In a Linkedin Post, Bryan D’Souza, Head of Business Development and Partnerships MENA at R3 expressed his positivity to be back in Oman discussing the Central Bank of Oman’s interest in CBDC and digital tokenization.

He had recently moved to the region and settled in Abu Dhabi UAE to expand R3 partnerships in the GCC and MENA region.

He stated, “It’s fantastic to be back in Muscat, Oman with David E Rutter and Robert Wigley visiting senior representatives of the Central Bank of Oman today to discuss their interest in CBDC and digital tokenization.”

In June 2022, The Executive President of the Central Bank of Oman, Mr. Tahir Salim Al Amri, commented during the 7th Edition of the new Age Banking Summit on the topic of CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies) the interest of the bank in a CBDC project.

Furthermore at the end of July 2023, the Oman Capital Market Authority issued a Public Consultation Paper on its Virtual Assets Regulatory Framework.

R3 has been working with Central banks, FMIs, commercial banks, FinTech, providing practical solutions for digital assets tokenization and regulated digital currencies, including CBDCs.

D’Souza had previously visited several countries including Kuwait, KSA, and Qatar.

R3 is also working with both the UAE Central Bank on its CBDC project as well as Saudi Central Bank.

In addition the Qatar Financial Centre Authority and R3 signed an MOU to develop and grow Qatar’s fintech industry using technologies such as DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) back in April 2023.

The UAE is set to witness the launch of a large scale real estate blockchain tokenization project called Desert Pearl. Dubai based tokenization consultancy company, DDX, which is involved in both real estate and gold tokenization projects announced Desert Pearl.

As per their website, “This amazing blockchain tokenization project will be the first large scale tokenization project.” The project vision is to create an eco-tourist attraction that combines Dubai’s history and heritage with the natural beauty of the desert.

The DDX Global team and its partners will build a desert resort city with hotels, apartments, shops, entertainment and business venues. Current plans are to build 1000 hotel rooms, 1200 apartments, a shopping mall and conference center, alongside an amazing pearl shaped building for tourism and entertainment (40 storeys high), as well as a Museum and Heritage center.

The project will be tokenized using Blockchain technology. Land tokens will be collaboratively minted by DDX Launchpad partners. DDX Global and its partners will carry out the development over the next 5 years.

Chris Santilhano, Chief Operating Officer of DDX Global  stated, “Our aim as a tokenization consultancy is to leverage blockchain technology for tokenizing real-world assets, we are committed to creating exceptional value for our investors. In addition to the opportunity for long-term value, our strategic approach of digitizing real estate assets will help strengthen liquidity and enhanced international investment in Dubai’s property sector. Our goal is to create a blue-print for responsible real estate tokenization. The integration and interaction of different tokens and their use cases contribute to the DDX Global ecosystem. We are bridging two core markets – the luxury property sector in Dubai with the growth in fintech enterprises driven by Web3 innovation.”

Designed by Zhuzh, a Dubai-based international luxury, bespoke architectural design company, Desert Pearl will feature two luxury hotels, luxury apartments, a high-end commercial cluster and a luxury retail precinct in addition to a boulevard and private marina. The luxury boutique hotel with 88 keys will also house an arena, an Arabic astronomy museum, planetarium, Concord’s Gallery, and hanging gardens.

The first residential building in Desert Pearl is the Qamar Residences, featuring the Pearl Collection of homes at 400 square meters, the Oasis Collection at 650 square meters and the Sky Penthouse, a triplex, will be a record breaking 5,000 square metres. All the items in the apartments will be customized. All these assets can be tokenized, delivering more value for investors. More details of the project will be announced shortly.

‘Desert Pearl’ resort in Dubai will combine sustainability and high-end tokenization.

Swiss based Buildrs, a blockchain, metaverse and Web3 infrastructure provider has announced that it has opened a location in the UAE and is embarking on its first project with its first customers.

Buildrs is specialized in the virtual economy, blockchain, and gamification. Buildrs mission is to accelerate the adoption of Web3. Virtual assets, digital ownership, co-creation, and transparency are at the core of the experiences we build.

The company develops a portfolio of products and use cases across various industries as real estate, hospitality, entertainment, and gaming. Buildrs empower them using the original platform, which covers all aspects of virtual assets, the virtual economy, and the Metaverse.

Viktor Andreas, Founder and CEO of Buildrs stated in a LinkedIN video, “ We are very excited to be here in Dubai and continue our journey providing Web3 infrastructure which we have started three years ago in Swtizerland. UAE has created one of the most innovative and best envionments for Web3 innovation. We are happy to announce that we are setting up our location in the UAE. We have met wonderful people, in Hub71 in Abu Dhabi, and Dubai and we believe this is one th best locations now and in the future to innovate to collaborate and create the future by leveraging Web3 technology, New project and onboarding new customers, engaged in Web3 ecosystem.. we are here to stay.”

In their LinkedIn post Buildrs states, “Our commitment to providing exceptional service and innovative solutions remains as strong as ever. Our team is working tirelessly to understand the unique needs and challenges of businesses in the UAE. We are collaborating with local partners, participating in regional events, and leveraging digital tools to ensure we are as present and active as possible.”

Prior to the move to the UAE, Buildrs had visited and participated in various events in the UAE. The company was impressed with UAE’s unwavering government support expecially initiatives like Hub71 and the crypto ecosystem in Dubai with Crypto Oasis.

The were also impressed with the favourable regulatory landscape and it is their visit that reinforced their belief in the potential of the UAE to becoming a center of Web3 innovation.

Barcelona-based Blockchain enabled NFT marketplace, Plastiks, has partnered with Egyptian clothing brand Concrete, as part of plastic removal initiatives in the country. Plastiks specializes in connecting plastic recovery projects with companies and individuals across the globe who sponsor such projects. 

With its new partnership, Plastiks will facilitate the tokenization of plastic recovery projects sponsored by Concrete in Egypt. This facility, powered by blockchain technology, ensures complete transparency, monitoring, and traceability of such recovery operations.

Concrete is committed to contributing to societal and environmental sustainability. As part of this commitment the company sponsors a number of plastic removal projects in order to advance the fight against plastic pollution. 

By partnering with Plastiks, Concrete seeks to improve the lives of waste pickers by providing them with additional income and incentivizing them to recover more plastic from the environment. The first recovery project sponsored by Concrete is the Guardians of The Sea initiative, which focuses on two important regions in Egypt, the Red Sea and the Dahab region. Concrete assists in collecting and recycling plastic wastes from this vital area and helps to turn them into different products.

This partnership also enables the company to promote the purpose of sustainability projects to its consumers in a better way. Labels will be attached to Concrete’s clothing where the message of the collaboration will be placed, along with a QR code. By scanning the QR code, the consumer can visit the “Concrete Sustainability Dashboard” where they can access details of the recovery projects. The details include: where this plastic has been recovered from, the type of plastic recovered, and the invoice number can be viewed with absolute transparency.

“Our aim is not simply to compensate for plastic waste, rather we are committed to fixing the fundamental problem of lack of incentives for the waste pickers in developing countries. By connecting them with global companies, we ensure investment and expertise, thereby improving their overall operation and value perception. This enables them to work in a professional and convenient way. Our business model powered by web3 technology provides plastic collectors with additional income in exchange for the valuable project data they share. This data can be utilized by corporations to choose suitable projects for funding as part of their sustainability commitments,” says Andre Vanyi-Robin, CEO of Plastiks.