Israeli Blockchain Start-Up LogChain Completes Its First International Blockchain Shipment

The shipment, from Belgium to Israel, demonstrates the feasibility of performing a full shipping and trade finance digitization process across the supply-chain. LogChain's end-to-end Blockchain solution handles all aspects of the e-BL supply-chain and a digital Letter of Credit audit - to dramatically reduce costs and paperwork, improve customer experience and SLA, increase transparency and minimize fraud risks.

Call for Applications: Grants to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is currently accepting applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Application Deadline in 3 months

Call for Applications: Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East 2019

The contest aims to reward the best innovative and socially responsible business projects in Africa and the Middle East. This 9th edition unfolds in two phases: first the candidates participate to a national competition, then an international jury gives a grand prize to the best national winners. At both the national and international step, the viewers of this site can vote to add a name to the jury shortlist.
Application Deadline in 2 months

Dubai’s RTA starts using robots in cleaning metro stations

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has embarked on using robots in cleaning metro stations as part of efforts to introduce new techniques driven by artificial intelligence technology.

Blockchain to create ‘a sea of opportunity’ for global trade – Bettina Warburg

Technology promises ‘a golden age of supply chain innovation and borderless trade’, blockchain expert tells WGS. Blockchain revolution will ultimately eliminate need for centralized institutions, Bettina Warburg tells capacity audience.

Renewable Energy the Most Competitive Source of New Power Generation in GCC

Under current plans, the region will install 7 gigawatts (GW) of new power generation capacity from renewable sources by the early 2020s

Etisalat Digital accelerates adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain in the United Arab Emirates

Etisalat Digital selects four disruptive companies to join Future Now scaleup programme after Dubai Future Accelerators collaboration.

Let get inspired by innovation and win together in 2019

With the convergence of artificial intelligence, 5G, IoT, blockchain and additive manufacturing technologies, we are at the dawn of disruptive innovation that will impact businesses and enterprises worldwide.

Sites in Iran, Morocco and Spain recognized as important for the world’s agricultural heritage

A traditional saffron cultivation system in Iran, an argan-based agro-pastoral system in Morocco, and an ancient olive trees system in Spain today won recognition from FAO as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).

Call for applications: The Expo 2020 Dubai - Innovation impact grant program

Expo Live’s flagship Innovation Impact Grant Programme will award injection funds up to USD 100,000 to support the growth of social enterprises, startups and grassroots projects from around the world whose solutions generate social value and are in line with Expo 2020 Dubai’s subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Applications are closed

Smart Dubai and IBM announced the launch of the Dubai Blockchain Platform

Delivered through an IBM Cloud environment and built locally in the UAE, the enterprise-ready platform will serve as a stepping stone for organizations in the UAE and globally to transition their blockchain testing and development into full-production.

Call for Proposals: Improve the production and distribution of food in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field.
Applications are closed

Call for Applications: The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award

Announced at the One Young World Summit for the second year in a row, the call for applications for The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award has officially launched! There will be double the number of potential winners, from 5 to 10, with total value of all prizes combined - USD$100,000.
Applications are closed

Evaluating renewable energy manufacturing potential in the Arab region: Jordan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates

This study assesses the potential for manufacturing renewable energy components in Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

Call for Applications: The Museum of the Future's Accelerator Programme

The first challenge, Advanced Wearable Devices, focuses on leveraging the combination of sensor devices, and applications to create a truly incredible visitor experience.
Applications are closed
10 months ago

Countries in Europe and Central Asia Can Provide Better Opportunities and Services for Citizens by Leveraging Blockchain Technologies

With economic growth in Europe and Central Asia having peaked, following 2.7% growth in 2017 and a projection of 2.3% for 2018, countries in the region should take advantage of new digital technologies to innovate and improve their services, says a new World Bank report.
10 months ago

Dubai unveiled blockchain commercial registry project to improve ease of doing business and facilitate foreign direct investments

The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) have unveiled a joint blockchain project that was developed in collaboration with Smart Dubai and IBM to improve ease of doing business in Dubai and facilitate foreign direct investments.
a year ago

Smart Cooling Controlled System Exploiting Photovoltaic Renewable Energy Systems

The cooling system is integrated with an on-grid solar photovoltaic energy system to minimize the operational cost of the overall cooling system.
a year ago

Dubai DED adopts Artificial Intelligence as focal point of 10X project

Dubai 3i will particularly seek to become an incubator for companies and industries that offer services and products based on artificial intelligence as targeted by the Dubai 10X initiative and the emirates’ Artificial Intelligence Strategy.
a year ago

UAE Government’s GovTech Prize Launches the GovHack Series in 8 Major International Cities

