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Artificial Intelligence

News, insight and analysis of the developing AI industry in the Middle East, covering artificial intelligence companies and projects in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the entire region.

Nvidia president and CEO Jensen Huang at a media briefing in Taipei

Nvidia stocks are all the rage in UAE as trading surges 50%

Retail investors in the UAE have significantly ramped up their holdings in Nvidia. Trading activity in the emirates for the semiconductor leader’s stock jumped 50 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to data from a global trading and investment platform. Once known primarily for graphics processing units used in gaming, cryptocurrency mining […]

Workers at a semiconductor factory. Saudi Arabia wants global semiconductor design companies to set up in the kingdom

Saudi Arabia campaign aims to attract chipmakers

Saudi Arabia has launched a National Semiconductor Hub in a bid to attract international chipmakers. The kingdom is targeting at least 50 semiconductor design companies to set up business by 2030, aiming to cut its reliance on imported computer chips. The global semiconductor industry, once plagued by shortages, is now showing signs of recovery and […]

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China’s OpenAI rival backed by Saudi fund

Saudi Aramco’s venture capital fund Prosperity7 has joined a $400 million investment round for Chinese generative AI startup Zhipu AI. Prosperity7 is a minority investor in Zhipu, which is valued at nearly $3 billion, the Financial Times reported on Friday. This marks the first instance of foreign investment in China’s quest to establish a homegrown […]

Elon Musk launched xAI last year. It will use the new funding to bring products to market and research technologies

Prince Alwaleed part of Elon Musk’s $6bn AI funding round

Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence startup xAI has secured $6 billion in a series B funding round led by investors including Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and his investment firm Kingdom Holding Company. The round, which also included investments from Dubai-based Vy Capital and US companies Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital, will assist the commercial […]

The new East Africa cloud service will give customers access to secure, high-speed cloud and AI services across the region

G42 and Microsoft to invest $1bn in Kenya data centre

Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence (AI) company G42 has partnered with US tech giant Microsoft to invest $1 billion in a green data centre in Kenya. The data centre, which will be built by G42 and its partners, will provide access to Azure – a computing platform developed by Microsoft – through a new East Africa cloud region. […]

Bruno Le Maire and Khaldoon Al Mubarak signed a France-UAE agreement on AI this week

UAE and France agree joint investments in AI

France and the UAE are to increase their collaboration in artificial intelligence, including joint investments, as they seek to become leaders in the AI sector. The French economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, signed a strategic agreement with Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chief executive of the UAE investment fund Mubadala and a member of the Abu Dhabi […]

Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) director Dr Esam bin Abdullah Al-Wagait

IBM to help Saudi Arabia train AI models in Arabic

Saudi Arabia has signed a deal with US tech giant IBM to develop the kingdom’s generative artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) said on Tuesday that its Arabic language AI model, ALLaM, will be trained on IBM’s platform to run more efficiently. This will also add new language skills […]

Visitors to the Edge of the World, a natural landmark and popular tourist destination near Riyadh. Interacting with local people is important, says the tourism minister

Pressure on Saudi tourism exposes mixed feelings about AI

Saudi Arabia is trying to limit the use of artificial intelligence technology in its expanding tourism industry in an effort to boost job numbers, despite strides being made elsewhere in the sector to make the kingdom a leader in digitalisation.  Speaking at an economic forum in Doha last week, tourism minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb expressed concerns […]

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the pledge ' sets a precedent for global standards on AI safety'

UAE joins AI safety pledge at UK-South Korea summit

Two artificial intelligence companies from the UAE have signed up to a new AI safety pledge and have committed to safe development of the technology. Abu Dhabi’s Technology Innovation Institute and G42 are among 16 names on the safety pledge that also includes Amazon, Google, IBM, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI and Samsung. The announcement was made […]

Bayanat says its AID data platform provided information to authorities during April's flooding in Dubai

Bayanat increases funding for climate disaster R&D

Geospatial services provider Bayanat has increased its investment into climate disaster research and development following a strong profit rise in the first quarter of 2024. Abu Dhabi-based Bayanat said gross profit for the first quarter reached AED32 million ($8.7 million), representing a gross margin of 28 percent. Revenues were 12 percent up year on year […]

