Tourism on a blockchain comes to life in Dubai

As part of a special 'Dubai 10x' project the city wants to put innovations into its tourism business
03 March 2018   766

Today, on March 3 Dubai has announced a unique project for tourism area - a Tourism Blockchain Marketplace. As the blockchain goes, such implementation will grant transparency and reactivity to the segment. All tourist organizations will be connected in a single decentralized network thus allowing clients to see realtime prices and choices when planning a trip across all of Dubai. In a way, the blockchain platform will equalize the market players by giving smaller tourist organizations direct access to the aforementioned platform.

Going beyond providing broader access to the global consumer, and opening up the domestic travel industry to new participants and innovative start-ups into the ecosystem – thus delivering value to Dubai in terms of higher and faster visitor conversion, and greater GDP impact.


Excerpt from Dubai Department of Tourism press release

The initiative will be set in close cooperation and communication with the government, allowing the regulators to confirm the compliance. On a side note, Dubai has already implemented blockchain into Dubai Land Department that commemorated the world's first government entity to rely completely on the blockchain.

Dubai 10x project will usher in a new phase of development for government services by transforming a whole host of innovative ideas into reality.


Helal Saeed Almarri

Director general, Dubai Tourism

Sparkpool to Freeze $300k Reward

As reported, pool suggests that such a high commission could have been paid by someone in error and is considering the possibility of a refund
20 February 2019   68

The Sparkpool mining pool decided to freeze the remuneration in the amount of 2,103,1485 for the extraction of block # 7,238,290. The management of the organization suggests that such a high commission could have been paid by someone in error and is considering the possibility of a refund, CoinDesk reports.

The head of the Sparkpool Xin Xu argues that users of the pool understand and agree with the decision, given the size of the amount involved.

Unfortunately, and fortunately, blockchain is so far not completely run by machines; human are still involved. So we have an opportunity to correct the problem. Integrity is our pool’s priority.

Xin Xu

CEO, Sparkpool

While some users suggested that a large commission was paid by mistake, others admitted that this could be a goodwill gesture from an anonymous donor to the community of the miner or even an attempt to launder money through the blockchain cryptocurrency.