The GovTech Prize works throughout the year to search for the best tech government solutions developed by governments and individuals, upon which are awarded at a ceremony during the World Government Summit.
a year ago

Call For Innovations Addressing Africa’s Challenges

The Call for Application has been launched across Africa for Innovations Addressing Africa’s Challenges and we are seeking innovative and disruptive solutions to the major challenges facing African countries, which include energy access, water, food insecurity, health systems, and governance.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Dubai breaks ground on world’s biggest Concentrated Solar Power project

This is the biggest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) investment project in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, and will generate 700MW on a single site.
a year ago

Emaar Hospitality Group Launches Global Hunt for World's Greatest Hospitality Talent for Under 26-year-olds

Eight candidates will be short-listed and invited to Dubai in July for a one-week casting that will combine traditional and innovative selection techniques. A casting centre will evaluate the short-listed candidates for their personality, creativity, innovative approaches and genuine passion for the industry. One will emerge as the winner - the world's greatest hospitality talent - who will undergo a three-year training under Emaar Hospitality Group's senior leaders and work across the board.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Dubai Tourism to launch blockchain encrypted virtual B2B marketplace for the travel industry

Dubai will be the first city to embark on the journey of democratising travel through the use of emerging technologies as it adds an additional distribution channel for hotels in its first phase, as its recently announced 10X initiative.
a year ago

27% Of British Businesses Look Overseas Post-Brexit, Says New Report From DMCC

Two thirds (66.5 per cent) of the firms surveyed following Prime Minister Theresa May speech on 2 March 2018, said they were actively looking at Dubai as a business location due to its geographical location, its business-friendly regime, its growing marketplace for commodities, financial services, and an increasing range of specialist industries.
a year ago

Call for Applications: Microsoft AI Residency Program 2018 - Learn new Artificial Intelligence skills and improve people’s lives with intelligent technology

You will gain skills and hands-on experience working on practical AI and machine learning problems that help tackle some of society’s toughest challenges. The ideal candidate will have a passion for leveraging their expertise from computer science work and/or other technical fields to solve real-world challenges by applying AI and machine learning.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Call for Applications: Africa Food Price 2018 for Innovation in African Agriculture

The search is on for the winner of the 2018 Africa Food Prize - the preeminent award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.
Applications are closed
a year ago

RTA Dubai launches tests of the world’s first ‘Autonomous Pods’

The autonomous pods are designed to travel short and medium distances in dedicated lanes. They can be coupled in 15 to 20 seconds or detached, depending on the destination of riders, in 5 seconds. The autonomous pods are fitted with cameras and electromechanical technologies to carry out the coupling and detaching processes, and this feature can be activated in-motion.
a year ago

Call for Proposals: Space Challenge - New concepts, solutions, and business models for living and working in space, the Moon, and on Mars

Innovative high-risk, high-reward projects that would be difficult to fund otherwise are preferred. Topics: Space Settlements,Terraforming and Space Ecology and Business Models and Governance Issues.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Use of renewable energy for desalination in urban agriculture in the GCC countries: Possibilities and challenges

Desalination can always provide a tailored-quality irrigation water at any climatic conditions. The main challenge for considering desalination for agriculture is purely economic; where GCC countries could consider it only if intensive horticulture of high-value cash crops, such as vegetables and flowers in controlled environments, is considered.
a year ago

OurCrowd Launches $100 million Cognitiv Fund specialized in Artificial Intelligence, Deep-learning, IoT, Robotics and Digital manufacturing

OurCrowd announced the launch of Cognitiv, a specialized $100 million global fund focused on early-stage companies that leverage AI, deep-learning, IoT, robotics and digital manufacturing to become tomorrow’s category leaders.
a year ago

Egypt: new e-commerce strategy aims to double online businesses

Without a fast and reliable connection, businesses and customers will struggle to connect to e-commerce platforms and e-marketplaces, and companies will find it difficult to deliver digital services, such as data analytics and digital marketing.
a year ago

Smart City and Smart Tourism: A Case of Dubai

The objective of this study is to identify best practices related to Dubai’s smart city and smart tourism. In so doing, Dubai’s mission and vision along with key dimensions and pillars are identified in relation to the advancements in the literature while highlighting key resources and challenges.
a year ago

Applications open for Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MRM) Business Award and the MRM Business Innovation Award, which are open to all private companies in the UAE and GCC, regardless of their type, size, and sector (including non-free zone and free zone companies).
Applications are closed
a year ago

