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The maps of Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been updated using high-resolution images captured by KhalifaSat, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced on Tuesday.

The UAE’s first high-resolution satellite imaging system called ‘Mosaic’ pieced together individual digital images to create a single high-resolution picture of the UAE terrain.

According to MBRSC, Mosaic provides a comprehensive view of the UAE’s topography, using remote sensing systems, image processing, geographic information systems, and artificial intelligence.

The system is part of the MBRSC’s efforts to support federal and local government entities, research and academic institutions as well as the private sector in understanding the geography, topography, and environmental impacts of large areas in the UAE more accurately.

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Dubai has established a strong startup ecosystem that attracted leading international brands to invest in the emirate’s technology sector, an industry veteran said.

In an exclusive interview with Gulf Today,

Ali Homadi, founder and CEO of Loyica, said Dubai has emerged as a strong hub for technology sector by attracting top brands into the emirate.

Referring to multimillion dollar acquisitions of Souq.com by the US giant Amazon and Careem by Uber, he said Dubai has potential to create more unicorn firms in coming years.

“Loyica has potential to become first unicorn of the UAE in technology sector as it received tremendous response on the country’s first locally-developed CRM software Saphyte during its soft launch in the last quarter of 2019,” Homadi said.

The UAE’s first locally-developed customer relationship management (CRM) attracted some of the leading businesses in the region and now looks set to disrupt the global CRM market through its commercial launch in second half of 2020.

“Saphyte is the first locally-developed CRM in the UAE that is globally competitive cost- and performance-wise. It has the potential to be the next unicorn tech company,” Homadi said.

Established in late 2016, Loyica is a Dubai-based company which develops top-of-the-line technology solutions to help small businesses and startups by providing end-to-end digital solutions of their corporate problems. It also offers centralised tech systems to fintech and martech industries.

“Saphyte’s basic features are easy to use. Saphyte’s lead and client management tools let users gather relevant information about their leads. With the system’s campaign management and email marketing features, businesses are guaranteed to have increased chances of sales conversion,” Homadi said.

He said CRM is a game-changing concept in today’s competitive and tech-driven corporate world as no business can thrive without an advanced CRM software such as Saphyte. He said Saphyte is competitive to other softwares marketed by Western and US companies such as Salesforce, Zoho, Hubspot, Pipedrive and Microsoft, among others.

 

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Technology is enabling new Ramadan traditions beyond breaking the fast with friends and family on Zoom, with many UAE organisations offering programmes to deepen religious knowledge and faith during an unprecedented time.

Some 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide are observing the holy month amid strict social distancing restrictions to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.

Almir Smajlovic, a volunteer khateeb, the reader of the sermon, and a speaker on religious issues in Dubai, said Muslims around the world turn to learning about their faith during Ramadan.

He said technology has enabled people to continue their journey of learning about their faith, even as the coronavirus pandemic has meant in-person lectures or prayers are not possible this month.

“There are so many reminders for people through webinars, lectures or online sessions. There are things geared towards people of all ages,” said Mr Smajlovic

During these testing times, the tradition of reflection and knowledge sharing continues, thanks to digital and emerging technologies

Saeed Al Gergawi, Dubai Future Academy

He advised people to research, listen to question and answer sessions, and increase their knowledge.

Dubai Future Academy, an initiative of the Dubai Future Foundation, has moved online for its Ramadan Pioneer Series, now in its third year, under the title ‘Life after the coronavirus (Covid-19)’. The interactive series is convening futurists and experts to test and share their ideas on how to tackle the pandemic, while allowing the public to interact with pioneers in the UAE and globally.

“During these testing times, the tradition of reflection and knowledge sharing continues, thanks to digital and emerging technologies – a powerful reminder of just how connected we are to one another,” Saeed Al Gergawi, head of Dubai Future Academy, said.

Speakers range from ministers and academics including Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, chief executive of Alliances for Global Sustainability, Sara Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, and Dr Shaikha Al Dhaheri, secretary general at the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi.

 

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Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) recently hosted a fireside chat with Teresa Carlson, the vice president Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and one of the most accomplished forwarding-thinking technology leaders in the world.

As the founder and leader of AWS Worldwide Public Sector, Carlson has helped change mindsets of both individuals and organizations around the world modernize policies at all levels of government and cultivate a 21st century global workforce equipped with the skillset necessary to leverage the full potential of cloud to drive innovation.

During the discussion, Carlson talked about how tens of thousands of government agencies, education institutions, and nonprofit organizations around the world are using AWS today to pave the way for disruptive innovation and to make the world a better place.

She underscored AWS’s committed to the Middle East and its continued investment to support the region’s digital transformation across governments, enterprises, and startups. She also commended the UAE’s efforts, particularly in the public sector, in fostering entrepreneurship and driving a culture of innovation.

Carlson noted that while the rapid pace of innovation creates expansive economic development opportunities, the shortage of the right skills put governments and businesses at risk to succeed over the long-term in the new digital economy.

She highlighted that as the Middle East looks to become digitized, governments, private enterprises, and educational and nonprofit organizations all have a role to play in bridging the skills gap in order to reap the benefits of technology. For that reason, AWS is making significant investments in education, training, and certification programs to help advance technical skills in the Middle East.

As a strong advocate for empowering women in the technology field, Carlson also outlined her belief that gender inclusion and diversity are key to driving innovation. Her passion lead to the creation of “We Power Tech,” AWS’s diversity and inclusion initiative, which has been extended to the region, providing events and free training courses to support technology skills development for women in the Middle East.

Nadine Halabi, business development manager at DBWC, said: “DBWC is thrilled to host AWS and Teresa Carlson as part of our continued commitment to providing quality training, mentoring and guidance to the council’s members.”

“Hosting such high-quality seminars with the presence of influential and successful figures in the business world is important to inspire and guide businesswomen and female entrepreneurs in the UAE.

 

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The use of new technologies has largely contributed to enhancing Abu Dhabi’s security and hence the city has been ranked the safest in the world, an official with the Abu Dhabi Police has said.

Captain Ali Hassan Al Madfaei, division manager, Abu Dhabi Police Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) administration, said year on year, Abu Dhabi security has been boosted by the introduction of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cameras, sensors, drones and smart traffic systems to detect and control crimes and to improve safety on the roads.

Last month, Abu Dhabi was named the safest city in the world for the fourth year in a row. Abu Dhabi was ranked first in the list brought out by crowd-sourced global data website Numbeo. It topped the list ahead of 376 cities from around the world.

“From road systems developed to monitor traffic to systems that combat cybercrimes – these technological initiatives have made Abu Dhabi the safest city in the world,” Al Madfaei told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) Innovation and Police Technology Summit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

“The Abu Dhabi Police have introduced cutting edge technologies and the latest development in robotics and AI in all areas of operations. The force uses monitoring and control devices in public and private facilities to prevent crime and maintain public security in the emirate.”

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