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Top stories include Sabrewing’s agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Arabian Development & Marketing Co. (ADMC), which includes an order for 102 unmanned VTOL cargo aircraft; and UAE-based data science company Mango Sciences’ funding round.
Group 42 has revealed it’s new space technology programme. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi defence group Edge has announced is looking to semiconductor production and manufacture of drone platforms.
Also of note, in the latest Government AI Readiness Index compiled by Oxford Insights and IDRC, the UAE moves up from 19 to 16 in the ranking.
#UAE #funding – UAE-based Mango Sciences, a data science company that uses AI to tackle access to precision medicine, has secured investment from Spartech Ventures, a Dubai-based venture capital firm. The investment (of a yet undisclosed sum) comes as part of Mango Sciences’ current funding round. (Wamda)
#UAE #spacetech – Abu Dhabi’s AI firm Group 42 plans to tap into the space sector for new commercial opportunities, according to Talal Al Kaissi, the group’s new Vice President – Space Program & Special Projects. (The National)
#Egypt #R&D – Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly toured on Tuesday the country’s first-ever faculty for AI in the Nile Delta governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh, which was was established in April 2019. (Ahramonline)
#UAE #education – Studying the gains and pitfalls of living in a world increasingly powered by AI will be at the heart of an ambitious new school programme in the UAE in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the United States. (Gulf News)
#UAE #defence – UAE defence conglomerate Edge is looking to localise production of components such as computer chips and drone manufacturing platforms, according to its chief executive Faisal Al Bannai. (The National)
#UAE #smartcities – Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the top cities among Islamic countries on a global Smart City Index 2020 published by Switzerland-based Institute for Management Development. While Singapore retains top billing among 109 cities, Abu Dhabi is ranked 42nd and Dubai 43rd. (Salaam Gateway)
#Saudi #art – Ten finalists were announced for the AI Artathon during a live stream event on Tuesday to showcase artworks created by artists and AI developers using AI tools and techniques. The announcement of the winners will take place during the Global AI Summit on Oct. 22. (Saudi Gazette)