African Development Bank launches Youth Advisory Group to create 25 million jobs

The Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative aims to create 25 million jobs and benefit 50 million youth over the next 10 years by equipping them with the right skills to get decent and meaningful jobs. It is currently the largest effort going on for youth employment in Africa today. The advisory group, inaugurated on the sidelines of the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum in Abidjan on Monday, November 27, will work with the Bank to create jobs for Africa’s youth.
a year ago

dnata Successfully Tests the Use of Blockchain Technology for Airfreight Transportation in Dubai

flydubai Cargo and dnata, in collaboration with Emirates Innovation Lab and IBM jointly developed a logistics platform in which blockchain infrastructure was implemented for supply chain transactions from a purchase order from the origin to delivery to the Consignee warehouse at its destination.
a year ago

Access Power and FMO launch second edition of Solar ‘Shark Tank’ Competition for Innovative Solar Projects

In order to be considered for the grant, the proposed projects must be located in Asia, Africa or Latin America and be based on solar PV technology. They should also meet the capacity criterion of 10MW or more, and be at an advanced stage of development (preliminary feasibility studies should have been completed).
Applications are closed
a year ago

DMCC and China partnership to create Dubai marketplace for the Global Coffee Trade

A report recently released by the International Coffee Organization confirmed that global exports in coffee year 2016/17 increased by 4.8% to 122.45 million bags compared to 116.89 million bags in the previous year.
a year ago

IRENA’s Sustainable Energy Marketplace helps Projects Developers, Financiers and Service and Technology providers Connect to Bring Projects to Fruition

A virtual platform developed by IRENA, the Marketplace highlights promising low-carbon energy projects in developing countries and helps developers, financiers and service and technology providers connect to bring projects to fruition.
a year ago

Mubadala, CDC International Capital, and Bpifrance sign 1 billion Euros Investment Agreement

Bpifrance and Mubadala invest up to 500 million Euros in startups and more mature technology companies through both direct investments and venture capital funds. The program will focus on information and communication technologies, biotech, green tech and other fast-rising technology sectors.
a year ago

Fully Solar Powered Raja Bhoj International Airport: A Feasibility Study

A 2 MWp onsite solar PV power plant is proposed for Raj Bhoj International Airport (RBIA), India. An online PV simulation tool SISIFO, developed by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), has been used to analyse the performance of the proposed plant. The plant is capable of generating 2733.122 MWh of electrical energy annually.
a year ago

1 Million Arab Coders Initiative to Empower Young Arabs in Software, Smart Phone Applications and Web Development

The initiative will empower young Arabs with knowledge so they can get jobs, current stats reveal that, globally, approximately 80 million jobs will be available in 2020 in software, smart phone applications and web development. Participants will enjoy the advantage of being part of a community that plays a key role in various key economic sectors, particularly e-commerce, IT and software engineering.
a year ago

Saudi Arabia to invest $500 billion in NEOM, a Smart City dedicated to Trade, Innovation, and Technology

NEOM is born from the ambition of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 to see the country develop into a pioneering and thriving model of excellence in various and important areas of life. NEOM aims to thrive the transformation of the Kingdom into a leading global hub through the introduction of value chains of industry and technology.
a year ago

Dubai launched Internet of Things Strategy and the Data Wealth initiative

The Dubai IoT Strategy seeks to build the world’s most advanced Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem in the world’s smartest city to improve people’s lives. The strategy aims to protect Dubai’s digital wealth, encourage government departments to join the emirate’s smart transformation, and achieve the objectives of the Smart Dubai Plan 2021 to transition to a 100% paperless government.
a year ago

Creative Industries: Development Processes Under Contemporary Conditions of Globalization

The paper presents a comparative analysis of theories and theoretical approaches intended for the sector of creative industries and its development as well as defines regularities and specificities characteristic of the development of creative industries.
a year ago

Africa's Rapid Urbanization can drive Industrialization, says new UN report

A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development.
a year ago

UAE seeks to be among World's Leaders in Science, Technology and Innovation

The UAE has launched over 100 initiatives in the sectors of education, health, energy, transport, aerospace, water, solar energy, intellectual property and biotechnology research.
a year ago

Green Energy could help Developing Countries that are Too Dependent on Commodities Exports Diversify Their Economies

Forecasts show renewable energy accounting for more than 60 per cent of the global increase in electricity output over the next five years. And the falling cost of renewables means they could play a key role in getting electricity to more businesses and homes in developing countries, especially those outside the main cities.
a year ago

Call for Applications: Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 Awards “Investing In Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems”

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) announced the seventh edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) themed “investing in inclusive innovation ecosystems” thereby inviting submissions to reward the best home-grown innovations on the continent. The annual Award seeks to celebrate outstanding breakthroughs that deliver practical, and commercially viable African solutions that are innovative and sustainable.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Middle East Mobile Operators Will Be 5G Early Adopters, According to New GSMA Report

