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Dubai issues new drone law; UAE ranked 8th in driverless car readiness
Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News!
Lots of news to share this week and most of it comes from the UAE. This includes the new Dubai drone law that was announced on Saturday, paving the way for urban air mobility services.
Could Dubai's new drone law be the big break the drone delivery industry has been waiting for? Drone delivery is being trialed all over the world, but regulation has lagged and commercial services keep getting postponed. If the implementation goes well, the new law could position Dubai as a hub for the drone industry.
You'll find a number of stories on Dubai's drone law below. You are also welcome to download my 14 page business briefing on the subject here.
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
Dubai's New Drone Law
#UAE #drones - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued Law No. (4) of 2020, outlining the regulations governing drone activity in Dubai, Regulation will fall under Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. (Gulf News)
#UAE #drones - The Dubai Sky Dome initiative will pave the way for the drone delivery of packages and even the transport of passengers, according to Dubai Civil Aviation. The initiative will create an airspace infrastructure for UAVs that could connect buildings through "runways and miniature airports across the city". (The National)
#UAE #drones - Dubai's new law regulating the city's commercial drone network will help open up new business opportunities and strengthen the emirate's aviation sector, according to Dubai Aviation City Corporation. (The National)
#UAE #VC - Tech ventures focused on solving pandemic challenges are proving especially popular for VCs and angel investors. One Abu Dhabi-based angel network is focusing on sustainable technology, cyber security, AI and financial technology. (The National)
#UAE #AVs - The UAE edged up one place to 8th in KPMG's annual Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index, performing well in technology infrastructure and the willingness of its people and government to embrace driverless cars. (The National)
#UAE #Expo2020 - Chinese tech company, Terminus Technologies, a specialist in AI and Internet of Things (IoT), has been named Expo 2020 Dubai’s official robotics partner. Terminus will deploy more than 150 programmable robots to interact with visitors during the Expo event. (Gulf Business)
#UAE #coroanvirus - Abu Dhabi-based AI and cloud computing company Group 42 (G42), has signed an MoU with Israeli defence technology company, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (Rafael) and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to explore collaborations in the research and development of solutions to combat Covid-19. (Gulf Business)
#UAE #coronavirus - Dubai has rolled out its latest weapon in the fight against Covid-19 - a germ-busting robot which can disinfect hospital wards, malls and offices using ultraviolet light. Sanitizexperts, a home, office and industrial cleaning firm, said its automated UVC robot offers a smarter, safer and more efficient way to combat the spread of coronavirus and wipe out other bacteria. (The National)
#Saudi #F&B - The enterprising owners of a Saudi restaurant have taken health food technology to a futuristic new level — by employing the services of a salad robot. Customers at RAW.K’s Riyadh eatery are being offered nutritious, fresh, and energizing meals and snacks from a machine utilizing the latest appliance of robotics science. (Arab News)
#UAE #robotics - American Hospital Dubai has been awarded 'Excellence in Robotic Surgery Services' from Global Brands Magazine, a leading independent publication based in the UK. AHD was recognised for its exceptional commitment to innovation, quality service, branding, customer service. (Khaleej Times)
#Qatar #media - A researcher at Qatar Computing Research Institute at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Dr Jisun An is trying to use the power of machine learning and analytics to better understand human behaviour on social media. (Silicon Republic)
#UAE #education - Abu Dhabi's Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence launched MBZUAI Talks on Tuesday, a monthly online lecture series open to the public that will delve into some of the most promising areas of AI. (The National)
#UAE #energy - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was awarded a certificate of acknowledgement from US-based NVIDIA Corporation for being the first UAE government organisation to adopt NVIDIA GPU Computing Technology in AI and data processing, (Dubai Media Office)
#UAE #energy - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has participated in launching the ‘AI Procurement in a Box’ toolkit in collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAE (C4IR UAE). (Dubai Media Office)