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QF’s QatarDebate to discuss metaverse on sidelines of World Economic Forum

QF’s QatarDebate to discuss metaverse on sidelines of World Economic Forum

Tribune News Network
Doha
The metaverse and its effects on the global business community – now and in the future – will be the focus of an Oxford-style debate taking place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos, Switzerland, organised by the New York Times in collaboration with Qatar Foundation’s QatarDebate.
The debate will see two teams, consisting of global influencers and leaders, debate for and against the motion ‘The Metaverse is an ‘Opium of the People’ in the Making’ in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.
Thomas Friedman, op-ed columnist at the New York Times and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, will moderate the debate.
Abdulrahman I. Al Subaie, manager of Outreach Programme at QatarDebate, said: “This event will take place in parallel to the World Economic Forum – one of the most renowned and respected international events attended by leaders to discuss global pressing matters.
“As a nation, Qatar has opened many channels of dialogue, bringing countries together for peace talks. And QatarDebate is a reflection of this goal. Through our organisation and through the power of debate, we aim to help build progressive, forward-thinking societies and individuals.”
The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting will be held from May 22 to May 26, 2022, making this the first time the event is taking place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The debate by the New York Times in collaboration with QatarDebate, which is in its second edition, brings together global leaders to debate a topic that is taking mainstream media and the tech sector by storm: the metaverse,” said Dr Mahmoud Y. Barraj, Outreach Programme specialist at QatarDebate.
“Being at the forefront of demystifying emerging topics through debates, QatarDebate will discuss an immersive virtual world that will define how we interact with each other and with brands according to many scholars and practitioners, while others argue that the metaverse is just hype that will fade in a couple of years.”
The event marks the second time QatarDebate has collaborated with the New York Times to host a debate in Davos. It will be available to watch on the QatarDebate and NYTLive YouTube channels following the conclusion of the event.

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