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November 21, 2019

Dubai Future Council for Blockchain Launches Dubai Blockchain Policy at 9th Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona

The Dubai Future Council for Blockchain, chaired by Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, launched the Dubai Blockchain Policy at the 9th Smart City Expo World Congress, held in Barcelona on November 19-21, 2019.

The Council was formed by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and held its inaugural meeting on April 2, 2019. It is part of the Dubai Future Councils initiative, launched at the beginning of 2019 by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, and Chairman of DFF’s Board of Trustees, to find innovative solutions for strategic sectors and forecast their future over the next 50 years. [...]

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October 31, 2019

Leadership’s support has helped Emirati women excel in STEM fields

Emirati women have been able to make significant achievements across various fields, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) domains, thanks to the support and encouragement of the leadership and the equal opportunities provided to them, said Her Excellency Sara Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences.

During a panel discussion moderated by Tom Fletcher, former UK Ambassador to Lebanon and Visiting Professor at New York University, HE Al Amiri discussed the significant progress made by the UAE in the field of gender balance and its ability to become a model for women’s empowerment across the region and the world, especially in the [...]

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October 20, 2019

Smart Dubai Wins 3 Awards at the 2019 Stevie Awards, Including a Gold for ‘Smart Employee’

Smart Dubai, the Government entity tasked with leading Dubai’s smart transformation, has won three awards at the Stevie Awards 2019 – one Gold, one Silver, and one Bronze. The Award Gala took place on October 19, 2019, in Vienna, Austria.

The Gold Stevie was awarded to Smart Dubai’s Smart Employee application in the Human Capital Management Solution category. In addition, Smart Dubai won Silver in the Business Intelligence Solution category for its Business Intelligence for HRMS service, and a Bronze in the Financial Services category for its Asset Tracking System (ATS) .

“We are honoured to have played our part not only in putting Dubai on the global map [...]

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October 10, 2019

DEWA demonstrates 34 innovative projects & smart initiatives at GITEX 2019

Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) is showcasing 34 innovative projects and smart initiatives during its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2019, with 24 of these initiatives being demonstrated for the first time.  DEWA invited the public to visit its stand (S2-D1) in Sheikh Saeed Hall in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as its stand within the pavilion of Smart Dubai Government. Visitors can learn about DEWA’s major projects, initiatives, and services, based on AI that will enhance the experience of customers, partners, and employees. DEWA conducts daily raffle draws with valuable prizes for visitors until 10 October [...]

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October 8, 2019

New Report Finds Staggering Increase in Business Email Compromise (BEC) Attacks

Mimecast, a leading email and data security company, announced the availability of its latest Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA). The quarterly assessment is an aggregated report of tests that measure the efficacy of widely used email security systems.[1] This quarter’s ESRA report found a significant increase in Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks, emails containing dangerous file types, malware attachments and spam being delivered to users’ inboxes from incumbent email security systems.


BEC attacks, also referred to as email-based impersonation fraud, is an issue that is not going [...]

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October 8, 2019

IT spending in UAE forecast to exceed AED 23 billion by 2019-end

IT spending in the UAE is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% to reach AED 23.1 billion by the end of 2019, new analysis from Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has revealed.

The analysis, based on recent data from Fitch Solutions, was released on the sidelines of GITEX Technology Week 2019. The data showed IT spending in the UAE increasing at a CAGR of 2.3% between 2014 and 2018, with this value forecast to grow by 7.2% annually over the next five years.

Key findings and growth drivers

Digitisation of the UAE economy, growing adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and Expo 2020 Dubai were identified as [...]

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October 5, 2019

Focus Softnet to Showcase AI Solutions Delivering Analytics, Automation, Voice Recognition at GITEX 2019

Focus Softnet, the leading software development and enterprise applications provider, today announced its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2019, which will be held at the Dubai International Convention Center from October 06-10, 2019. The company plans to launch its newly developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) integrated enterprise software solutions in addition to showcasing its complete cloud product portfolio, including its flagship product – Focus 9 powered by Pronghorn server, which is feature-rich and uses in-memory computing for fast transactions.

Adopting AI platforms is a key emphasis across the GCC region, which is looking at switching from a [...]

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October 4, 2019

Synology to Highlight its Latest Storage and Data Management Innovations, and Smart Surveillance Solutions at GITEX 2019

Synology® Inc. announced its participation at GITEX Technology Week 2019, which will be held from October 6 – 10, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Center. Synology will be showcasing its latest product innovations and solutions across three stations, which include storage foundation and digital workplace, smart surveillance solutions, and multimedia and networking for home.

“Synology is happy to announce our participation in GITEX Technology Week 2019 once again this year. It is a perfect platform for us to showcase our best-in-class innovations in Network Attached Storage (NAS), enterprise data protection, file sharing, and file syncing solutions as well as smart [...]

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