Dubai has always been an interesting country when it comes to new technologies. Although one would not necessarily expect it, virtual reality is a booming industry in the country right now. So much even that the country will soon welcome its first VR movie theater. We have seen similar approaches in other countries around the world  Whether or not this is a sustainable industry, remains a big question, though.

Dubai’s VR Movie Theater Opens in two Days

It is always remarkable to see how different use cases for virtual reality technology are identified. The number of potential applications for VR is virtually limitless, but there is still a lot of work to be done. In the consumer market, virtual reality isn’t the hottest trend just yet, but things may improve in the years to come. If it is left up to Dubai, there is a very bright future ahead. More specifically, the Dubai International Film Festival 2017 will feature some VR movies from December 6 to 13.

DIFFerent Reality has made an appearance in Dubai last year as well. It combines a mix of movies with unique experiences, all of which focus on virtual reality in one way or another. Taking viewer son a360-degree journey is an interesting option to pursue, that much is certain. It doesn’t work for every type of movie or documentary either, mind you. Ten fully immersive movies will be shown during this weeklong festival, which indicates there is a solid amount of enthusiasm among content creators.

DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma comments as follows:

“Each edition of DIFF, we strive to innovate and inspire, and with the inception of the VR showcase in 2016 it gave us a whole new avenue to explore. DIFFerent’ films that will go beyond the wildest imaginations of our audiences. The state-of-the-art technology and filmmaking genius behind the creation of these films will make the Virtual Reality showcase a real crowd pleaser at this year’s festival.”

It is only a matter of time until we see more VR movies and documentaries come to market. The Dubai International Film Festival is just one example of where such creations can be showcased in the future. Most of the content in this industry is still pretty short, but that is only to be expected. Making a VR movie is not cheap and the technology to make full-length movies simply isn’t there just yet. Short films are the go-to format for now, but it is expected some progress can be made in this regard.

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