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November 12, 2018

SAP to Acquire Qualtrics, Sees Experience Management as the Future of Business

SAP and Qualtrics announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which SAP SE intends to acquire Qualtrics, the global pioneer of the experience management (XM) software category that enables organizations to thrive in today’s experience economy.

Under the terms of the agreement, SAP will acquire all outstanding shares of Qualtrics for US$8 billion in cash. SAP has secured financing in the amount of €7 billion to cover purchase price and acquisition-related costs. The purchase price includes unvested employee incentive compensation and cash on the balance sheet at close. Subject to customary closing conditions and attainment of regulatory [...]

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October 29, 2018

Dubai Statistics Center: Dubai’s resident population crosses 3.1 million while active daytime population reaches almost 4.3 million

Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) revealed that Dubai’s resident population grew by 232,400 to reach 3,136,400 at the end of the third quarter of 2018, a growth of 7.7% from the third quarter of 2017.

HE Arif Al Mehairi, DSC Executive Director, said: “The rise in population reflects Dubai’s growth as a dynamic economic and tourism hub. The population of non-resident workers and temporary residents in Dubai is currently 1,155,000, while the total active daytime population of the emirate is 4,291,400. As much as 37% of Dubai’s active daytime population comes from outside the emirate.”

“DSC adopts international standards and methodologies to monitor Dubai’s rapidly changing [...]

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October 23, 2018

IDC Forecasts Annual Technology Spending by Middle East & Africa Smart Cities to Total $2.7 Billion by 2022, with Dubai and Riyadh Leading the Way

Technology investments relating to Smart City initiatives across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region will total more than $1.3 billion in 2018, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s newly released Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide shows that this figure is set to reach $2.7 billion in 2022.

“The new edition of IDC’s Worldwide Smart Cities Spending Guide represents a substantial stride towards gaining granular insight into how cities around the world are transforming,” says Serena Da Rold, program manager for IDC’s Customer Insights & [...]

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October 23, 2018

Mohammed bin Rashid tours exhibition of UN World Data Forum

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that building the future is not merely an improvisational decision but a strategic plan based on knowledge and clear goals. His Highness also said that decisions related to the future of human being and humanity should be based on a comprehensive understanding of what is really needed in order to be able to set the future directions to build opportunities that support development of human communities.

“The Challenges facing the world are many, and opportunities for achieving a comprehensive sustainable development are huge, mainly amid the big data revolution [...]

 
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October 23, 2018

Mobility Gets on the Fast Track in Europe: Market Value to Reach Nearly $325 Billion in 2022

European spending on mobility solutions is forecast to reach $293 billion in 2018, according to a new update to the Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide from International Data Corporation. IDC expects the market to post a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4%, leading to spending in excess of $325 billion in 2022.

Western Europe (WE) accounted for 78% of total mobility spending in 2017 and will remain by far the largest contributor in the wider European region, with a CAGR of 2.7% for the 2017–2022 period. At the same time, mobility expenditure in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) will grow at 1.2%.

Mobility plays a central role in [...]

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October 23, 2018

Why is design thinking different than other methodologies?

By Claire Vincent, Founder & CEO of MENA Creation

So you’ve heard about Design Thinking – but why are companies and their CEO’s so excited about it?

Here are three reasons why it’s so different and such an important new method of sustainably growing your business.

*Design Thinking is a more efficient PROBLEM-SOLVING methodology. It aims to look at things DIFFERENTLY, and it is suited to solve problems with more complexity.

*Is it HUMAN CENTERED

The entire process starts by placing human beings at the center and builds out from there. People are unique, and this approach takes this into account.

*It is [...]

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October 19, 2018

RTA unveils new generation of vehicle inspection techniques at GITEX 2018

RTA has launched a new generation of vehicle inspection using innovative technologies as part of its participation at GITEX 2018 (14-18 October). The state-of-the-art process renders the inspection faster, easier and more accurate for RTA and customers alike.

“We are striving to boost the Government’s drive to rank Dubai the smartest and happiest city worldwide using cutting-edge technology, especially Artificial Intelligence(AI) systems,” said AbdullaYousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency.

“Despite the contemporary technology & information revolution era, vehicle inspection technology still hinges entirely on traditional methods and human factor. This [...]

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October 18, 2018

Maktoum bin Mohammed tours GITEX 2018

Deputy Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today visited the 38th GITEX Technology Week. The trade show that began on 14 October runs till 18 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Sheikh Maktoum was taken on a tour of the stands at GITEX, which are showcasing some of the most cutting-edge and revolutionary technologies being deployed by organisations in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

During the tour, His Highness reviewed solutions and services presented by various government departments including the legislative control system service which will be launched in early 2019. He also visited the Sheikh Zayed Housing [...]

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October 6, 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is reshaping the future of world

During the late 18th century, there was a massive change in the way people lived their daily lives. This marked a huge turning point in history and nothing has been the same. This was the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, an era when machines, factories and mass production came to the forefront of human activity. The old days of agriculture and manufacturing done at home were replaced by workers moving to factories, electricity and the introduction of the steam engine. Modern day society lives in the shadow of the Industrial Revolution. It was a huge leap forward in human civilization. But like all great leaps it took careful planning and concentrated effort. It took many great [...]

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September 26, 2018

Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and Cisco Work Together for the UAE’s Digital Future

A Quality Addition to Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) Program

Cisco announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates (TRA) to accelerate digital adoption and boost cooperation for the UAE’s digital future.

The MoU is a key addition to Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program in the UAE, which aims at building and enhancing a strategic relationship with national leadership, industry, and academia to help accelerate the national digitization agenda.

“Developing the UAE’s digital infrastructure is one of the government’s major drives. It is closely [...]

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