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Middle East AI News

January 20 · Issue #101 · View online

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


Good morning and a Happy New Year!
Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News! And we’re just twenty days into the New Year and there’s already an incredible number of announcements, new initiatives and news events.
Unfortunately, one of those events was the drone attack on targets in Abu Dhabi by Houthi rebels in Yemen, resulting in three fatalities and a number of injuries. Among other things, the incident highlighted just how high the stakes are in the race to create military effective unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), anti-drone technology and the ‘identify friend of foe’ systems that can keep skies safe.
Thankfully, there was also much good news this week, including the launch of PIF-backed SCAI - the Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence, the launch of a universal processor at Expo 2020 Dubai that promises to delivery ‘human brain-scale’ AI by the end of this year; customer experience platform Lucidya’s $6 million funding round; South Korean President Moon Jae-in visit to the region; and more!
Scroll down to check out all this week’s stories.
Stay safe and have a great day!
/Carrington

Startups
PIF-backed Saudi Company for AI launches operations PIF-backed Saudi Company for AI launches operations
Saudi technology start-up Lucidya raises $6m to fund expansion
Wasta seeks $750k funding in 2020
Supercomputing
Tachyum launches first 'human brain-scale' processor for HPC at Expo 2020 Dubai
Urban Air Mobility
RTA forum reviews traffic rules of driverless flying taxis in Dubai
Bellwether’s free flight reveal of half-scale Volar eVTOL aircraft
Smart Cities
South Korean President expresses hope for smart city, hydrogen cooperation with UAE
Saudi's Batic inks $3.2mln agreement to acquire stake in Smart Cities Solutions for Communications
AI Strategy
Workshop highlights artificial intelligence infrastructure in Oman
Robotics
Proven Robotics opens first robotics technical services and training centre in Saudi Arabia
Logistics
DP World launches new AI-powered platform to streamline customs procedures
R&D
MBZUAI researcher developing app to help speech-impaired people talk to Apple's Siri assistant
Autonomous Vehicles
What does Saudi Arabia’s autonomous vehicle agenda mean to the rest of the world?
Climate
Cloud seeding scientists win $1.5m grants to boost rainfall in UAE
Defence
UAE signs $23bn deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from US UAE signs $23bn deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from US
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