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Middle East AI News

April 1 · Issue #60 · View online

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


Good morning,
Here’s this week’s roundup of Middle East AI News!
March was an exciting month for technology in the region and when I tried to summarise all the new initiatives and developments for The AI Journal, I found it simply impossible to include everything in one article!
This week, provided a busy end to an encouragingly busy month. Today, you’ll find news on funding, R&D, robotics, AI voice, the environment and partnerships galore!
In a statement yesterday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai confirmed industries driven by AI and advanced technology will drive UAE’s future sustainable growth, and form the focus of ‘Operation 300bn’.
Meanwhile, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced ‘Shareek’, a new SR 12 trillion ($3.2 trillion) programme on Tuesday to boost the role of the private sector in diversifying the economy. It’s hard to imagine that emerging technologies and 4IR ventures won’t be a target for this investment.
Scroll down for more. You’ll also find details of next week’s Fueling The Future WIRED virtual summit at the end of this newsletter.
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
/Carrington

Startup News
Weelo raises 6-figure seed round to transform sales order automation in supply chain Weelo raises 6-figure seed round to transform sales order automation in supply chain
Saudi company wins first runner up in 14th MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup event
UAE 'Operation 300bn'
Industries driven by AI and advanced tech will drive UAE’s future sustainable growth
R&D
MBZUAI and Technology Innovation Institute sign key AI R&D deal
PIF-backed US tech firm planning innovation centre with Aramco
KAUST Challenge: Ideas and solutions for Hajj and Umrah
Robotics
Milagrow enters the Middle East, opens new office in Dafza
AI Voice
Google Assistant now provides AI-powered mental health support to Arabic speakers
National AI Strategy
Dubai Municipality, RTA join 'AI Code Hub'
Dubai Future Foundation, Emirates sign MoU to bring more innovation to the aviation sector
Energy
Injazat, Lamprell announce joint venture for digital energy solutions
Logistics
KAUST, Tabadul sign MoU to transform Saudi logistics using digitisation and AI
Cloud
KPMG, Oracle partner to back Saudi digital economy; Oracle plans additional cloud regions
AI Diplomacy
Chinese FM lauds China-UAE cooperation, friendship Chinese FM lauds China-UAE cooperation, friendship
Environment
Carnegie Mellon uses AI and robots to explore Qatar's waters
Events
Fueling The Future - WIRED Summit, 7 April
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