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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - INTERNET AND MULTIMEDIA

UAE leads region in domain names registrations: TRA

Posted on 27/02/2017

By registering more than 205,000 national domain names (.ae) by the end of February 2017, the UAE has maintained its lead in the Arab region in registering national domain names, a Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) official told the Emirates News Agency, WAM. "The national domain name is a key element in the development of the internet industry in the UAE, as it represents an important form of digital identity for any company or institution operating in the UAE. It also contributes ...  >>MORE

Emaar announces sponsorship of Microsoft Imagine Cup UAE 2017

Posted on 07/02/2017

Global developer Emaar Properties announced its sponsorship of the Microsoft UAE Imagine Cup 2017 student competition, which will hold its regional heats in April this year. The partnership with Microsoft Gulf reflects Emaar's focus on nurturing the next generation of talent, adopting innovating technologies and supporting the innovation environment of the UAE to bring far-reaching benefits to the nation. The year-long Imagine Cup debuted in 2003 and remains the world's largest student ...  >>MORE

Aqdar announces new projects as part of "Safer Internet Day" celebrations

Posted on 07/02/2017

The Khalifa Empowerment Programme for Students (Aqdar) announced a number of new initiatives and projects as part of tomorrow's World Safer Internet Day 2017, which the country will celebrate under the banner: "Be the Change, Communicate Responsibly". The statement was made during a press conference by the organisers of the programme, under the patronage of the H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, in co-operation with the General ...  >>MORE

UAE to host leading seven countries of the world for Digital Transformation of Education Initiative

Posted on 29/01/2017

LONDON: The UAE has been chosen to host the Leading Seven Countries of the World for the Digital Transformation of Education Initiative this year, reinforcing its position as a world leader in technology in the field of education. The country has made great advancements in developing SMART learning programmes in a very short period. This has led to a positive transformation in education within government schools which have shown impressive results and surpassed other leading countries in the ...  >>MORE

First-of-its-kind 'Cyber Security Centre' in UAE launched

Posted on 23/08/2016

Smartworld and The Kernel have announced the launch of UAE's first-of-its-kind 'Cyber Security Centre', which will train UAE nationals in cyber security and provide round-the-clock advanced security monitoring along with cyber threat management to companies across the government and private sector in the UAE. A strategic partnership for setting up the centre was signed between the two companies by Abdulqader Ali, CEO of Smartworld, and Dr. Mounes Kayyali, CEO of The Kernel. The initiative is ...  >>MORE

E-SAE Society warns residents about intruders gaining access to popular messaging applications

Posted on 01/08/2016

-The UAE-based non-profit online safety organisation, Emirates Safer Internet Society (E-SAFE) yesterday warned that intruders take only 30 seconds to gain access into a smartphone's messaging services such as WhatsApp, a popular texting platform used by one billion people worldwide. In a press conference held at Crowne Plaza Dubai, the E-SAFE team launched #SafeUpWhatsApp, an informative campaign to safeguard people from social engineering by demonstrating the possible ways in which this ...  >>MORE

DM uses WhatsApp to quash rumours

Posted on 29/07/2016

As part of developing the 'Authentic News' initiative, and after its success in refuting and quashing 35 rumours and gainsays since May, the Dubai Municipality launched the rumours receiving service through WhatsApp on number 0501077799, a senior official at Dubai Municipality said. Ibrahim Deshti, Head of the Communication (Call) Centre at Dubai Municipality said the authorities' action stems from the principle of transparency and its belief in the importance of stamping out the menace of ...  >>MORE

UAE leads region in ICT readiness

Posted on 10/07/2016

The UAE continues to lead the Arab world in terms of networked readiness with a global 26th ranking, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report that named Singapore as the highest-placed country in the world when it comes to networked readiness. "The UAE government is leading the way to greater digital connectivity (second in terms of government usage), providing a consistent vision for the sector and achieving success at promoting it (first on both ...  >>MORE

Sharjah installs Wi-Fi smart trash bins

Posted on 24/06/2016

Sharjah has started installing smart trash bins that offer open Wi-Fi access to the public, compact the trash, and notify the operator when they are full. The first 10 smart bins have been installed by Bee'ah environment and waste management company near tourist sites in the Heart of Sharjah area. Designed and built by BigBelly, a leading provider of bin solutions in the US, the 10 new units represent the first phase of months-long installation plan, to roll out several hundreds of Wi-Fi bins ...  >>MORE

UAE in top 20 on Global Connectivity Index

Posted on 20/05/2016

The UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are among the top three developing countries in Huawei's annual Global Connectivity Index report which was revealed in Dubai on Thursday at the 2016 Samena Telecom Leaders' Summit. The UAE is ranked 19, followed by Qatar at 21 and Saudi Arabia at 28. Huawei's report measures how 50 nations (accounting for 90 per cent of global GDP [gross domestic product] and 78 per cent of the global population) are progressing with digital transformation using information and ...  >>MORE

