Sheikh Saud bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Digital Office, has introduced a platform that leverages non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for the creation and issuance of blockchain-based certificates.
Unveiled at Gitex Global 2023, the platform dubbed “Sharjah NFT” marks a significant leap in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in its transition from conventional paper certificates to secure digital documents.
The Sharjah NFT platform harnesses NFT technology to empower both government agencies and private entities — including educational institutions and businesses — in issuing authenticated digital certificates using soulbound tokens.
These digital documents are securely stored and tracked through blockchain technology, with the convenience of quick access via a QR code.
The platform presents a user-friendly interface and allows individuals to design and create personalized certificates tailored to their specific needs. The digital certificates also showcase the recipient’s accomplishments on renowned platforms and NFT markets, bolstering their professional credibility when shared with others.
The primary aim of this platform is to streamline the certificate issuance process, ensuring a secure and tamper-proof distribution system. By preserving these certificates as digital assets, the Sharjah NFT platform safeguards them from any unauthorized alterations or fraudulent activities.
This initiative aligns with the broader digital transformation strategy of the UAE, positioning the country at the forefront of Web3 technology applications.
In a similar move, the Dubai Police Force has implemented blockchain technology to expedite the issuance of lost passport certificates, ensuring that individuals seeking to replace a lost or stolen passport can get their replacement documents within just 24 hours.
As for metaverse initiatives, in 2022, Dubai unveiled its Metaverse Strategy, which is expected to create 40,000 new jobs in the virtual realm and generate an impressive $500 million in revenue for the national economy.
More recently, Dubai introduced the Responsible Metaverse Self-Governance Framework earlier this month to address challenges within the metaverse. This framework places a strong emphasis on privacy, transparency, and inclusivity, fostering a safer and more accountable metaverse environment.