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July 28, 2021

RTA activates nol solutions for Dubai South

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has collaborated with Dubai South Logistics District on the automated launch of nol cards solutions in the district. The initiative is a key step towards boosting the strategic partnerships between RTA and national entities and providing high-level individual and corporate services.

RTA reiterated its firm commitment to keep pace with the prevailing technology trends worldwide. Such a drive will contribute to realising the vision of the Government to rank Dubai amongst the smartest and happiest cities in the world. It will raise the profile of Dubai in embracing the latest technologies that play a key role in achieving this goal [...]

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July 28, 2021

Dubai Free Zones Council Explores Business Accelerator Initiatives and Startups Support

The Dubai Free Zones Council (DFZ Council) held its 18th meeting, headed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Free Zones Council, to discuss strategic initiatives that support Dubai-based startups and SMEs, in coordination with business accelerators, to boost Dubai’s status as a preferred destination for foreign direct investment and innovation.

Referencing their registered AED135 billion in foreign trade in Q1 2021, approximately 38 percent of Dubai’s total foreign trade, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed lauded the role of Dubai’s free zones in creating a refreshing trade corridor with global markets and attracting foreign direct investments [...]

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July 28, 2021

DEWA adds new digital and innovative services on Apple Watch

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has provided new services and benefits on its smart app through Apple Watch to enhance smart adoption and make Dubai the best place to work and live. These include utility bill details and tariff slabs, accessing the Smart Living dashboard, as well as daily, weekly, and monthly consumption reports with comparison to similar homes, through the My Sustainable Living Programme. Customers can view their customised plan to reduce waste and consumption.Through Apple Watch, customers can now activate the ‘Away Mode’ service to get notifications of unusual consumption when travelling or away from home. Customers can learn about the latest news, [...]

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July 26, 2021

LegalTech Start-up “Clara” Opens in Dubai Following Investment from DIFC FinTech Fund

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, announced that it has invested in UK-based legaltech start-up, Clara.

Clara’s innovative platform digitises and automates many of the legal tasks founders need to perform, including setting up companies in different jurisdictions.

The investment reflects the DIFC’s commitment to driving the automation and digitisation of legal services. The investment is by the DIFC FinTech Fund, a USD 100 million fund announced in 2017 to help establish, grow and upscale start-up and growth stage companies seeking access to MEASA [...]

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July 25, 2021

Mohammed bin Rashid issues Decree forming Emirati Human Resources Development Council in Dubai

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued Decree No. (27) of 2021 forming the ‘Emirati Human Resources Development Council in Dubai’. The Council, which includes representatives from the public and private sector, will oversee the implementation of policies, plans and initiatives aimed at enhancing the employment of Emiratis in the private sector.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, also issued Executive Council Resolution No. (21) of 2021 appointing the Chairman and Members of the [...]

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July 24, 2021

RTA uses artificial intelligence, high-tech to improve bus services

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), revealed that RTA’s precautionary measures and initiatives applied to the scheduling and the operation of public buses, marine transit means and taxis had accelerated the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. He stated that such measures contributed to restoring the growth of public transport ridership to 70% of the pre-Covid-19 levels. They also contributed to reducing the number of kilometres travelled by 18%, improving bus on-time arrival by 6%, and cutting carbon emissions by 34 metric tons.

Advanced Algorithms

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July 23, 2021

DEWA’s R&D Centre collaborates with Stanford University to develop advanced system for PV production

Using its Space-D programme, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has collaborated with Stanford University to develop an advanced system to forecast PV panel production in the short term at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. It will have a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030.

The new system reduces errors in the forecast to less than 10%. This supports DEWA’s efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. The system uses modern technologies such as [...]

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July 21, 2021

Tickets to world’s most inclusive gathering now on sale with chance to win place at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Opening Ceremony

Tickets to Expo 2020 Dubai are now on sale, and among the plethora of reasons to book a season pass for the world’s biggest cultural gathering is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the historic, invite-only Opening Ceremony.

All UAE residents ages 18 and above who purchase an Expo 2020 Season Pass or Family Package before 14 August will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a prized place for themselves and a guest at the star-studded Opening Ceremony on 30 September 2021, with headline acts to be revealed soon. Fifty lucky winners will be announced first week of September via Expo 2020’s social-media channels, followed by a personal invitation to attend [...]

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