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Middle East AI News

September 2 · Issue #82 · 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!
Hot on the heels of Saudi Arabia'a Launch event last week, the new National Technology Sector Development Program (NTDP) has announced details of its Technology Growth Financing programme, which will loan or guarantee loans for Saudi tech startups and SMEs up to a value of $4 million (SR 15m).
Scroll down for news on startups, smart cities and the Saudi robotics team that is competing at the World Robotics Summit in Japan this month. At the end of this newsletter you’ll find media interviews with Professor Fakhreddine Karray, the new provost of MBZUAI and Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder of emotion AI firm Affectiva.
Lastly, if you were following the announcements made at last week’s #LaunchKSA event in Riyadh, then you might be interested to know that I’ve made a list of all the announcements with useful links here:
Stay safe and have a great weekend!

Startup News
Saudi tech SMEs can now get up to $4 million in loans Saudi tech SMEs can now get up to $4 million in loans
Qatar Science and Technology Park invests in Kanari AI pre-Seed funding round
Tech accelerator Plug and Play teams up with ADIO to create 'industry 4.0 open innovation platform'
Jordanian e-learning platform aims to become most popular in region
India's AI company Signzy partners with Dubai's Seed Group to enter UAE
Smart Cities
Dubai Taxi’s fleet to be 5% driverless by 2023
IoT firm Netix, launches global channel programme
Financial Services
Kuwait Credit Bank launches smart mortgage loan service
Saudi robotics team to compete at World Robotics Summit this month in Japan
MBZUAI provost lays out plan to compete with top-tier universities MBZUAI provost lays out plan to compete with top-tier universities
Meet the entrepreneur teaching computers to understand human emotions
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