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Middle East AI News

August 26 · Issue #81 · 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! Again, a very busy week for the month of August!
This week we saw key policy announcements from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - the launch of Turkey’s new national AI strategy; Egypt’s new data centre and cloud services regulatory framework; and yesterday’s extravaganza in Riyadh, which (reportedly introduced $1.2 billion of new initiatives and announced the Kingdom’s ambition to become one of the world’s top five countries in AI.
Meanwhile, the new academic year is upon us. Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence has welcomed its second cohort of graduate students. You’ll also find a story about an innovative new programme at Zayed University that combines study with real-life skills.
Scroll down for these stories and more from Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE.
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
/Carrington

National AI Strategy
Saudi Arabia aims to be number five in AI globally, announces $1.2bn tech initiatives, and unveils first locally-made smart chips Saudi Arabia aims to be number five in AI globally, announces $1.2bn tech initiatives, and unveils first locally-made smart chips
Turkey announces first national AI strategy
IT Spending
Saudi Arabia’s big data, AI industries to hit nearly $900m by 2026
Cloud Policy
Egypt's telecom regulator approves new rules for data centres and Cloud services
Startup News
Arab Bank launches fintech accelerator in Egypt
Abu Dhabi's MindTales creates AI-powered mental health wellness platform
Dubai-based Tradeling launches an AI-driven digital procurement solution
Education
MBZUAI to welcome second cohort of students for Fall 2021 semester MBZUAI to welcome second cohort of students for Fall 2021 semester
Zayed University commenced a new technology and innovation degree programme this week
Justice
MoJ launches artificial intelligence unit
Defence
Two Saudi firms to co-produce Sky Guard drone for operational use
Afghanistan Evacuation
Afghan female robotics team defiant after fleeing Taliban to Qatar
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