The Government of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has announced its intention to launch RAK Digital Assets Oasis, at Blockchain Life 2023. This will be a free zone dedicated to digital and virtual asset companies.
Commenting on the new free zone, Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, chairman of RAK ICC and chairman of RAK Digital Assets Oasis said: “We are proud to further the UAE’s position as a primary destination for innovation with the launch of RAK Digital Assets Oasis.
“We are building the free zone of the future for the companies of the future. As the world’s first free zone solely dedicated to digital and virtual asset companies, we look forward to supporting the ambitions of entrepreneurs from around the world. We look forward to doing so with our progressive, supportive, and quick-to-adapt approach, and our innovation-enabling environment.”
Making the announcement, Dr. Sameer Al Ansari, CEO of RAK ICC and CEO of Digital Assets Oasis, said: “I am privileged to help implement the forward-thinking vision of the leadership of Ras Al Khaimah. We hope to enable, foster, and promote innovation in new and emerging sectors of the future.
“With the UAE’s established reputation as an innovation hub, RAK Digital Assets Oasis delivers a unique offering to global entrepreneurs. As a result, we hope to bring together an unmatched combination of accessibility and livability. This will be supported by Ras Al Khaimah’s business-friendly infrastructure, progressive policies, and an international lifestyle offering.”
Developing emerging sectors
RAK Digital Assets Oasis will be a purpose-built, true innovation-enabling free zone for non-regulated activities in the virtual assets sector. Additionally, it is intended to be the only free zone in the world solely dedicated to digital and virtual assets service providers. Notably, those innovating in new and emerging sectors of the future. These include metaverse, blockchain, utility tokens, virtual asset wallets, NFTs, DAOs, DApp, and other Web3-related businesses. The Oasis will open for applications in the second quarter of 2023.
“We look forward to welcoming the world’s brightest Web3 minds with their most disruptive ideas that uncover new approaches to creating a better future. We are committed to empowering the next generation of global entrepreneurial talent. Consequently, we hope to build transformative solutions and create impact, while shaping the future of businesses and economies,” added Dr. Al Ansari.
Ras Al Khaimah has established a reputation as a global business-friendly hub with political stability. Additionally, it is a progressive, supportive, and quick-to-adapt approach, and an innovation-enabling environment in a strategic time-zone. This is because it fills the gap between financial centres in the West and the East.
The Oasis’ unique lifestyle proposition will support companies with robust, innovation-enabling adoption frameworks. Furthermore, it will provide advisory and professional services, hybrid workspaces, accelerators and incubators, sandboxes, and access to funding. All in all, it will create an environment that encourages entrepreneurs to imagine, create, and evolve.
The free zone aligns with the UAE’s position as a primary destination for innovation. RAK Digital Assets Oasis will be a remote-work friendly, globally connected destination for digital and virtual asset companies. Especially those building innovative business models for the future that will be well-positioned to tap into the region’s emerging markets.