Saudi Ministry of Culture welcomes the Metaverse and the concept of virtual travel

Saudi Ministry of Culture welcomes the Metaverse and the concept of virtual travel

In line with Vision 2030, the Kingdom aims to be on the cutting edge of technological advances, and this marks the nation's first official foray into the Metaverse
21 March 24

This month the Ministry of Culture (MoC) unveiled a groundbreaking national initiative, marking the Kingdom's first endeavour into the Metaverse.

Definition: Metaverse (noun): A virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users. [Oxford Dictionary, 2024]

A project supported by Generative Media Intelligence (GMI) artificial intelligence, and developed in collaboration with droppGroup, the newly announced initiative aims to introduce the Saudi Heritage Metaverse platform, leveraging Hyperledger Fabric 2.5 blockchain technology to create a revolutionary 'Phygital' Metaverse experience.

This innovative platform will aim to seamlessly merges cultural showcases, performances, and digital innovation, offering users an immersive digital environment enriched with various real-life activities and attractions - meaning that those unable to attend, or looking to see more of Saudi Arabia can interact with the environment and experience local events.

At the heart of the Saudi Heritage Metaverse platform lies a diverse array of cultural offerings, including giving people around the world the chance to experience the captivating History Walk and dedicated sectors showcasing music, art, history, culinary arts, and crafts.

Users can also try their hand at mini-video games and enjoy live streaming of events like the Founding Day Commencement Symphony Concert through the Performance Center.

The platform, accessible via Mobile XR technology, ensures inclusivity across various devices, allowing users worldwide to seamlessly immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Saudi culture.

This pioneering initiative signifies a significant milestone in cultural appreciation, offering millions of people worldwide the opportunity to engage with Saudi events via the Metaverse. As the Ministry of Culture champions inclusivity and accessibility, the launch of the Metaverse platform marks a new era in cultural expression and engagement, promising boundless opportunities for exploration and participation in Saudi Arabia's vibrant heritage.