The new study forecasts that there will be more than 50 million 5G connections across the MENA region by 2025, with 5G networks covering approximately 30 per cent of the region’s population by that point. The report also highlights how mobile broadband (3G/4G) networks account for about half of total mobile connections in the MENA region today and are forecast to increase to 70 per cent of the total by the end of the decade.
a year ago

The UAE launch Mars Science City

This project will include advanced laboratories that stimulate the red planet’s terrain and harsh environment through advanced 3D printing technology and heat and radiation insulation. It seeks to attract the best scientific minds from around the world in a collaborative contribution in the UAE to human development and the improvement of life. It also seeks to address global challenges such as food, water and energy security on earth.
a year ago

Renewable Energy Policy Trends and Recommendations for GCC countries

This paper investigates current trends in renewable energy policy with the aim of identifying those that will be the most effective and feasible to catalyze renewable energy in GCC countries. The findings show that utility-scale renewable energy auctions are a primary mode of stimulating renewable energy deployment internationally and this mechanism is optimally aligned with catalyzing renewable energy deployment in the GCC countries.
a year ago

Saudi Arabia the Next Big Market for Solar PV Projects in the Gulf Cooperation Council

The global PV demand is still dominated by China. EnergyTrend estimates its cumulative installed solar capacity to hit 125 GW by the end of 2017. China, the U.S., India and Japan represent 75% of the world’s entire solar installation capacity for the year 2017. The total global installed PV capacity will exceed 400 GW in 2018, nearly 1 TW total installed solar power is possible by 2021. India alone plans to reach 100 GW of PV by 2022.
a year ago

Changes in Technology and Trade Disrupting Manufacturing-Led Development

Smart automation, advanced robotics, 3-D printing and other advances being incorporated by global manufacturers of cars, electronics, apparel, consumer and other goods are shifting how countries and firms compete for production.
2 years ago

The fourth phase of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park set a new global record at USD 7.3 cents per kilowatt hour

ACWA Power awarded 700 MW CSP fourth phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park at a levelised tariff of US $7.30 cents per kilowatt hour; a cost level that competes with fossil fuel generated electricity without subsidy for reliable and dispatchable solar energy through the night.
2 years ago

EIB conference in Egypt calls for Private Sector to Lead New Push for Investments in the Mediterranean region

By stimulating investment in the private sector and vital infrastructure, it aims to create opportunities for employment and improve both daily living conditions and the business environment by increasing the provision of services like energy, transport, water, sanitation and education.
2 years ago

Societal Trends and Government Food Security Initiatives Drive Growth Opportunities in an Evolving KSA Food Market

Government initiatives for food security and planned economic diversification are opening up tremendous untapped growth opportunities. In a competitive ecosystem, successful players will be those that pursue new product development, marketing, promotion, and distribution strategies.
2 years ago

Prototype of Parking Finder Application for Intelligent Parking System

This paper explains the design and fabrication of an intelligent, user-friendly parking system developed in the United Arab Emirates. The need for a smart parking system was assessed by conducting a survey on the current parking issues. This paper elaborates on the hardware and software realization of the proposed parking system developed for motorists to locate vacant parking using mobile application.
2 years ago

3D printing Cement based ink, and it’s application within the Construction Industry

The paper summarizes the approach towards to an appropriate mix design which can achieve the requirement of the printing process, and overcome the current constraints which are hindering the wide application of 3D print in construction industry.
2 years ago

United Arab Emirates will invest US$1.5 billion in Dubai Food Park

DFP seeks to enhance Dubai’s position as a leading regional hub for food trade, import, export and re-export of foodstuffs. Conceptualized at a time when food trade makes up 11 percent of the UAE’s GDP and the food industry is estimated to grow by 70 percent to US$6.3 billion by 2030, the Park will offer all categories of food wholesale services to meet the high demand of the food sector in the UAE and the wider region.
2 years ago

GIS-based Wind Farm Site Selection Model Offshore, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

This study aimed at assessing the viability of establishing wind farms offshore the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE and to identify favourable sites for such farms using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) procedures and algorithms.
2 years ago

UN Uses Blockchain-based IrisGuard EyePay Platform to Aid Vulnerable Refugees

IrisGuard is revolutionizing the refugee experience by incorporating a biometrics payment system into UN camps, through it’s latest version of the EyePay® system for trusted payments for both banks and blockchain channels, transforming how cash and food humanitarian assistance are delivered to vulnerable refugees.
2 years ago

Registration Opens for the third cycle of Dubai Future Accelerators

Dubai is calling on the world’s most innovative companies to help find solutions to key strategic challenges as registration opens for the third cycle of Dubai Future Accelerators, the world’s fastest growing business accelerators programme, which is run by Dubai Future Foundation.
2 years ago

