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Saudi's $18bn data centre plan; Egypt's AI strategy published

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Middle East AI News

July 8 · Issue #74 · 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!
I have to say, there’s a bit less news this week, but there are some rather big announcements!
Firstly, this week saw the launch of Egypt’s national AI portal and the publishing of its national AI strategy in the public domain. The AI strategy is something that the Ministry of CIT has been talking about for the past 18 months, but few have had the opportunity to read an actual document. You can download the updated versions of the strategy, Arabic or English, here.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of CIT announced an ambitious national data centre strategy, to raise $18 billion in funding and build out data centre capacity from an estimated 60 megawatts today to 1,300 MW by the year 2030.
Scroll down for more, including ZDNet’s report on the Middle East’s tech-led transport revolution, Abu Dhabi’s autonomous freight trucks, plus an interview with Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence president Eric Xing!
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
/Carrington

AI & Data Strategy
Saudi Arabia launches $18bn data centre strategy Saudi Arabia launches $18bn data centre strategy
CIT minister announces launch of AI platform, shares national AI strategy
Startup News
UAE-based AI-powered EdTech Alef wins prestigious SIIA CODiE Award
Transport
Smart cities to the hyperloop: This region is investing in a tech-led transport revolution Smart cities to the hyperloop: This region is investing in a tech-led transport revolution
CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, Khalifa Port implement region’s first autonomous port truck system
Oil & Gas
Saudi Aramco named Most Valuable Player in Offshore Technology's AI ranking
Interview
MBZUAI president: Healthcare an ideal jumping-off point for Artificial Intelligence
Digital Wellbeing
UAE National Programme for AI launches guide to raise awareness about 'deepfakes'
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