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Abu Dhabi to get first drone delivery; New UAE USVs unveiled in Monaco
Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News!
Lots of interesting news to share this week! Among them a couple of interesting drone stories; a new company will launch in 2022 to provide drone delivery for the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi; and Al Seer Marine unveils new unmanned surface vessel (USV) for port security at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show.
Meanwhile, news on UAE-UK 'Partnership for the Future' deal from over the past week; and the media in Indonesia say that Group 42 may invest in the country's tech and health sectors on the back of a bilateral trade deal currently in negotiation with the UAE.
All this, plus
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
#Monaco #UAE #USVs - Al Seer Marine, part of International Holding Company (IHC), unveiled its next generation of unmanned surface vessel (USV) at the Monaco Yacht Show. 'Hydra21' is a 4-meter rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) designed to enhance the security and safety of major ports and marinas worldwide. (Zawya)
#UAE #drones - Abu Dhabi-based investment manager Ethmar Holdings has tied up with Apex Al Wataniya Logistics and robotics company Averro Technology to set up a drone-based transport venture in the emirate. Called SkyGo, the company will begin operations next year with a network of 40 stations to support the healthcare sector across the capital. (The National)
#UAE #screening - The gastroenterology team at Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), one of the UAE’s largest hospitals for serious and complex care and a joint-venture partnership between Mayo Clinic and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), has introduced a cutting-edge AI system for gastrointestinal intestinal endoscopy that significantly enhances the detection of pre-cancerous polyps of the colon. (Zawya)
#GCC #Oman #education - The 21st meeting of the GCC Higher Education and Research Minister, held via video conference emphasised the importance of teaching curricula in 4IR, technology, communications and AI. (Oman Observer)
#Saudi #Arabic - The Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) and King Salman International Complex for Arabic Language will establish an AI centre for the Arabic language, according to an MoU signed this week. They will also collaborate on developing comprehensive databases for the Arabic language and its applications. (Saudi Gazette)
#UAE #WRS2020 - The Saudi national robotics team took sixth place at the World Robot Summit in Japan. The TAQNIA-led team competed against 16 international robotics teams in the contest finals, after qualifying as one of 119 teams entering the competition worldwide. (Arab News)
#Oman #smartcities - An MoU has been signed between Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and National Energy Center to develop and implement an experimental smart city project in the residential and leisure complex of Ras Al Hamra. (Times of Oman)
Trade & Investment
#UAE #UK #trade - The United Arab Emirates and the U.K. have signed a 'Partnership for the Future' MoU that would see the transfer of related knowledge, investment and standards. Meanwhile, the UAE’s Tawazun Economic Council sign a memo with the U.K. Ministry of Defence to strengthen cooperation in defence-related research and development. (Defense News)
#UAE #Indonesia #investment - Abu Dhabi-based AI and cloud computing company Group 42 is looking at technology and health services-related investment opportunities in Indonesia, according to national media. Indonesia and the UAE announced that they were negotiating a trade deal earlier this month, with the aim of boosting two-way trade by up to 10 times. (The Jakarta Post)
#UAE #coding - Computer Weekly interviews Omar bin Sultan Al Olama is Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications about the UAE's goals to train and attract coders. (Computer Weekly)
AI Artathon 2021
#Saudi #art - The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority has announced the opening of registration for the second edition of the International AI Artathon 2021. The event will have categories for interactive arts, paintings, volumetric art, and music. (Arab News)