ISSUE # 307

CNME August 2017

SEWA chairman Dr Rashid Alleem on the technological transformation of Sharjah's critical infrastructure

Interview: Polycom's Marco Landi
Polycom’s president for the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, Marco Landi, shares his thoughts on the potential for video conferencing solutions in the GCC, and why traditional workspaces are being transformed by advancing work cultures and technologies in the APAC-EMEA territory.

What’s Inside

CBB teams up with Bahrain FinTech Bay

0 234The announcement is the most recent in a series of steps affirming the CBB’s commitment to developing Bahrain into a leader of fintech innovation.

Microsoft flaunts AI progress in Bing, Cortana and Office 365

0 194Executives showcased advances in the Bing search engine, Cortana and Microsoft Office 365 productivity tools utilising artificial intelligence.

Alibaba Cloud celebrates one year anniversary of Dubai data centre

0 389Simon Hu, SVP of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud, said that the data centre provides “powerful, scalable and cost-effective cloud computing services” to regional public and enterprise customers.
Mohamed Talaat, Dell EMC, Dell EMC forum

Dell EMC forum facilitates Saudi Arabia’s directives of Vision 2030

0 263Dell EMC hosted its flagship Dell EMC Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Following Dell Technologies’ …

Sheikh Hamdan calls on entrepreneurs to enter e-commerce contest

0 286“Educating young people about e-commerce, its tools and strategies for success, is important to developing the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said His Highness.

Saudi official: Robots will take over industrial jobs

0 233Omar Al-Batati, Governor of Job Creation and Employment Commission, Saudi Arabia, has recently highlighted that a number of industrial jobs will inevitably be displaced by robots.

Swedish families help Volvo develop autonomous drive cars

0 199Starting today,  Volvo Cars begins developing its autonomous driving vehicles with help from Swedish families, who will test its cars …

RIPE NCC, TRA to build IPv6 capacity in Bahrain

0 235The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (NCC) and the Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) recently held a training program for telecommunications …
blockchain, digital currency

UAE, Saudi Arabia plan to launch joint digital currency

0 702The UAE is working with Saudi Arabia’s central bank to develop a joint digital currency to be used for cross-border transactions between the two nations.

Toyota, Panasonic to boost alliance in EV battery development

0 261Toyota and Panasonic have announced an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business.

Abraaj Group acquires stake in Tunisie Telecom

0 363Abraaj Group, a private equity firm, has bought a stake in Tunisia’s Société Nationale des Télécommunications (Tunisie Telecom) from Dubai …

ADGM-regulated $2 billion feeder fund for India launched

0 251Next Orbit Ventures (NOVF) ESDM, the newly launched Abu Dhabi-based fund established under the Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) jurisdiction, …

UAE University selects Mubadala, Serco JV for CAFM implementation

0 503Al Ain-based UAE University selected Khadamat for the deployment, and was supported by FSI Middle East who worked closely with Serco and Mubadala.

UAE MoF partners with Finovate Middle East to drive fintech innovation

0 505The UAE MoF has joined forces with the Finovate series to drive innovation, growth and investment in banking and payments technology in the Middle East.
Bitcoin hits another record high, guns for $20,000

Bitcoin hits another record high, guns for $20,000

0 52Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures …
our future

TRA launches Our Future VR project

0 464The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched its Our Future project, which aims to help students determine their university specialisation …

OSN launches digital platform ASLI

0 411OSN has announced the launch of its latest digital offering, ASLI, which is set to become the region’s first free …

Oman’s 4G speed ranked the fastest in Arab world: report

0 572Oman outranked several advanced countries' 4G speeds, such as the US, France, the UK, Germany and Sweden in addition to all Arab countries.
Commercial Bank of Dubai

The AI doctor: Commercial Bank of Dubai CEO Dr Bernd van Linder

0 1030Commercial Bank of Dubai CEO Dr Bernd van Linder is a rare commodity in his heavily-digitised industry. Boasting a PhD …

HH Sheikh Mohammed: Arab world must adapt

0 502His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai …

du announces VAT charges on products and services

0 416The company has started contacting all of its customers, electronically and personally, to advise them of the introduction of VAT.
IIoT, industrial, Honeywell, Energy Digitalisation Summit 2017

Honeywell shares insights on IIoT at Energy Digitalisation Summit 2017

0 527Global supplier of technology to the oil and gas industry Honeywell is sharing insights on how connectivity and the Industrial …
delta partners

Delta Partners-backed Aricent acquired by Altran

0 759Engineering and R&D services provider Altran has entered into an agreement to acquire Delta Partners-backed Aricent, a “digital leader” in …
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

HH Sheikh Hamdan named as a LinkedIn Influencer

0 428LinkedIn Influencers are selected to join this programme by invitation only, and comprise of 500+ of the world's foremost thinkers, leaders, and innovators.

MBRSC urges UAE youth to register for space programme

0 207Following the announcement from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and …
HR Tech Saudi Summit

HR Tech Saudi Summit addresses key issues and prospects

0 882The inaugural HR Tech Saudi Summit, organised by Dubai based QnA International, took place over two days, gathering policy leaders, key …
GCC smartphone

IDC: GCC smartphone market down 4.9% in Q3

0 357The GCC smartphone market dipped 4.9% while the mobile phone market remained flat in Q3 2017, according to the latest …

Verizon 5G launch due for H2 2018

0 330Ericsson has been selected to provide networking equipment for the commercial Verizon 5G launch, the firms have announced. Verizon 5G …

Smart Dubai: UAE to generate $9.2B from digital transformation by 2020

0 935The UAE will generate AED 33.8 billion ($9.2 billion) by 2020 thanks to digital transformation, said Dr. Aisha Bin Butti Bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office.

Microsoft appoints Al Hosni as country manager for Bahrain, Oman

0 369Al Hosni will drive Microsoft’s efforts to assist public and private-sector organisations in Bahrain and Oman with their digital transformation journeys.
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