The cover story of this special edition reflects upon the astronomical success of DE-CIX interconnection platforms globally. We highlight DE-CIX’s leadership team and take a comprehensive look at DE-CIX’s depth of services and growing global footprint. Our inspiring feature story showcases the winners and finalists of the iMasons Awards 2022 and highlights their contribution to the industry. In our special coverage, Carl Roberts highlights how Dubai has carved out its path to becoming a leading metaverse-enabled smart city. We also interact with Vint Cerf as he throws light on the evergreen topic of keeping the Internet safe and secure.