PIF & STC to form new IoT venture; 5th Fleet to have 100 USVs in 2023

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April 7 · Issue #112 · 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!
Lots going on around the region. Perhaps the biggest news of the past week - which broke just a few hours too late to include in last week’s newsletter - was the announcement that PIF and STC will create a new IoT company.
We’ve seen new, well-financed, public and private sector companies being announced over the past couple of years targeting a number of different ICT verticals, including PIF’s SCAI (Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence). However, this is the first for IoT. I’ll be including more about this in my Linkedin newsletter later today.
Meanwhile, DEWA’s R&D centre has announced a new patent, Aramco and Kaust will create a new AI centre of excellence, and the U.S. 5th fleet plans to have 100 unmanned surface vessels (USVs) operating in the area by Summer 2023 (including data gathering USV Saildrone, which uses wind and solar power). Scroll down for these stories and more!
Lastly, in case you’re a Spotify user, I’ve just added the Middle East AI News top stories podcast to the platform. Check it out here.
Stay safe and have a great day!
/Carrington

IoT
Telecom giant stc, PIF partner in $131m deal to establish IoT joint venture Telecom giant stc, PIF partner in $131m deal to establish IoT joint venture
R&D
DEWA’s R&D Centre registers new patent
Saudi Aramco signs MoU with KAUST to establish AI centre of excellence
QF Research Center works on early diagnosis of autism
Education
UAE University team wins EGA’s annual student industrial robotics competition
Kidsity, BP Oman conduct third National Robotics Olympics
How Dubai helped a 12-year-old Kenyan robotics wiz realise his dreams
Smart Cities
New AI radars to fine Abu Dhabi drivers AED 500 for failing to wait at pedestrian crossings
Data Centres
Bahrain & stc launch data centre park
Equinix to build first data center in Salalah
ALEC launches new company to revolutionise data centre construction in MENA region
Smart Farming
UAE offers $2 million prize money for startups in agri-tech innovation
Drones
Oman issues licence for first training centre for drone operations
Defence
NAVCENT commander: Goal of 100 USVs in area by Summer of 2023
Events
World AI Show to take place in Dubai in May
ME Data Analytics Forum to focus on $215bn analytics business
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