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First phase of Smart Dubai plan successfully completed

The Board of Directors of Smart Dubai Office (SDO) has held its tenth meeting, presided over by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board. Al Tayer congratulated board members on the successful completion of the first phase of the Smart Dubai Plan. This proved that all the concerned parties were determined to mobilise […]


Booz Allen Hamilton strengthens Middle East management team

• The company elects Fady Kassatly to Senior Vice President, co-leading Booz Allen Hamilton MENA’s public sector innovation platform and overseeing its digital government platform • The company elects Souheil Moukaddem to Senior Vice President, leading strategy and organisation in MENA with a focus in human capital, leadership, and large transformation programmes Global consulting and […]


Pulse Secure improves IT security at UAE’s Tourism Development and Investment Company

A secure access solutions business has boosted the efficiency of IT operations at an UAE tourist company. Pulse Secure has improved the security of IT operations at the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), based in Abu Dhabi. TDIC was created in 2006 as the dedicated tourism asset management and development arm of the Abu […]


Raytheon and Saudi Arabia Military Industries sign MoU for cyber security

In a ceremony witnessed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and US President Donald Trump, Raytheon and the Saudi Arabia Military Industries Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on defense-related projects and technology development. The agreement will enable continued global growth for Raytheon in key […]


‘Robocop’ patrolling the streets of Dubai

Dubai Police has welcomed a new member on to its force. He doesn’t need a visa, medical insurance or hours of training, and he is ready to engage with Dubai’s residents and millions of tourists across the city’s streets. The world’s first operational robot policeman has officially joined the line of duty. He has already […]


BlackBerry expands AtHoc Cloud Service to enable personnel accountability

BlackBerry Limited is expanding the capability of its industry-leading crisis communication software to enable government agencies and large enterprises to account for their people in real-time. AtHoc Account automates personnel accountability and crisis communication processes by providing safety and availability status updates of people before, during and after an event – ultimately providing the information […]


eHosting Datafort opens New Cyber Defense Centre in Dubai

eHosting DataFort (eHDF), the region’s leading Managed Hosting and Cloud infrastructure services provider, has launched its Cyber Defense Centre (CDC) in Dubai Internet City. The CDC comes at a crucial time when organisations in the Middle East are faced with advanced and persistent security threats. “eHDF’s CDC deploys advanced security intelligence and automation tools to […]


PACI modernizes security and integrated application delivery infrastructure in Kuwait

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has revealed how it is improving services for Kuwaiti citizens using highly secure and application-centric infrastructure. PACI, which issues civil identity cards and delivers a range of e-government services including Public Key Infrastructure and Geographic Information Systems, has teamed up with global security and application delivery experts F5 […]


Avanza Solutions powers operations at Emirates Transport Driving Institute

Emirates Transport Driving Institute has partnered with Avanza Solutions to provide software for the complete automation of processes and operations, from registration and the issuance of licenses, to delivering training material and arranging examinations. Emirates Transport, established by the federal government of the UAE, operates with the mission to improve the overall driving conditions and […]


KSA launches SAP Cloud Hub

Witnessed by His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, during her trade mission to the Kingdom, SAP announced a plan to launch the SAP Cloud Hub, in collaboration with the Saudi Ministry of Communication and Information Technology represented by the National Digitization […]


Business confidence in Middle East gains momentum in Q1 2017

Business confidence in the Middle East rebounded strongly in the first quarter of 2017, in line with a substantial global increase, according to the latest edition of the Global Economic Conditions Survey. The quarterly survey of global CFOs and finance professionals, conducted by ACCA the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and IMA the Institute of […]


Schneider Electric showcases experiential Smart City at Innovation Summit

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has inaugurated its annual Innovation Summit, an IoT-powered event demonstrating innovations and technologies that cater to the future of energy management, industrial efficiency and environmental sustainability. As an interesting highlight, the energy leader also showcased its revolutionary concept of an experiential smart city at the […]


Saudi accountants: Evolve to support Vision 2030

Business, finance and government leaders from across the region and the world gathered at Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh to understand the role that accountancy can play in the success of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030. Held under the patronage of H.E. Dr Majid Bin Abdullah Al Kassabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment, the one-day conference […]


DEWA : European Specification Certificate for its Innovation Management Systems

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) received the European Specification Certificate on Innovation Management Systems (CEN / TS 16555-1-2013), from British organisation Lloyds Register, for its preparation and application of an integrated system for innovation management. “DEWA’s efforts in the field of innovation are consistent with the wise leadership’s efforts to look ahead and prepare […]


Smart Dubai Kicks Off First Ever City-Wide Implementation of Blockchain

The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) recently announced the kick off of the first city-wide effort to implement blockchain technology in city services with the objective of transforming and enhancing city experiences, in collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM) as its Blockchain Lead Strategic Partner, and Consensys as Blockchain City Advisor. This effort is a key execution […]


Cisco and ADSIC conduct cybersecurity workshop for UAE public sector

Cisco together with Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) held a security workshop at the Ritz Carlton in Abu Dhabi to showcase the latest security innovations, global smart deployments and use cases to Abu Dhabi’s government departments and entities. The high-level workshop brought together information security and technology leaders from the government and public sector […]


Ajman Free Zone signs partnership with Tejari

Tejari has concluded a partnership with Ajman Free Zone (AFZ) to optimise its competitive procurement bidding processes that enable greater transparency for its suppliers. The Ajman Free Zone Authority is the first entity within Ajman Government to establish an agreement with Tejari. The two partners have signed a contract to adopt Tejari’s automated BravoAdvantage platform to […]


DEWA signs MoU with National Energy Technology Laboratory

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Energy Technology Laboratory(NETL), which operates under the US Department of Energy, and specialises in energy security, and the Research and Development (R&D) of coal, natural gas, and oil technology. The MoU aims to strengthen cooperation and develop new framework as […]


IDC report examines Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program

With Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program (NTP) estimated to drive spending of SAR 42 billion on related initiatives in 2017 alone, International Data Corporation (IDC) has published an in-depth analysis of the program and its anticipated impact on the kingdom’s economy and broader society. Titled ‘Envisioning an ICT-Led Approach to the National Transformation Program for […]


DEWA receives COBIT5 cert. in governance & IT operation control

DEWA has received the COBIT5 certification in governance and information technology operation control. DEWA passed a series of auditing and monitoring process evaluations, becoming the first government entity in the UAE to fulfil all requirements of the system, in all five fields. The COBIT5 certification has been included in ISACA’s globally accepted framework. DEWA applies […]