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UAE approves self-driving licence test; G42 signs Indonesia deals


Middle East AI News

November 11 · Issue #91 · View online

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

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Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News!
Another step forward for the UAE’s drive to use autonomous vehicles has been announced. This week, the Cabinet approved a temporary licence to test autonomous vehicles, requested by the country’s Ministry of Interior. Few details have been published, but this is the first move to provide federal permission for AV testing. All previous self-driving vehicle tests have been small scale and approved on a case-by-case basis by individual emirates and/or district owners.
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi-based AI and cloud computing company Group 42 (G42) seems to be spreading its wings, signing two MoUs on the back of the UAE-Indonesia bilateral trade negotiations. One of these is to build a 1,000-Megawatt (MW) data centre in Indonesia, in partnership with wireless operator Smartfren.
And in Egypt, the country’s first public sector employees are getting ready to move to the New Administrative Capital as per instructions from President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi. The government has also announced that a new smart transportation systems company is being formed for the smart city.
Read these stories and more below!
You may also be interested to know that IDC has just published an analysis report on Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation journey. You can download your copy here.
Stay safe and have a great weekend!

Autonomous Vehicles
UAE approves plan to test self-driving vehicles UAE approves plan to test self-driving vehicles
Evocargo inks agreement with Dubai RTA to inspect autonomous cargo solutions
UAE-Indonesia Trade Deal
Group 42 and Smartfren to open 1000MW data centre in Indonesia
Group 42 and Sinar Mas Land to transform BSD City into Indonesia’s first smart city
Startup News
UAE aims to be home to 20 unicorns by 2031 as part of programme to back startups and SMEs
Benya Group, Openner sign MoU to launch $50M VC fund to focus on digital transformation
Smart Cities
First AI-powered driver evaluation hub launched in Dubai
Sohar Port uses AI, drone technology to strengthen operations
New Administrative Capital - Egypt
Mass relocation to New Administrative Capital
New company to be established to manage smart transportation in new capital
Orange Egypt building giant $135m data centre in New Administrative Capital
Abu Dhabi school receives Dh1 million donation to promote students' tech skills
Video: Arabian Business talks to Affectiva founder Rana el Kaliouby about AI and society
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