Middle East

  • Accenture claims that AI will generate $180 billion for ME economy

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to boost economic growth in the United Arab Emirates by 1.6 percentage points and add US$182 billion to the national economy by 2035, according to a recent report by Accenture (NYSE: ACN).

  • AI and the promise of better healthcare

    Artificial intelligence, the ubiquitous buzzword that keeps seeping into our everyday conversations and across several industries, carries with it the promise for a better life. It brings about a promise for bettering our lives as individuals, citizens, customers, students and most interestingly of all, as patients.

  • AI will benefit businesses by tracking ‘hidden inefficiencies’

    On Wednesday, at AI Everything in Dubai, a panel discussion took place which consisted of people from a variety of different sectors and they spoke about how AI could improve businesses.

  • Amadeus and Seera Group revolutionize MENA tourism sector

    Amadeus  and Seera Group, the Middle East region’s leading provider of travel and tourism services, have strengthened their partnership to drive technology innovation in the region’s tourism sector.

  • AWS expands global footprint with new ME infrastructure

    Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced the opening of the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region. With this launch, AWS now spans 69 Availability Zones within 22 geographic regions around the world, and has announced plans for nine more Availability Zones across three more AWS Regions in Indonesia, Italy, and South Africa.

  • Blockchain spending in MEA expected to double in 2018

    Spending on blockchain solutions in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is set to more than double this year, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation. The global technology research and consulting firm's recently launched 'Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide' shows spending in the region totaling $80.8 million for 2018, up 107% on the $38.9 million spent in 2017.

  • Casio sets the standard for smart education in the Middle East

    CASIO Middle East has announced the arrival of the 4000-lumens WUXGA projector Superior Series XJ-S400 models which feature a range of technological advances that are set to facilitate teaching in the region’s classrooms. Designed with the educator in mind, Superior Series projectors are optimized for the modern classroom, boasting easy, single-step set-up as well as a Moderator Function that allows for greater student participation.

  • Chinese vendor launches first IoT incubator in the Middle East

    Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, announced the launch of the Middle East's first Multitenant Internet of Things (IoT) Hosting Center in order to incubate the local digital ecosystem and accelerate IoT business development in the region.

  • Data center spend for smart cities in MENA to exceed $5bn by 2020

    As the Middle East accelerates its digital transformation and Smart Cities growth, regional data center spend will reach a record-high of USD 5 billion by 2020, industry experts announced today ahead of GITEX Technology Week.

  • Demand, budget pressures pushing GCC to transform

    Budget pressures and customer/citizen demands are driving GCC nations to embrace digital transformation, according to Deloitte's 2017 National Transformation in the Middle East report. Digital transformation is playing a fundamental role in shaping the way governments across the world are adapting to new opportunities and challenges, and the GCC is no exception.

  • DIFC registers over 100 global FinTech firms

    Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading international financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, marks a significant milestone today having registered more than 100 FinTech firms in the Centre.

  • Dubai amongst top five world leaders in smart city tech

    Dubai has been rated as one of the top five cities in using smart technology to better the lives of its residents, according to the latest Smart Cities Index.

  • Dubai moving toward becoming world’s first blockchain powered government by 2020

    Dubai is fast moving toward achieving its goal of becoming the world's first government to execute all implementable transactions on blockchain by 2020, an international expert on blockchain has said.

  • Evoteq and Johnson Controls introduce AI platform for smart cities

    Evoteq and Johnson Controls join forces to introducean end-to-end integrated Artificial Intelligence platform to create smart buildings and districts. 

  • French operator partners with Google to fund AI start-ups in the Middle East

    French telecommunications operator Orange has announced it has agreed to partner with US technology colossus Google, in an effort to explore opportunities to fund and potentially acquire start-ups in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

  • GCC country unveils the details of its digital transformation project

    Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with Batelco and Avaya, has transformed the ministry's communications and collaboration capabilities, with a strategic ICT implementation to connect all ministry employees around the world. The ministry worked closely with Avaya to transform its citizen services by integrating and digitalizing its communications and collaboration capabilities through a two-phased project.

  • Governments and Vendor Community need to Collaborate to Bring Smart Cities to Life

    There are a lot of discussions and demos of smart city technologies today that are enhancing the connectivity of everyday services. At the same time, there are many barriers to creating a truly smart city.

  • Huawei ‘Innovation Day’ to explore the future of digital transformation in the GCC region

    The leading global ICT solution provider Huawei is hosting its second annual Innovation Day, with the theme "Exploration, Lights the Way Forward". Scheduled to take place on the first day of GITEX 2017 at Sheikh Maktoum Hall, DWTC, "Huawei ME Innovation Day" will explore the role of ICT innovations in driving digital transformation and building sustainable knowledge-based economies in the Middle East.

  • Huawei launches largest Middle East-based Innovation Center in Riyadh

    Huawei launched its largest Middle East-based Innovation Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on July 31, in the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and H.E. Li Huanxin, the Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

  • Huawei ME creates ecosystem of partners in an effort to keep ‘smart cities’ safe

    Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei has announced a series of new partnerships with leading ICT players in the Middle East region in a bid to make 'smart cities' safer. Huawei revealed that it will deliver tailored public safety solutions necessary in order to meet the demands presented by increased urbanization in the fact of smart city transformation.