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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 […]

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 […]

People, Person, Adult Formula One F1 - Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - March 9, 2024 Chairman of Aramco's Board of Directors HE Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan is pictured on the grid before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Saudi Arabia to create $40bn AI fund

Saudi Arabia plans to create a $40 billion fund to invest in artificial intelligence, The New York Times reported on March 19, citing three sources briefed on the plans. Officials of the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund – the Public Investment Fund – have discussed a potential partnership with US venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and […]

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Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser (centre back) at the signing ceremony for the quantum computer deal with Pasqal

Aramco to use Saudi Arabia’s first quantum computer

Saudi Arabia plans to deploy its first quantum computer, after an agreement between the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and the French computing company Pasqal.  Pasqal will install, maintain and operate a 200-qubit quantum computer, due for deployment in the latter half of 2025, Aramco said in a statement. Quantum computers use the principles of […]

The funds stolen from cryptocurrency exchange Rain were converted into Bitcoin and Ethereum to disguise their origin

Crypto exchange Rain suffers $15m hack

Rain, a cryptocurrency exchange regulated in both the UAE and Bahrain, has confirmed a serious hack resulting in losses reportedly nearing $15 million.  The exchange said in a statement on its website on Tuesday that customer funds remain secure despite the incident.  The security breach occurred on April 29 and was first detected by blockchain […]

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 […]

Flooding in Dubai. Sadeem co-founder Mustafa Mousa is aiminig to 'change the way the cities handle their flood management'

Flood warning startup Sadeem to seek more funding

Tech startup Sadeem, which provides patented flood-warning systems to cities worldwide, will raise further funding this year, its co-founder told AGBI. The Gulf is among the driest inhabited regions worldwide, with on average less than 130 mm of rainfall annually, academic research shows. Yet when rainfall does occur it is often torrential and sustained, and […]

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Unicorn SWVL survives share slump to turn a profit

Scaling back operations, chasing profitability over investor funding and divesting from acquisitions has resulted in the Middle East’s first unicorn finally turning profitable.  Egypt-born ride hailing app SWVL has survived a turbulent time during which the Nasdaq-listed startup faced the possibility of being delisted.  SWVL was valued at $1.5 billion when it went public in […]

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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 […]

Watching the launch of the Hope Mars probe at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. The centre's assistant director says private sector involvement is essential

Private sector ‘always better’ says UAE space industry head

The UAE is working to lure greater private sector participation in its space industry, according to an official from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.  “We are putting a lot of effort towards including the private sector in our projects,” Mohammad Al Ghafri, assistant director general of the aerospace engineering sector at MBRSC, said this […]

Binance CEO Richard Teng told AGBI the company spent $213m on compliance measures in 2023

Binance clamps down on suspicious UAE crypto trades

Binance has blocked hundreds of thousands of suspicious cryptocurrency transactions in the UAE as it ramps up compliance efforts, senior executives have told AGBI. The business, which is the world’s largest crypto exchange, received nearly 60,000 law enforcement requests from governments around the world in 2023 after heightened regulatory scrutiny. Meera Judge, the Dubai-based director […]

A constant consumer shift towards e-payments and an increase in consumer spending are behind the growth in card payments in the UAE

Card payments market in UAE to be worth $139bn in 2024

Card payment transactions in the UAE are expected to grow 13 percent to AED511 billion ($139 billion) this year, thanks to a constant consumer shift towards e-payments and an increase in consumer spending. The London-based analytics company GlobalData has forecast that the UAE card payments market will increase at a compound annual growth rate of […]

Rasan, a fintech company, owns Tameeni, the first and largest insurance aggregator in Saudi Arabia by gross written premiums

Saudi fintech Rasan to sell 30% stake in IPO

Saudi Arabia’s Rasan will be the first fintech to sell a 30 percent stake in an initial public offering (IPO) on the local stock exchange. The company will sell 22.7 million shares in the flotation, which includes 5.3 million new shares.  Book building for institutional investors will start on May 12 to 16, while bids […]

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 […]

Abu Dhabi's Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Mubadala Investment Company and Kelix Bio announce plans to collaborate on R&D into biopharmaceutical technologies

UAE considers R&D tax incentives to help SMEs

The UAE is considering plans for a research and development tax incentive scheme to boost its ambitions to become a regional centre for homegrown innovation. The Ministry of Finance said it has launched an official consultation on the possible implementation of the tax incentive under the UAE corporate tax law.  The consultation will be open […]

Ooredoo added two million customers in Q1 2024, up four percent year on year, bringing its total customer base to 58.5 million

Qatar’s Ooredoo profit falls despite 4% rise in revenue

Qatari telecoms group Ooredoo reported a 5 percent year-on-year decline in net profit to QAR913 million ($250.7 million) in the first quarter of 2024  The topline rose 4 percent to nearly QAR6 billion during the three-month period, compared to QAR5.6 billion a year ago, driven by gains in Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Maldives and Tunisia. However, revenue […]

Teenage students use a laptop and tablet. One cybersecurity expert said pupils' personal devices could increase the risk of data breaches

Cybercrooks have their eyes on Gulf schools, experts warn

The education sector in the GCC has emerged as a prime target for cybercriminals because of budgetary constraints and a lack of expertise, tech experts have told AGBI. “Schools, in particular, are vulnerable due to their extensive storage of sensitive personal information and comparatively lower investments in cybersecurity,” said Ram Narayanan, country manager at Check […]

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi meets with Tiit Riisalo, Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Information Technology

UAE-Estonia trade grows around tech collaboration

The digital economy is expected to be at the forefront of trade between the UAE and Estonia as the former Soviet state positions itself to become a European centre for deep tech projects. Officials from both countries met on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, with artificial intelligence and health tech highlighted as areas for greater collaboration. […]

The National Stock Exchange in Mumbai, India. Bahrain's Investcorp is investing in technology and IT services companies worldwide

Investcorp buys Indian tech company for $120m  

Bahrain’s alternative asset manager, Investcorp, is to acquire the digital technology business of India’s National Stock Exchange (NSE) for $120 million. NSEIT provides advanced digital transformation and cybersecurity services to global customers in capital markets, insurance and banking in India, North America and the Middle East. The services include digital engineering, data and analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud services […]

A Getir delivery driver in the Netherlands, one of the Turkish company's last remaining European markets

Turkey’s Getir exits Europe and US to focus on home market

Turkish grocery delivery startup Getir has announced that it is leaving the European and US markets to focus on Turkey. Getir had already exited the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese markets in 2023, and will now cease operations in the UK, the US, Germany and the Netherlands. These account for 7 percent of its revenue. […]

Traffic on Fourth Street, Abu Dhabi. The Yahsat and Bayanat merger could help bring self-driving cars to the emirate

UAE merger creates world’s most valuable listed space company

The world’s most valuable publicly listed space company has been created after shareholders of analytics provider Bayanat and “satellite solutions” company Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) agreed to a merger. The deal will help to further Abu Dhabi’s ambitions to be at the centre of the drive towards autonomous vehicles. The newly created Space42 […]

A young Cristiano Ronaldo fan pictured at an Al Nassr Saudi Pro League match. The star has approximately 849 million social media followers

Binance to launch new Ronaldo NFTs ‘soon’ amid legal case

Cristiano Ronaldo and the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance are to launch a fourth set of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) “soon”, as the footballer faces a $1 billion lawsuit for promoting the company. The Al Nassr and Portugal forward signed a deal with Binance in 2022 to create NFTs – digital collectibles – using his “CR7” […]