the Future

08:00 AM – 09:00 AM [60 mins]

Welcome, Registration & Networking

09:00 AM – 09:10 AM [10 mins]


the Metaverse

H.E. Khalfan Belhoul
Chief Executive Officer,
Dubai Future Foundation

09:15 AM – 09:50 AM [35 mins]


Metaverse and the Economy:
What is the size of the Opportunity?

The Web 3.0 market size has exceeded $3 billion and is expected to reach highs of $80 billion by 2030. Activity is booming with the UAE poised to capitalize on a massive opportunity to drive future growth in the knowledge-driven economy and become the global hub for the fast-growing metaverse.

HE Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri
Minister of Economy,
Ministry of Economy of the UAE

Bashar Kilani
Managing Director,

Mark Zaleski
Managing Director and Partner,
BCG Digital Ventures

Karl Tlais
Founder and Chief Executive
Officer, iAdvisory

09:55 AM – 10:25 AM [30 mins]


Metaverse 101: Unraveling the Metaverse and Its Future

The metaverse has sparked hope and optimism for a new form of reality. The amalgamation of physical, digital, virtual, and mixed reality worlds can already be observed, yet questions remain. Many do not understand how it will progress or the myriad ways it can irrevocably change life as we know it. What opportunities lie in the metaverse for governments, corporates and societies? And are we ready to seize them? The session answers the pressing questions on the metaverse and aims to explain why the biggest global companies are placing big bets on its future potential.

Ihab Foudeh

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM [40 mins]


Sector Deep-Dive: Opportunities in Virtual Real Estate

The metaverse has become the new home for digital twins – iconic global landmarks and skyrocketing land prices. Entities driving opportunities and use cases in the metaverse such as real estate. The session explores the opportunities in virtual real estate, specifically how to engage new customers and the types of activity we can expect to see.

Guy Parsonage

Samuel Hamilton
The Decentraland Foundation  

Joe Abi Akl
Majid Al Futtaim

Ali Sajwani
DAMAC Properties

Sarah Forster
The National

11:10 AM – 11:20 AM [10 mins]

Coffee Break

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM [10 mins]

Fireside Chat

Making Trade Flow: How the Metaverse
Will Enable People and Operations

The Metaverse has arrived at a pivotal time for global trade. Global supply chains and logistics operations have undergone turbulent moments over the last two years. The pandemic and recent geopolitical tensions have shone a light on systemic issues that existed long before, and must be urgently addressed. Now more than ever before, businesses and governments are ready to embrace technologies that will boost the resiliency and sustainability of our supply chains. This session takes a dive into how Metaverse technology can enable people and operations to do just that.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem
Group Chairman and CEO,
DP World

Brandy Scott
Arabian Radio Network

11:35 AM – 12:15 PM [40 mins]


Maximizing the Potential of Ecosystems on the Metaverse

The metaverse ecosystem is more than the sum of its parts; it’s a complex system of building blocks that include decentralized technologies, platforms and applications. They work to diversify and maximize the potential of the metaverse – showcasing new perspectives, identify representation, payments and transactions solutions. But how are these enabling building blocks growing and multiplying to expand the potential of the metaverse? 

Cathy Li
World Economic Forum

James Hairston

Marwan Al Zarouni
Digital Dubai

Balsam Danhach

Laura Buckwell

12:20 PM – 12:40 PM [20 mins]


The Dubai Metaverse Strategy: Unlocking Dubai’s Potential

The Dubai Metaverse Strategy, launched by HH the Crown Prince of Dubai, envisions the futuristic city of Dubai to become the global hub for Web 3.0 technologies like blockchain and NFTs. Dubai is already setting strong foundations for the metaverse to thrive, by exploring opportunities around infrastructure, education, technology, etc. As well as examining use cases, this session questions where the opportunities lie for Dubai, how to capture them, and what avenues of cooperation governments and the private sector need to explore.

HE Omar bin Sultan Al Olama
Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy and Vice Chairman of the Higher Committee for Future Technology and Digital Economy in Dubai

12:45 PM – 01:00 PM [15 mins]

Keynote (Hybrid)

Building the Responsible Metaverse

Businesses are racing toward a future very different from the one they were designed to operate in. Soon, every company will find themselves at the intersection of many new worlds, from building new physical and virtual realities to providing services in environments created by others. Trust will prevail; existing concerns around privacy, bias, fairness and human impact are sharpening as the line between peoples’ physical and digital lives blurs. Leading enterprises will shoulder the charge for building a responsible metaverse and are setting the standards now. Discover Anne Groeppelin as she gives you insights into how to shape a more Responsible Metaverse.

Asma Shabab

Virtual Speaker
Anne Groeppelin

01:05 PM – 01:20 PM [15 mins]


Augmented Reality: Revolutionizing the Conventional

Traditional methods of work within enterprises in key sectors are rapidly transforming, as businesses successfully adopt new, innovative and unconventional methods of practice. Healthcare, manufacturing, automotive and more are dynamically evolving with the acceleration by Magic Leap to adopt technologies in the Metaverse of enterprises such as AR and wearables to drive efficiency, sales and success.

Jade Meskill
Magic Leap

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM [60 mins]

Lunch & Activations