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Abu Dhabi Gaming to integrate with Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

In a strategic move to advance the gaming industry's growth in the emirate, Abu Dhabi Gaming (AD Gaming) has integrated with the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).The collaboration reaffirmed DCT Abu Dhabi’s commitment to nurturing the gaming and esports ecosystem to position the emirate as a global gaming hub.His Excellency Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: "As gaming grows in popularity around the world, we are working to harness its potential to bolster the UAE's journey towards economic diversification and innovation-driven growth. Bringing AD Gaming under the umbrella of DCT Abu Dhabi is the next step in that journey, adding a new dimension to our aspirations for creative industries.""Abu Dhabi's thriving gaming and esports sector is a cornerstone of the emirate's digital transformation and a core driver of creative industry expansion, and we eagerly anticipate the boundless possibilities this partnership will unlock."James Hartt, Gaming and Digital Development Department Director of AD Gaming, said: "The gaming industry is growing faster in the MENA region than anywhere else in the world and Abu Dhabi has a clear role in spearheading this growth. Gaming businesses across the world are looking to tap into this growth, which will lead to considerable job creation within the emirate’s gaming sector in the coming years.""Now operating as part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s cohesive ecosystem, the opportunity for AD Gaming to deliver further value to both local and international gaming businesses, and to the UAE’s economy, has never been clearer."Key AD Gaming projects include: The AD Gaming Hub; located in Yas Creative Hub, the AD Gaming Hub is a dedicated space to showcase the latest gaming technologies, content ideas, and development. The AD Gaming Hub fosters creativity to generate high-quality gaming content. It also facilitates access to partners, including publishers, developers, artists, and freelance talent.The second AD Gaming project is Unity Centre of Excellence; Unity Technologies, a leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D content, joined forces with AD Gaming to provide support to students, professionals, and small businesses across the MENA region in the game development industry. The first Unity Centre of Excellence in the MENA region is situated in the AD Gaming Hub, offering in-house support for partners.The projects will also include university partnerships. Unity Technologies and AD Gaming have formed strategic alliances with UAE universities to upskill and empower students by providing training, courseware, support and examinations. This initiative equips students with the skills needed to enhance their employability and gain game development qualifications alongside their degrees.The final project is the BLAST Premier World Finals. AD Gaming collaborated with global esports giant BLAST Premier to bring the Counter Strike: Global Offensive world final tournament to Abu Dhabi as part of a three-year deal. The first edition of the tournament was held in December 2022 and became the most-viewed esports event ever in the region.To establish a thriving gaming and esports ecosystem in the UAE capital and nurture innovation, talent development, and economic growth, earlier this year DCT Abu Dhabi revealed its plans to drive job creation in the e-gaming industry, with the positions distributed among more than 20 new companies.AD Gaming also works with the education sector and strategic partners to train the next generation of gaming industry professionals, while supporting local studios in their mission to create great games.Founded in 2021, AD Gaming is a government-led initiative that focuses on developing talent, games and esports. AD Gaming has boosted the expansion of the region's gaming industry, offering career opportunities to aspiring talent and producing world-class content in the emirate. It has become the largest concentration of gaming companies in the MENA region, with more than 70 companies operating across the gaming sector.
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Abu Dhabi to host Fortune Global Forum 2023, held in MENA region for first time

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has announced that Abu Dhabi will host the Fortune Global Forum 2023 from 27-29 November, held for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.Forging ahead with efforts to bolster the emirate’s status as a leading business, economic, and cultural hub, Abu Dhabi is attracting world-class economic events and conferences, including the 13th edition of the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference, UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum, the Annual Investment Meeting, and the World Islamic Economic Forum in 2023 and 2024.The Fortune Global Forum Abu Dhabi 2023 will serve as a valuable opportunity for CEOs of the world’s biggest multinational companies, decision makers, and economists from around the globe to engage with their peers in the UAE and wider region.As geopolitical, economic, scientific, and technological developments rapidly reshape the global economy, the Fortune Global Forum, under the theme A New Era for Business, will address global agendas currently including market and trade dynamics, geopolitical tides, emerging technologies, talent in addition to workplace shifts, climate risk, and consumer trends.To keep pace with new trends on a global level and deepen economic diversification, Abu Dhabi is focusing on knowledge-based, innovation-driven economic sectors by investing in clusters with high-growth potential including AgriTech, FinTech, Healthcare and Biopharma, Energy, Tourism, and ICT.The emirate offers a vibrant, globally competitive, and entrepreneurial ecosystem to generate opportunities for all, enabling businesses and individuals to reach their full potential.Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of ADDED, said: “Bringing the Fortune Global Forum to Abu Dhabi forms a critical part of our strategic economic progression roadmap, especially as we roll out our contribution to the international business development and ESG agendas alongside other global cities and enterprises, building synergies and improving life for all stakeholders. November’s discussions and analyses by the C-suites, economists, reporters and think tanks in Abu Dhabi will serve to identify mutually beneficial economic opportunities, with sustainability and the notion of stakeholder capitalism at its core.“In an era characterised by multiple forces influencing all aspects of life, it is imperative that we keep mobilising towards a viable economic and social goal, raising ambitions, and increasing the pace of implementation. Our mandate and objectives when representing Abu Dhabi and the UAE on the global centerstage, are to collaborate closely with everyone, complementing one another and improving coherence, thus creating greater and more impactful and self-sustaining economic models.”As part of preparations and agenda development leading up to Fortune Global Forum in Abu Dhabi 2023, Fortune will organise two events in key financial centres during the year.Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “Abu Dhabi’s progressive track record in hosting global business events of this calibre is testament to our proven capability, best-in-class infrastructure and year-round attractiveness of our destination. In these rapidly changing times for global business, we look forward to welcoming visionaries from government, the private sector and the media to take business dialogue to the next level while experiencing authentic Emirati hospitality in Abu Dhabi.”Alan Murray, Fortune CEO, said “Abu Dhabi’s growing role as a business, economic and cultural hub make it an ideal location for the 2023 Fortune Global Forum. The world is on the cusp of a new era of globalisation, requiring Fortune 500 companies to rethink their global footprints.“Abu Dhabi’s location, climate, culture, infrastructure and other assets make it a top contender for business operations, and I’m confident the leaders of the world’s greatest companies will welcome the opportunity to assemble here in November.”Launched in 1995, the Fortune Global Forum has established itself as a prime global platform for leaders, chairpersons, presidents, and CEOs of the world’s largest companies, including the Fortune Global 500, to discuss trends and factors shaping the global economy and explore cooperation and mutual investments.Participants in previous Fortune Global Forums have included heads of state including former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; and company chairmen and CEOs Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Robert Iger of The Walt Disney Company, Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson, Ajay Banga of Mastercard Inc., Ma Yun of Alibaba, Frederick W. Smith of FedEx, Kai-Fu Lee of Sinovation Ventures, and Carlos Brito of Anheuser-Busch InBev.