NEOM, Volocopter in eVTOL joint venture; Khalifa University develops AV





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Middle East AI News

December 2 · Issue #94 · 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!
Some interesting stories this week, including electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft manufacturer Volocopter’s new joint venture with NEOM; movement forwards on the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology’s Industry 4.0 initiative; and a new UAE data law that will affect all businesses using consumer data in 2022.
Meanwhile, Accenture and Microsoft published a new 5G study this week: ‘Unfolding the next growth chapter in the Middle East’. You can download the full PDF report here:
And finally, it seems that Saudi Arabia’s Global AI Summit may not take place in 2021 after all! The inaugural event took place October 2020 in Riyadh and was the launchpad for the Kingdom’s national AI strategy. However, after several attempts to schedule the summit during the year, I’m guessing this will have to be brought back in 2022.
Stay safe, have a great weekend and - if you’re in the UAE - enjoy the Golden Jubilee celebrations!

Urban Air Mobility
NEOM and Volocopter establish a joint venture to create an urban air mobility system for the new city NEOM and Volocopter establish a joint venture to create an urban air mobility system for the new city
Industry 4.0
Siemens to evaluate 200 UAE industrial firms for digital maturity
Autonomous Vehicles
Khalifa University launches first autonomous vehicle as campus shuttle
Qatar First Bank participates as private investor in Silicon Valley AI firm
AI Ethics
UNESCO member states adopt the first ever global agreement on the Ethics of AI
Data Protection
New UAE personal data protection law to come into force on January 2nd
Fifa Arab Cup trials AI offside monitoring
Egyptian Armed Forces discloses locally-produced drone 'Nut' Egyptian Armed Forces discloses locally-produced drone 'Nut'
Morocco reportedly will manufacture drones using Israeli technology; buys kamikaze drones
Republican senators attempt to block $500mn sale of US drones to Qatar
Saudi Arabia using $3 million missile to shoot down $1,000 UAV
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