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Abu Dhabi steps towards predictive healthcare; Metaverse hype
Middle East AI News weekly news digest...
Here’s your roundup of this week’s AI and emerging tech stories.
Two things to note in particular this week:
The first is last week's announcement that Abu Dhabi's health information exchange - Malaffi - has created a Patient Risk Profile product using predictive analytics, initially for use solely by clinicians. We're going to see similar risk products created in other countries in the region, but Abu Dhabi's story - starting from having no unified patient data in 2018 to delivering a predictive healthhare service for all in 2022 - is a good one. (The news arrived too late for last week's newsletter).
The second is the continued rise of metaverse hype around the Gulf. I don't see this going away anytime soon and adding 'metaverse' to your press release has quickly become the new 'AI'! However, there are significant announcements too. How to tell the difference? That's going to be the challenge!
I hope you are enjoying your summer, wherever you are!
#UAE #HIE - Abu Dhabi is trailblazing predictive healthcare with the introduction of a new Patient Risk Profile as a service of Malaffi (Abu Dhabi Health Information Exchange), which could lead to better #healthcare for the 7 million patients in the HIE database. (Read my Linkedin post)
#UAE #startups - UAE bank Emirates NBD has launched a global accelerator programme for metaverse start-ups to enhance customer experience for the new virtual economy, in partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Fintech Hive. (Zawya)
#Saudi #esports - Mastercard and the Saudi Esports Federation will collaborate on metaverse and augmented reality (AR) activations, NFTs, gamers’ and fans’ loyalty solutions, and a gaming virtual MasterCard card. (BroadcastPro ME)
#Qatar #metaverse - Qatar University while espousing to be the first university in the metaverse, will actually be joining 10 other US based universities who will be offering metaverse experience in the fall of 2022. (ITP)
#Egypt #VR - Egypt's Ministry of Local Development is about to implement a training program for localities for the fiscal year 2022/2023 (July1st - June 30th) introducing 155 courses and workshops via virtual reality, an increase of 27 percent compared to the previous year, (Egypt Today)
#UAE #training - Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), has concluded the second edition of its Executive Programme (MEP), graduating 43 leaders from various public and private organizations across the UAE. (Emirates News Agency)
#UAE #talent - A new report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - ‘Turning a Tech Hub into a Talent Magnet’ - reveals that the UAE exemplifies the benefits of a well-planned, comprehensive strategy for developing a tech hub that deploys both short- and long-term levers. (ITP)
#Saudi #DCO - KPMG has become the first professional services organization to join Saudi Arabia’s Digital Cooperation Organization as an official observer. DCO is an intergovernmental organisation established to enable 'digital prosperity'. (Arab News)
#Qatar #smartfarming - Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) is launching a new research project that will optimise the operations of greenhouses in Qatar. The project is supported by a National Priorities Research Program grant from Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). (The Peninsula)
#Saudi #archaeology - A research team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is using AI to study ancient stone structures in northwest Saudi Arabia. (KAUST)
First published via Revue.