Qatar Airways Cargo Transports 4,000 Cows To Support The State Of Qatar’s Dairy Demand

Qatar Airways Cargo announced that it has transported the country’s first two shipments of 330 Holstein cows from Europe on a Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 freighter. These initial shipments are part of a 4,000-head herd that marks the launch of a completely new industry for the State of Qatar.
2 years ago

Singapore Start-up OTSAW Digital to deploy Autonomous Outdoor Security Robot in Dubai

Singapore start-up OTSAW Digital has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dubai Police Force to deploy autonomous outdoor security robot, O-R3, by the end of 2017 as part of the Smart Dubai initiative.
2 years ago

Implementing Conceptual Model using Renewable Energies in Rural Area of Iran

In this study, the Weibull and Angestrom distribution methods were used to assess the potential of wind and solar energy range in Chaharmahal va Bakhtiari province of Iran (The Case study). After determining the values calculated based on meteorological stations' data, the IDW interpolation method in GIS software was used for the entire geographic range of the province.
2 years ago

Dubai Electricity authority launches Web Application to help users decide to install Solar Rooftop

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a web application to help users decide to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops and generate solar power energy, as part of efforts to support and engage Dubai residents to reduce the emirate's carbon footprint. The ‘Shams Dubai Calculator’ is designed to allow DEWA customers produce solar power energy under the Shams Dubai initiative.
2 years ago

Middle East Offers Robust Growth Opportunities in IoT Adoption

As the Internet of Things (IoT) comes into focus, a majority of organizations across the world are trying to understand its role and relevance to their growth. IoT already connects more than 10 billion devices worldwide and over the next five years, this number is expected to grow to 100 billion. By 2025, IoT will generate economic benefits between USD 4 to 11 trillion globally. By all indications, IoT is a logistical and economic force that every organisation should address.
2 years ago

800MW third phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai reaches Financial Funding Agreement

The 16 square-kilometre 800MW photovoltaic plant will be the largest of its kind in the world on completion, generating around 2.5 million megawatt-hours of electricity per annum on completion. Unlike conventional solar power arrays, the third phase of the solar park will use tilting panels that track the sun, thereby maximising output.
2 years ago

ObjectTech develop Blockchain Digital Passports for seamless entry at Dubai Airport

This will mean passengers arriving in Dubai Airport will be able to step off their flight and walk straight to baggage reclaim via biometric verification whilst they walk - allowing them to be registered into the country using a pre-approved and entirely digitised passport. Seamless entry at international airports has been an idea for many years, but it is the advent of the identity trust framework provided by blockchain technology which means for the first time, this is now possible.
2 years ago

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange launches Blockchain Technology to enable Investors to use E-Voting

ADX is the first in the MENA Region and the third globally to adopt the Blockchain technology. The launch in 2016 was part of the Exchange’s strategic innovations to further empower and strengthen the services provided by ADX to the local and foreign investors, listed companies, and stakeholders.The Blockchain technology enables investors to use e-voting in AGMs and access statistical records of each company and its investors through smart devices. It also enables investors to vote from inside the UAE and overseas.
2 years ago

AfDB explores Investment Strategies to tilt Markets in favour of African farmers

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has proposed new investment strategies in Africa’s agriculture sector, which, if properly implemented, would effectively alter the market structures around the world in favour of the African farmers of major cash crops like tea, coffee and cocoa.
2 years ago

The Africa Competitiveness Report 2017 : Addressing Africa’s Demographic Dividend

The report finds that the ability of Africa’s economies to generate enough jobs for its young and growing population rests on the successful implementation of urgent structural reforms to boost productivity. Competitiveness is defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity, and hence future prosperity, of a country.
2 years ago

U.S. NCAR to develop Advanced Wind and Solar Energy Forecasting system for Kuwait

Expanding its work in renewable energy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is launching a three-year project to develop specialized forecasts for a major wind and solar energy facility in Kuwait. The $5.1 million project will focus on developing a system to provide detailed forecasts of wind and solar irradiance at Kuwait's planned 2-gigawatt Shagaya renewable energy plant. After NCAR develops the system, the technology will be transferred to the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) for day-to-day operations.
2 years ago

Enviroserve UAE to set up world’s largest integrated electronics, waste recycling plant at Dubai Industrial Park

The first plant-of-its-kind facility will recycle the entire range of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment ranging from consumer and industrial to commercial and military appliances, including air conditioners, batteries, IT equipment, household appliances, military avionics and mobile phones. In addition, it will recycle specialised waste material such as aerosol cans and lightbulbs, and become the only dedicated refrigerant reclaim facility in the UAE.
2 years ago

