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Arab Coders $1m challenge; Group 42 to collaborate on Israeli space mission


Middle East AI News

July 22 · Issue #76 · View online

Middle East AI News is a weekly news digest covering artificial intelligence news from across the region.

Good morning,
Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News!
A belated Eid Al Adha mubarak! Obviously, less news this week due to the Eid holidays. However, I have a few interesting stories and links to share.
First of all, on Sunday, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced a $1 million coding challenge for graduates of the One Million Arab Coders programme. Graduates of the learning programme, which aims to empower one million Arabs with essential coding skills, are now invited to create new coding projects for a chance to win one million dollars!
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is hosting a scaled-down and tech-enabled Hajj this year. The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, which used to see 2.5 million pilgrims, this year is expected to welcome 60,000 vaccinated Saudi residents.
Scroll down for these stories, plus Israel’s space collaboration with Abu Dhabi-based Group 42, plus a list of 10 of the most exciting Saudi AI startups.
And if you’re interest in Saudi Arabia’s National Strategy for Digital Transformation, you may be interested to learn that the government has just updated its information page on the Kingdom’s national digital transformation initiatives.
Stay safe and have a great weekend!

$1m Coding Challenge
Sheikh Mohammed launches $1m coding challenge Sheikh Mohammed launches $1m coding challenge
Startup News
A Saudi-based Nybl to launch to democratise access to AI by year-end
UAE AI Summer Camp
Registration open for 3rd edition of UAE AI Summer Camp (1-31 August, 2021)
Maximum technology utilized by Saudi authorities to ensure safety of pilgrims
Saudi's SDAIA, DARP and STC launch smart bracelet project for pilgrims
Israel's SpaceIL seeks UAE's cooperation on lunar mission, collaborating with Group 42 Israel's SpaceIL seeks UAE's cooperation on lunar mission, collaborating with Group 42
10 of the most exciting AI startups in Saudi Arabia
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