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Middle East AI News

May 12 · Issue #117 · 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!
Dubai’s metaverse initiatives continue to roll-out, aiming to position the emirate as the first choice for new metaverse tech firms. At this early stage, it’s hard to predict what impact these may have, but this week a new committee was formed to develop a Dubai Metaverse Strategy within the next two months.
Also, former head of Group 42’s research institute in Abu Dhabi, Professor Ling Shao, has been appointed as president of Terminus International, based in Dubai. The District 2020-based company is a subsidiary of Chongqing-headquartered smart city tech firm Terminus Group, also known as the Expo 2020 official robotics partner.
Meanwhile, Mahmoud Shahoud, a Syrian refugee has won the million dollar One Million Arab Coders challenge! Good luck to him!
Lastly, the word has it that the much awaited second edition of the Global AI Summit in Riyadh will now take place from September 13th to 15th this year. Details have yet to be announced by the organisers, Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA). The first summit was held in October 2020 and provided the venue for the official launch of Saudi Arabia’s national artificial intelligence strategy.
Stay safe and have a great day!
/Carrington

Metaverse
Dubai ruler forms higher committee to develop Dubai Metaverse Strategy Dubai ruler forms higher committee to develop Dubai Metaverse Strategy
Startups
HONO plans expansion to UAE, Singapore and Indonesia, after Series A funding round
XenonStack global expansion in UAE and USA
R&D
QCRI builds new cyber security defence platform
Coding
Sheikh Hamdan awards Syrian refugee $1m for winning coding competition in Dubai
Entertainment
SenseTime brings AI-powered extended reality experiences to Riyadh Season
Inside Egypt's robot fighting scene!
Smart Cities
How Abu Dhabi Police's new high-tech unit keeps the capital's roads safe
Drones
Jetson personal eVTOLs are officially coming to Abu Dhabi this year
Satellite, drones and AI to monitor quality of soil in Abu Dhabi
Oman uses drones for mine mapping and 3D models
Education
UAEU team wins 4th Emirates Global Aluminum  robotics competition
Ericsson offers STEM education programme to students in Oman
Oman LNG to fund STEM education projects
Saudi made robot wows ICEE visitors
AI Policy
CITC Announces the Launch of the Emerging Technologies Regulatory Sandbox
Corporate Moves
Terminus Group appoints Dubai-based president for Terminus International
Smart Cities
Neom: Saudi super city to have millions of ‘Neomians’ by 2030
AI Diplomacy
Karnataka ties up with Bahrain to boost AI and Fintech startup ecosystem
Defence
US Navy works with allies to expand use of unmanned vessels in Middle East US Navy works with allies to expand use of unmanned vessels in Middle East
Bahrain Defence Force selects BATS coastal surveillance system
US and Bahrain conduct naval exercise Neon Defender
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