Internet of Things (IoT) : Charity Automation (Saudi Arabia)

This paper presents a smart solution which is based on advanced technologies namely; Smart Charity (SC) that will help charity organizations, donators and needy people by involving IoT. SC working mechanism based on two folds, 1)Web-Based Application and 2)Android-based smart Application that will enable donors to donate through their mobiles anywhere and anytime, as well they can suggest the best time for them so the charity organization’s representative can visit and collect the desired donations.
2 years ago

Dubai 3D Printing Strategy will focus on three major sectors: Construction, Medical Products, Consumer Products

Within the medical products sector, the focus will be on developing 3D printed products to promote Dubai’s competitiveness and enhance its leadership as a global centre of technology. By 2025, Dubai will produce 3D printed artificial organs costing less than AED 400 (108.90 USD).
2 years ago

Qatar's Commercial Bank completed the initial pilot phase using Blockchain Network to process International Transfers

Commercial Bank created a blockchain network with its regional alliance banks using a cloud-based ledger technology. This network enhances automation between the banks, with increased transactional security, accuracy and speed. The blockchain network also eliminates the need for intermediaries, enabling Commercial Bank to offer its customers near to real-time bank-to-bank transfers at a low cost.
2 years ago

Dubai could become first Blockchain powered city, IT expert says

Dubai is rapidly moving towards implementing Blockchain technology, which offers speedy and cost-effective transactions, and reaching its target of becoming the first Blockchain-powered city by 2020, a senior IT expert said.
2 years ago

Hyperloop Set to have a disruptive effect on Manufacturing, Warehousing and Supply Chain Distribution throughout the GCC

Set to have a disruptive effect on manufacturing, warehousing and supply chain distribution throughout the GCC and beyond, Hyperloop One is reinventing transportation to eliminate the barriers of distance and time. Traveling at speeds of 1080 km/h, Hyperloop will enable travel between cities in the GCC in under an hour, enabling disruption that will create new opportunities in manufacturing, warehousing and supply chain distribution.
2 years ago

Smart Dubai launches its Development Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence

Smart Dubai Government Establishment, the technology arm of Smart Dubai Office, today organised a one-day workshop for executives and technical teams from various Dubai Government Agencies to raise awareness on Dubai’s artificial intelligence service, "Saad" and outline a development roadmap for artificial intelligence in Dubai.
2 years ago

Turf Feeding Systems to build High Yield Farms and Hydroponic Greenhouses in the Agricultural regions in the Kuwait desert to grow vegetables and food crops

Turf Feeding Systems and House of Development for Agricultural Contracting Co., the leading agro business in Kuwait, are working together building high yield farms and hydroponic greenhouses in the agricultural regions in the Kuwait desert to grow vegetables and food crops.
2 years ago

First Fincluders Startup Challenge for Fintech Entrepreneurs with Solutions and Concepts for Spreading Financial Inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

The first Fincluders Startup Challenge outside Europe is set to feature prize money of up to USD 15,000 for fintech entrepreneurs with solutions and concepts for spreading financial inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), says the event's organizer, the Technical Assistance Facility of the SANAD Fund for MSME.
2 years ago

Smart Dubai kicks off First Ever City-Wide Implementation of Blockchain

The Smart Dubai Office, SDO, announced on Tuesday the kick off of the first city-wide effort to implement blockchain technology in city services with the objective of transforming and enhancing city experiences, in collaboration with IBM as its Blockchain Lead Strategic Partner, and Consensys as Blockchain City Advisor.
2 years ago

Cyber-Security in Smart Cities: the case of Dubai

The city of Dubai emerges as a leading partner in not only technology innovation but also designed infrastructure and strategic security. There is a strategy, which will globally add the city and leadership to the leading smart cities of the world. Considering current and future challenges, the strategic aim is to 'smart' wire the city of Dubai by 2020.
2 years ago

Fintech Business, Beehive, is the First Peer to Peer Lending Platform to Receive Regulation from the Dubai Financial Services Authority

The new regulation is a first for the region and could catalyse growth of the fintech industry. Not only will it ensure clear governance for fintech businesses but will also provide added protection and peace of mind for peer to peer retail investors. Its introduction is particularly timely as peer to peer lending, also known as lending based crowdfunding, is becoming an increasingly important route for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access finance.
2 years ago

Analysis and Design of a Hybrid Renewable Energy System – Lebanon Case

This paper covers the design of a solar and wind based hybrid renewable system presenting calculations and considerations in order to achieve an optimized design. Since hybrid systems performance relies mainly on geographical an d meteorological aspects, the study will consider the case of the Mediterranean area and in particular Lebanon.
2 years ago

