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UAE outlines 4IR industrial plan; Abu Dhabi builds quantum computer
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What a busy week for UAE tech!
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the UAE's new tech-focused Industrial Strategy "Operation 300bn" on Monday.
Tuesday saw Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport and Group 42 company Bayanat announce an upcoming driverless vehicle service in the capital.
And yesterday, Abu Dhabi's applied research institute, Technology Innovation Institute (TII), announced that it was building a quantum computer that could be in operation by the end of this summer.
Scroll down to read these stories and more from around the region.
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
UAE 'Operation 300bn'
#UAE #economy - An advanced technology agenda is at the heart of the UAE's new industrial development strategy 'Operation 300bn', which will focus on both the modernisation of existing sectors, plus the development of a new industrial ecosystem, consisting primarily of high-tech and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) ventures. (Gulf Business)
#USA #UAE #AI - SparkCognition, a US-based supplier of AI technologies, has opened an office in Dubai as part of a global expansion programme that is targeting the Middle East. CEO Amir Husain aims to bring the company's industrial Internet of things AI platform to Middle East customers. (Arab News)
#UAE #UK #investment - Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Co. will invest 800 million pounds ($1.1 billion) in U.K. life sciences businesses as part of efforts to boost the sector following the coronavirus pandemic, the British government said. (Bloomberg)
#UAE #AVs - Abu Dhabi's Department of Municipalities and Transport has partnered with Bayanat for Mapping & Surveying Services LLC, part of the Group 42 (G42) group, to lead the trial use of autonomous vehicles, introducing a new 'driverless' transport service by the end of 2021. (The National)
#UAE #Quantum - Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research arm of Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Research Council, is building its own #quantum computer at its Quantum Research Centre, in collaboration with Barcelona-based Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech. The machine would be the first quantum computer in the UAE. (The National)
#Saudi #UAE #DX - Saudi Arabia and the UAE and are accelerating ahead of the rest of the world in implementing digital transformation and cutting-edge technologies, according to new stats released from the Dell Technologies ‘Digital Transformation Index'. (ITP)
#UAE #hackathons - BLOOVO, which specialises in the provision of AI-powered talent acquisition solutions, has announced the launch of BKATHON, its cloud-based SaaS-oriented virtual hackathon, designed to digitize the hackathon process, stirring innovation and attracting the top talent. (Zawya)
#Saudi #education - The National Center for AI revealed plans for a project titled the “King Salman AI Oasis” at the Future Projects Forum 2021 this week. The first-of-its-kind interactive institution will help the public learn about AI in an educational and entertaining atmosphere. (Arab News)
#UAE #homeautomation - The global market for home automation is expected to grow at 9% per annum, but Sharaf DG, one of region’s leading technology retailers, expects the UAE to outpace the world. (Zawya)
#Saudi #smartbins - The Holy Makkah Municipality is using AI to sort and collect waste from the source. The National Center for Waste Management (NCWM) and the municipality’s hygiene department is distributing 15 smart, solar-powered machines to collect and sort empty plastic bottles in Makkah. (Arab News)
#Kuwait #droneservices - Zain Drone, a subsidiary of leading mobile telecom group Zain, has been awarded a contract to perform a precise data acquisition assignment for Kuwait’s Public Authority of Industry. Zain Drone will conduct an aerial topographical survey. (Kuwait Times)
#Israel #dronedelivery - The skies above the town of Hadera were abuzz with delivery drones on last week as national authorities trialed a central control room for safely coordinating UAVs with each other, as well as with planes and helicopters. (WEF)
#Saudi #weatherforecasting - Saudi Arabia's National Center of Meteorology is using AI to monitor the weather. The centre, which now has some of the most powerful weather monitoring systems in the region, has launched an automatic early warning system to allow authorities to prepare for extreme weather conditions. (Saudi Gazette)