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Three important future trends to look out for in 2021

Countries need to tackle vulnerabilities in their economies, embrace innovation and move towards a more digital future

Cloud-kitchen and store-front operator Kitch launches in Saudi and UAE

Kitch launches with privately raised capital of $15m

Dubai’s DIFC and Mastercard partner to bolster cybersecurity for financial firms

Half of global businesses are not prepared to deal with cyberattacks: study

Saudi tech startup Foodics raises $20m in Series B funding

The funding will enable the startup to grow its share in existing markets, ramp up international expansion, as well as expand its fintech offering

Half of all Saudi, UAE gamers spent more time playing during lockdowns: study

Pandemic-accelerated gaming to continue post Covid-19 lockdowns in UAE and Saudi

Khazna to increase data centre capacity five-fold in UAE by 2023

Announced expansion plan will increase capacity to 200 megawatts of IT load capacity

Dubai Vaccines Logistics Alliance

Dubai launches logistics alliance to distribute 2 billion Covid-19 vaccine shots in 2021

Members of the alliance include Emirates airline, DP World, Dubai Airports, and the International Humanitarian City, which will partner on the World Health Organisation’s COVAX initiative

Hub71 announces new academic partnerships to grow digital talent in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Decoded expert series returns on February 10 with stellar lineup

UAE business setup consultants Virtuzone to accept Bitcoin payments

Crypto payments to make setup services more accessible, affordable and convenient

Vertical farming’s success depends on the cheapest lightbulb

Agriculture and forestry account for about a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gases, while the hunt for new farming land to feed a growing global population has exacerbated deforestation

How to redefine innovation for the upcoming virtual era

Innovation is never easy but it is always essential

SAP trains hundreds of Egyptian youths in digital skills

SAP supports government-led Digital Egypt vision to train 100,000 youth in digital skills

Twitch: 4.4 million GCC gaming fans watched Arabic channels in 2020

Number of streams in Arabic increased by 221% from February to May peak

UAE businesses keen to embrace hybrid cloud: report

Only 15 per cent of UAE businesses use legacy data centre-only environments

Mastercard preps contactless technology for quantum era

Ecos specification will ensure that contactless technology is future-proofed

Why most AI projects fail

AI can be a game-changer but should be approached with caution

Gregor Amon, co-founder of Hotel Data Cloud

The SME Story: Gregor Amon, Co-founder of Hotel Data Cloud

The Hotel Data Cloud platform ensures that hotels’ information and pictures are updated across all travel websites, travel agent databases and points of sale

Saudi Arabia Riyadh

Saudi Arabia attracts record $152m in startup funding in 2020

Saudi startup ecosystem was the fastest growing in MENA, Magnitt report shows

Help AG appoints new country director for Saudi Arabia

Help AG’s new cybersecurity operations centre to launch in Riyadh in 2021

Infor appoints new head of Middle East and Africa region

Amel Gardner will be responsible for overall business and customer growth in the region

Dubai cybersecurity firm spiderSilk closes $2.25m funding round

Proceeds will be used to expand the firm’s geographic footprint across the MENA region

Cover story: How regional companies can get digital transformation right

Digital transformation has now become ubiquitous – not just for IT teams, but for executives across all organisations

Electric cars get first battery that can charge in 5 minutes

The lithium-ion samples were produced by StoreDot’s strategic partner in China

Kaspersky targets connected car makers with new cybersecurity tool

Increase in connected cars sees rise in automotive-related attacks

Digital Economy: UAE consumers to pivot away from cash – report

Young and digitally savvy populations across the Middle East and Africa region are key to long-term growth outlook

Cysiv expands SOC-as-a-service operations to Middle East and Africa

Cysiv acquired and re-branded Cairo-based SOC services firm SecureMisr in 2020

UAE-based P2P app Ziina joins Y-Combinator accelerator programme

Ziina also announces new seed funding from US and MENA venture capital funds

Energy firm Engie partners with Abu Dhabi on tech-driven sustainability project

Blue Carbon project seeks to rehabilitate Abu Dhabi’s mangrove habitats using drones

Ecommerce

UAE is 13th best country in the world to launch an online business: study

UAE ranked best for mobile internet speed, internet penetration and corporate tax

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed launches DEWA’s space programme and Hatta tourism projects

The Space-D programme will include the launch a main satellite with the latest imaging and communication technologies