UAE Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, when completed by 2030, will be the largest single-site Solar Project in the world with a capacity of 5,000 MW

A Masdar- led consortium is developing the third phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is an 800 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. Phase 3 is part of what will be the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030.The plant is being developed on a 16 square kilometre area in Seih Al Dahal, located on the outskirts of Dubai.
2 years ago

Site Selection for Large-Scale Algae Cultivation Towards Biodiesel Production

This article discusses the survey conducted for the selection of sites pertinent for large-scale algae growth aiming at a high yield of biodiesel. Maps of surveyed locations and charts showing the importance of algae cultivation have been included. The manuscript elaborates the geographical features of each location and shows their aptness to be selected as algae farming sites. Comparison of oil yield from different crops has been shown through graphs.
2 years ago

Causality Relationship Between Import, Export and Growth Rate in Developing Countries

In this paper, we tried to determine the relationship between imports, exports and growth rate in developing countries. Within this scope, 6 developing countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Malaysia, Mexico and Turkey) were analyzed in this study. In order to achieve this purpose, annual data for the periods between 1961 and 2014 was tested by using Engle Granger co-integration analysis, Vector Error Correction Model and Toda Yamamoto causality analysis.
2 years ago

Collaborative Research for the Creation of a Hydrogen-Based Society in the United Arab Emirates

Utilizing a hydrogen station that is to be built in May 2017, Toyota will conduct a complete range of driving and refueling tests under extreme heat, dust, and other conditions unique to the local environment. Toyota will also provide short-term leases to the UAE government institutions and opinion leaders so as to promote better understanding of FCVs and hydrogen-based societies.
2 years ago

Empowering Women in Africa through Access to Sustainable Energy - A desk review of gender-focused approaches in the renewable energy sector

Women and men do not have equal access to energy, the same energy service may impact women and men differently, driving distinct social and economic outcomes for each group. The gendered division of labour creates different energy needs, as do different perceptions of the benefits of energy and the capacity to access those benefits depending on one’s gender. Energy poverty hinders social and economic development.
2 years ago

Management of Electricity Peak Load for Residential sector in Baghdad city by using Solar Generation

The aim of this work is implementation of management techniques using solar cells for residential sector in Baghdad city. The estimation of solar radiation data and PV system design has been simulated based on MATLAB software. In this study, a 20% efficiency monocrystalline silicon rooftop PV generator of 2kWp with six panels and overall area 10m² has been proposed for each customer in the residential sector of Baghdad. The panels are orientated towards south (azimuth angle equals zero) with a tilt angle equals 18° for summery months and 48° for wintery months.
2 years ago

Renewable Energy in the Arab Region: Overview of developments

The growth of the renewable energy market in 2014–2015 and falling costs for renewable energy technologies are positive signs, prompting policy makers to look more seriously than ever into the potential of clean and sustainable energy sources. Despite difficulties faced by regional economies and energy sectors, the Arab region is taking bold steps to advance renewables and play a significant role in the global energy transition.
2 years ago

Opening up, Iran has Opportunity to Commercialize its Science and Technology Skills

The Islamic Republic of Iran has developed the science and technology skills necessary to be a global player in more than oil and gas, but must invest more in innovation to compete effectively in the global economy, according to an UNCTAD report.
2 years ago

Green Gold: Growing Jet Fuel in the Desert

Producing biofuel on infertile, sea-watered, desert land is a feat in its own right, but it’s actually only one part of the project’s larger Seawater Energy and Agriculture System, that includes farming fish and growing mangroves to create a system that can feed people and further reduce the environmental impact of the fuel production.
2 years ago

Worldwide spending on Smart City estimated to $41 trillion in the next 20 years

Qatar is one of the fastest growing IT markets in the Middle East region and as part of the government’s ICT-2015 strategy, the government had outlined plans to invest QAR6bn (USD $1.6 billion) in information technology and IT services. Cybersecurity features as an integral part of Qatar government’s strategy framework.
2 years ago

Hyperloop One Defines The Future Of Transport In Dubai

Hyperloop One unveiled an original concept for autonomous transportation in the UAE, including designs for the world's first Hyperloop One Portals (the equivalent of a station or airport) and Hyperloop One Pods that can take passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes, compared to a two-hour drive.
2 years ago

Urban Scale Application of Solar PV to Improve Sustainability in the Building and the Energy Sectors of Saudi Arabia

This study investigates the prospects of application of PV in buildings to improve the sustainability standards in the building and energy sectors of the country by considering the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) as a case study.
2 years ago

