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Middle East AI News

June 3 · Issue #69 · 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!
People in the UAE and India are the most likely to try air taxis once they become approved in their country, according to a new survey by Horizon Aircraft. Scroll down to the end of the newsletter for this and lots more drone news!
Today’s newsletter also shares news on AI ethics policy, a new report on the UAE’s digital transformation, Saudi Arabia’s 2021 IT spending, robotic surgery in the UAE, plus the Washington Post’s story on how Facebook and Twitter’s algorithms recently blocked or restricted millions of mostly pro-Palestinian posts and accounts.
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
/Carrington

Retail
Majid Al Futtaim automates fulfilment of online Carrefour orders in Jeddah
Social Media
Facebook’s AI treats Palestinian activists like it treats American Black activists. It blocks them.
Digital Transformation
TDRA publishes 'Digital Transformation in UAE 2020 Report'
IT spending in Saudi Arabia set to rebound to $27.7bn in 2021
R&D
Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council opens office in Masdar City
Healthcare
American Hospital conducts the first robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery in Dubai
Al Zahra Hospital Dubai transforms surgical care
AI Policy
ADAFSA issues AI principles and ethics charter within its business
Spacetech
UAE’s lunar rover will use artificial intelligence to explore the Moon
Education
Egypt signs 4 new partnerships to enhance student technology skills
AI Diplomacy
Luxembourg-UAE ties to expand beyond financial services to space, AI, 4IR
UAE, Japan to launch business council
RAK, Estonia to collaborate on AI
Drones
Qatar approves draft law regulating unmanned aircraft
Aramco’s entrepreneurship arm boosts investment in drone operator
Air taxis to be a big success 'if safety issues taken care of'
The rainmaker: UAE-funded electric drone project designed to be the new cloud seeding
Defence
Turkey uses armed drone 'tech nationalism' to build influence abroad
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