Workers at a semiconductor plant in the Netherlands. Qatar's investment in France's Ardian comes as global demand for semiconductor chips is surging

QIA invests in French semiconductor fund Ardian

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the country’s sovereign wealth fund, has announced plans to make an anchor investment in Ardian Semiconductor, a new entity established by the French private equity firm Ardian.  The move underscores the Gulf state’s bet on the crucial role of semiconductors in powering digital and green transformations in key areas such as […]

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Saudi Arabia willing to drop China for US tech alliance

Saudi Arabia will sever technology ties with China if the United States compels it to, the chief executive officer of Alat, an investment company backed by $100 billion in capital from the Public Investment Fund, has revealed. According to Bloomberg US officials have told their Saudi Arabian counterparts that they will have to decide between […]

Aramco rigs in the Hasbah oil field. It uses AI for oil exploration and underwater operations

Aramco leads the pack in oil and gas AI investments

Saudi Aramco invested around $3.5 billion in research and development last year and leads in adopting artificial intelligence, as it rivals its regional peers in the adoption of new technology. The world’s largest energy company was active in more than 250 areas, such as AI, drones, robotics, electric vehicles and hydrogen technology, a GlobalData report […]

UAE minister of industry and advanced technology and Adnoc group CEO Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (top centre) will become chairman of AIQ

Presight takes majority stake in Adnoc-G42 AI venture

The data analytics company Presight is acquiring a majority stake in AIQ, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and G42. Under the agreement, Presight, an Abu Dhabi-listed company, will own 51 percent of AIQ, with Adnoc keeping the remaining 49 percent, a statement released on Wednesday said.  Previously, G42 held 40 […]

Dubai's appointment of chief AI officers is part of a broader push to adopt the technology

Dubai to appoint AI officers across all government entities

Dubai has ordered that all government entities must appoint a chief artificial intelligence officer, as part of a new drive to embrace the new technology. The Dubai Universal Blueprint for Artificial Intelligence was launched on Monday and as part of the initiative the new government AI officers will be tasked with leading specialised AI projects […]

The uncrewed Cygnus space freighter, from which were launched two satellites built by students from Abu Dhabi's Khalifa University

Shareholders to vote on merger to create UAE space giant

Shareholders of two Abu Dhabi technology companies will vote on Thursday on a proposed merger to create a $4 billion space organisation.  Bayanat AI and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, better known as Yahsat, will hold their general assembly meetings simultaneously. The proposed merger will create Space42, an AI-powered space technology champion for the Middle […]

The total value of projects under construction in Masdar City is estimated at AED1 billion

Masdar City has up to $1bn of projects at design phase

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s sustainability-focused urban community, is working on projects in critical sectors of the UAE, backed by investments of between AED3 and AED4 billion ($817 million and $1 billion). The projects include energy, artificial intelligence (AI), space, life sciences and agriculture, the UAE state-run Wam news agency reported, quoting CEO Ahmed Baghoum. He […]

Microsoft president Brad Smith and G42 CEO Peng Xiao (right) sign the $1.5bn investment deal in the presence of G42 chairman Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Microsoft invests in UAE’s AI leader G42 

The US tech giant Microsoft will invest $1.5 billion in the Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence (AI) company G42 to help accelerate its global expansion strategy. As part of the deal G42 will run its AI applications and services on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Brad Smith, vice-chair and president of Microsoft, will join the G42 […]

Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja. Her film 'Three' is currently being shown in UAE theatres in Mandarin using's AI translation programme

Dubai startup helps AI-voice cloning take centre stage

A YouTube video released in January of Novak Djokovic shows the tennis star speaking fluent Spanish at a post-match press conference.  While the Serbian champion is renowned for speaking several languages, in this case his voice was created by an artificial intelligence tool developed by a Dubai-based startup, The original Djokovic footage was taken […]

The operations centre at Saudi Aramco's Dhahran HQ. A 2012 cyberattack on the company wiped out data on 30,000 computers

Saudi Arabia steps up battle against AI cyberattacks

Twelve years after hackers brought oil production at Saudi Aramco to a halt for more than a week, Saudi Arabia is still susceptible to cyberattacks, a study had found. A survey of 8,000 private sector companies in 30 countries by Cisco AI Readiness Index revealed that the number and impact of attacks was rising and […]