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UAE preparing to launch KhalifaSat in Japan

The UAE’s commercial space industry will also be positively impacted by the launch of this satellite. The UAE’s first fully Emirati-built satellite has reached Japan’s island of Tanegashima for its upcoming liftoff to space on October 29. The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) posted a video of KhalifaSat’s journey to Tanegashima on Twitter on Friday, where the satellite can …

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Education in the Middle East and North Africa

ACHIEVEMENTS The Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) has taken great strides in education. It has quadrupled the average level of schooling since 1960, halved illiteracy since 1980 and achieved almost complete gender parity for primary education. Access: Enrolment in the region’s school systems has increased significantly over the past decade to the point where universal primary education has …

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Will Morocco’s Chinese-Funded ‘Tech City’ Ever Break Ground?

In the desert scrubland of Morocco’s Tangier region, a donkey laden with water bottles trots down a pebble lane chased by two small children. A farmer herds his cows in the near distance. Crickets leap in the dry grass. It’s within these gently undulating hills, just inland from the coast, that China plans to build an entire city that will …

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Lack of regulation may have hindered fintech development – MEVP CEO

The amount invested in fintech firms around the world in the first half of 2018 has surpassed the figure for the whole of 2017 Investments in financial technology (fintech) companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been lower than in other parts of the world due to the lack of a regulatory framework, meaning that few firms …

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UCL Qatar welcomes record number of new students for 2018/19 academic year

UCL Qatar has started its new academic year by welcoming one of the biggest MA student intakes since the London-based University set up its operations in Qatar in 2010 in partnership with Qatar Foundation. Forty-nine graduates from over 25 countries will now begin full or part-time studies on UCL Qatar’s renowned Library and Information Studies MA and Museum and Gallery …

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Dubai Future Foundation in collaboration with Haykal Media inaugurates the region’s first ever EmTech MENA

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Dubai Futures Foundation and Haykal media inaugurate the region’s first ever EmTech MENA 2018, a platform designed to address the future trends of technology in an evolving world. The inaugural ceremony was attended by HE Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State …

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53% of MENA executives have AI and Automation on their agenda

53% of senior executives based in the MENA region named artificial intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) as the most prominent technologies on their boardroom agenda. In consumer-facing sectors, automation is the leading technology focus in MENA, according to EY recent report. Moreover, the EY report ‘The power of intelligent automation: Making customer interaction smarter in the GCC’, identifies …

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Ooredoo signs MoU with Ministry of Education to connect hundreds of schools across Oman to Madrasati offering

Unlocking youth potential through the power of digitalisation Muscat, Oman – Unlocking youth potential through the power of digitalisation, Ooredoo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education to connect hundreds of schools across the country to its unique offering to the education sector (Madrasati), via its Super Fibre and LTE network. The partnership will help to …

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Blockchain-based tech to enrol bank customers extended to SMEs in Abu Dhabi

ADGM chief tells Fintech Abu Dhabi that e-KYC, private financing and trade finance platforms should ease access to funding The chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) has said that it intends to extend the electronic know-your-customer (e-KYC) technology developed to help banks onboard retail customers earlier this year to incorporate SME customers. Speaking at the Fintech Abu Dhabi event …

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OneGram lists Islamic cryptocurrency on its own virtual exchange

The company claims that its cryptocurrency adheres to sharia directives Dubai-based OneGram Group has listed a cryptocurrency it bills as sharia-compliant on the company’s virtual exchange and is planning additional listings in coming months, its chief executive said on Tuesday. The company claims that its cryptocurrency adheres to sharia directives as each OneGram unit is backed by physical gold stored …

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