Central Asian Countries Identify $94 Billion Energy Investment Needs to 2023

Central Asian countries have identified power investment needs of about $94 billion to 2023, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB)-commissioned study presented at an energy forum today in Islamabad. Further, the financing gap that the private sector has to fill in the same period amounts to about $38 billion.
2 years ago

Optimization of Bioethanol Production from Nigerian Sugarcane Juice using factorial design

The quest to reduce the level of overdependence on fossil fuel product and to provide all required information on proven existing alternatives for renewable energy has resulted into rapid growth of research globally to identify efficient alternative renewable energy sources and the process technologies that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. The present study is aimed at production and characterization of bioethanol produced from sugarcane juice using a factorial design investigating the effect of four parameters (reaction temperature, time, concentration of bacteria used and amount of substrate).
3 years ago

Barriers, Risks and Policies for Renewables in the Gulf States

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have both large fossil fuel resources and vast renewable energy potentials. Here, we investigate in a literature meta-analysis and a survey, whether there is a need for renewables in the GCC, what barriers and risks presently deter investments, and what possible policy-solutions could be. We find that there is a long-term need for renewables, to diversify the economy and prepare for a post-fossil fuel era. In the short term, two main obstacles deter investments: inefficient bureaucracy, and the combination of fossil fuel/electricity subsidies and the absence of renewable energy support.
3 years ago

Land Suitability Analysis for Solar Farms Exploitation Using GIS and Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (FAHP) — A Case Study of Iran

Considering the geographical location and climatic conditions of Iran, solar energy can provide a considerable portion of the energy demand for the country. This study develops a two-step framework. In the first step, the map of unsuitable regions is extracted based on the defined constraints. In the next step, in order to identify the suitability of different regions, 11 defined criteria, including solar radiation, average annual temperatures, distance from power transmission lines, distance from major roads, distance from residential area, elevation, slope, land use, average annual cloudy days, average annual humidity and average annual dusty days, are identified.
3 years ago

Dubai to create a new program to reward Innovative Companies around the world

The challenges include the application of cutting-edge technologies such as AI (Artificial Intelligence) and robotics, genomics, 3D printing, distributed ledgers, biomimicry and biotechnology, as well as new business models and ways of working. Each challenge focuses on an important areas of government innovation, including healthcare, education, transportation, infrastructure, renewable energy, and digital transformation.
3 years ago

Syska Hennessy Group announced its involvement in making Dubai home to the first 3D Printed Building project

Syska Hennessy is collaborating on this project with 3D printing technology firm WinSun Global and International architecture and engineering firms Gensler and Thornton Tomasetti, providing systems engineering consulting services for the "Office of the Future Project" which is now a reality. The firm is participating in numerous long-term research and development facets on how to design and embed MEP system within the 3D printing process which will shape the future of 3D printing technology.
3 years ago

Kuang-Chi to Launch $300-Million Global Fund and Incubator in Israel

Kuang-Chi, a Shenzhen-based technology conglomerate, is launching an international innovation fund based in Israel to invest in companies worldwide. The "Kuang-Chi GCI Fund & Incubator" will be the first Chinese fund of its kind, combining investment in early to mid-stage Israeli and global companies with incubation by Kuang-Chi. The newly established fund has an initial mandate of $50 million which is planned to grow to $300 million within the next three years.
3 years ago

Study on Supergrid Presents Scenarios and Technologies for a Renewable-Based Energy Supply: MENA, North Africa and Southern Europe

The percentage of renewables in the electricity supply is steadily growing worldwide. Using a combination of different renewable sources, an ecological and economical electricity mix can be realized across national borders. Decisive here is the reliable supply, storage and distribution of renewable electricity. In the Supergrid project, several Fraunhofer institutes joined together to research just how such an electricity and transmission grid between North Africa and Europe could function.
3 years ago

Dubai: An Urbanism Shaped for Global Tourism

In this research paper the author argue that Dubai has achieved this quest by constructing a series of what author call "places of people flows." This research mean by places of people flows, projects that have the capacity of triggering people flows to the city.
3 years ago

Advanced Solar Field Technologies Deployed at Israel’s Ashalim Solar Thermal Power Station

The 392 MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located in California’s Mojave Desert, is the world’s largest CSP tower project and is entering its third year of operation. The Ashalim project, which is now under construction, builds on the experience gained at Ivanpah. BrightSource’s technologies being deployed at Ashalim are designed to deliver performance improvements in all areas of solar field operations.
3 years ago

Foreign direct investment to GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) reached $416 billion in 2014

The General Manager of the Arab Investment & Export Credit Guarantee Corporation Fahad Rashed Al-Ibrahim said yesterday that foreign direct investments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) amounted to more than $416 billion for the year 2014.
3 years ago

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