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Lots of interesting news to share today. Among them, these top urban mobility stories:
Falcon Aviation Services signs agreement to buy 35 of Eve eVTOLs to run air tours in Dubai;
FedEx starts a robo-delivery trial in Dubai Silicon Oasis; and
Dubai Municipality begins mapping Dubai for use by driverless cars.
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Urban Air Mobility
#UAE #eVTOL - Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services has signed a letter of intent to acquire 35 Eve electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to launch tourist flights in Dubai in 2026. Falcon says it will work Eve Air Mobility an Embraer company to help develop the UAEs urban air mobility ecosystem. (Flight Global)
#UAE #logistics - FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, will start trials of Roxo™, the FedEx SameDay Bot, in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO). The announcement follows the signing of a collaboration agreement with Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) and previously with Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). (Zawya)
#UAE #digitalmapping - Dubai Municipality has begun a digital mapping project to prepare the city for driverless cars. Google Maps-style vehicles were out on the streets as part of the effort. (The National)
#Jordan #UAE #funding - Jordan's Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship (MoDEE) and Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADQ) have launched a technology-focused $100 million venture capital fund. (Jordan Times)
#UAE #retinopathy - Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) has implemented AI systems at 11 of its healthcare centres to provide a new service to facilitate early detection and intervention of retinopathy (disease of the eye's retina). (Emirates News Agency)
#Egypt #cancer - Egypt's Ministry of Health may procure AI medical devices from General Electric (GE). Egypt is particularly interested in devices that screen patients for brain tumors without carrying out any invasive procedures. (Egypt Today)
#UAE #apps - Inception Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), the research subsidiary of G42, and Petuum, the creator of the world's first composable platform for MLOps, have announced a partnership with to build powerful AI applications. (CDO)
#Oman #robotics - Sandy Valley Robotics has signed a deal to build a 3.2 million square metre robotics park in Rusayl Industrial City. The developer says that the park will have a five-star hotel, a theme park, cable cars, a robotics research institute and a robotics themed shopping centre. (Muscat Daily)
#UAE #CloudAI - e& enterprise, part of e& (the company formerly known as Etisalat), has entered into a three-year partnership with AI Cloud technology company DataRobot to launch an Enterprise AI as a Service (AlaaS) offering. (Zawya)
#Saudi #cloud - Saudi Cloud Computing Company (“SCCC”), a new joint venture formed by Alibaba Cloud, Saudi Telecom Company (stc) Group, eWTP Arabia Capital, the Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI), and the Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE), has launched its services. (Zawya)
#UAE #funding - ADIO has formed individual partnerships with ANSR and Talent500 as part of its AED 2 billion (USD 545 million) Innovation Programme to drive innovation in high-growth areas of the economy. ANSR and Talent500 will set up regional headquarters and innovation centres in Abu Dhabi aimed at developing technological solutions to support global workforce transformation. (Abu Dhabi Media Office)
#Oman #drones - Four students of University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Shinas on the north of Oman's Batinah coast have developed a drone to sanitise public places. (Muscat Daily)
#UAE #energy - Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, is to partner with AIQ, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) AI joint venture with Group 42 (G42), to explore the development of new AI solutions that support a sustainable energy future. (Gulf Business)
#Oman #tenders - Oman’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has invited bids from international consultants to prepare detailed masterplan and design for smart cities at Sohar and Nizwa. Bid submission closes on 11 July 2022. (Zawya)