September 26, 2023

Saudi Students Showcases Metaverse-based Project

King Abdulaziz University

King Abdulaziz University

The College of Architecture and Planning at King Abdulaziz University has recently revealed its latest project, “Building in the Metaverse.”

This innovative project offers an interactive and engaging experience for faculty and students in the education field. Ahmed Khoja and Abdulaziz Hashem, both students, used virtual reality technology to create a fully immersive environment.

According to Hashem, colleges and universities have not yet fully embraced the concept, but they may explore its potential in creating virtual classrooms and lecture halls.

According to Khoja, the project is in line with the goals of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan, which aims to improve the quality of life, strengthen cultural infrastructure like museums, promote tourism, and help Saudi artists expand their reach globally. Despite the difficulties, Hashem and Khoja believe that these technologies can significantly reduce material costs.

The Metaverse is a virtual reality world where users can interact with each other in an immersive environment, transcending the limitations of the physical world. It includes multiplayer video games that allow players to come together, compete, and collaborate in virtual worlds. It can also be used for education, socializing, exhibitions, and online commerce. The Metaverse has the potential to accommodate an unlimited number of participants and facilitate the display and sale of products using digital currencies.

According to a study by Strategy&, a management consulting company, the metaverse is expected to contribute $15 billion to the economies of the Gulf countries by 2030 given that their governments are tapping into the virtual space.

Saudi Arabia topped the GCC countries in terms of metaverse contributions, as it is predicted to account for $7.6 billion by 2030 (more than half of the figure). While, the UAE came second with an expected share of $3.3 billion.

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