According to a recent report by The National, Meta (previously Facebook) has announced the opening of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s first metaverse academy in Saudi Arabia.
The academy — which will be based in Riyadh and open on May 1, 2023 — will focus on spreading new technology applications through delivering Web3 education and training.
The plan entails providing a three-phase training program to a target of 1,000 people throughout the first 18 months.
The first phase will be a first approach to Web3 and will entail participants attending a workshop that will offer an introduction to the metaverse.
The second entails online training to educate the participants and teach them the skills required to interact with the metaverse and linked components.
The third is a professional training program that will enable job seekers to pursue entry-level positions in immersive technology.
The MENA area appears to have delved deeply into the Web3 space, with many cities soaring for their initiatives.
It might be the case for Dubai, which last year unveiled the Metaverse Strategy, which is expected to add 40,000 new jobs in the virtual world and generate $500 million in income for the national economy.
Since then, the city has witnessed the debut of several projects, like the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) introducing the “DIFC Metaverse Platform” to promote Web3 efforts, and the Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZ) joining the metaverse with the launch of METADAFZ.