UAE buildings to be mapped in one app

Posted on 13/05/2016

Finding your way around Dubai might be a challenge, buy for some, the task can get overwhelmingly confusing when visiting unfamiliar nearby emirates. To simplify the process of giving directions to buildings, officials at Dubai Municipality are currently working on charting all buildings across the seven emirates. "The aim is to have all buildings in the UAE installed with a plate, displaying the location's 10-digit geo-coordinates,” according to Abdul Hakim Malek, director of the Geographic ...  >>MORE

NYU Abu Dhabi to host fifth International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World

Posted on 12/04/2016

Talented student hackers from around the world are set to descend on NYU Abu Dhabi's campus (NYUAD) this April for the annual International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World. Taking place between April 15 – 17, students will be split into teams and mentored by renowned international computer science professors, founders of successful start-ups, technology professionals, and venture capitalists, as they come together to develop innovative applications for the benefit of social good. ...  >>MORE

UAE tops 2015 E-performance Index

Posted on 30/03/2016

The UAE ranked first on 2015 E-performance Index with average of 67.35 per cent, according to a new research launched on Tuesday. The research further revealed that GDP of Gulf countries constitutes around 60 percent of the total Arab world GDP. Saudi Arabia ranked first in Arab World GDP with US$753 billion and the UAE ranked second with US$401 billion GDP. The number of internet users in the Arab World is expected to rise to about 226 million by 2018, says the Arab Knowledge Economy report ...  >>MORE

du and SAP launch cloud services in UAE

Posted on 11/02/2016

UAE government enterprises will soon gain access to some of the world's smartest applications in 2016, thanks to a strategic partnership signed yesterday by du and SAP software company. during the World Government Summit. The partnership works to support the commitment to nationwide digitisation and innovation. The UAE Vision 2021 aims for the country to become one of the Top 10 in the world in INSEAD's Global Innovation Index and in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index over ...  >>MORE

UAE joins world family in marking Safer Internet Day 2016

Posted on 10/02/2016

BRUSSELS: The UAE yesterday joined more than 100 countries worldwide, including all 28 countries of the European Union, in celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) for the thirteenth year running. In the UAE, the day is being celebrated since 2011 under the patronage of H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior. Organised by the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program, Aqdar, the campaign, which features the participation of more than 30 ...  >>MORE

UAE chairs ITU-T Study Group 20 - Internet of Things and Smart Cities

Posted on 08/02/2016

SINGAPORE: Represented by the General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA), the UAE has chaired the second meeting of the International Telecommunications Union standardisation sector. The meeting of the (ITU-T) Study Group 20 "Internet of Things and Smart Cities" was hosted by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. Engineer Nasser Al Marzooqi, Chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 20, UAE representative to the ITU-Geneva, and ITU Affairs Manager represented TRA ...  >>MORE

New UAE group to tackle online abuse of children

Posted on 08/02/2016

A new UAE-based non-profit organisation will work for the protection of children from online abuse using psychiatric, legal, educational, technical and social expertise in cooperation with local and international authorities. Launched on Sunday in the capital ahead of Safety Internet Day on February 9, Emirates Safer Internet Society E-SAFE announced its vision to become a "sustainable and globally recognised” hub for child protection online by 2021. Speaking at the launch, Dr Abdullah Al ...  >>MORE

MoL wins best government website award at Summit International Awards

Posted on 02/02/2016

The Ministry of Labour webpage has recently won the 'Leader Award' in the government websites category, ranking first amongst 1,300 other pages from 11 countries worldwide, after competing at the Summit International Awards. Speaking about the achievement, Ahmed Al Nasser, Director of Information Technology Department at the Ministry, and head of the website development team, said, "This achievement reflects the ministry's excellence in the provision of services, especially since the website ...  >>MORE

UAE to get tough on IP address forgery

Posted on 19/01/2016

The Federal National Council (FNC) this month is expected to review a draft law proposing more than three years in prison and a fine of up to Dh2 million for IP address forgery with criminal intent. The bill, which introduces changes in Federal Law No 5 of 2012 on combating cybercrimes, seeks to crack down on people using a fraudulent computer network protocol address with criminal intent. Under the current law, IP address forgery is a minor offence punishable with a jail term of between 24 ...  >>MORE

Dubai Font to be designed for Microsoft products

Posted on 06/01/2016

An Arabic and English font named after Dubai will be designed for Microsoft products. The move is in line with orders issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council (DEC), to the General Secretariat of DEC. The secretariat will be responsible for designing a selection of fonts that will be named ‘Dubai'. Sheikh Hamdan said that the move comes as part of the emirate's continuous efforts to be ranked first globally in all ...  >>MORE

TRA reveals 40% increase in UAE’s national /.ae/ domain registrations

Posted on 22/12/2015

The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications sector (TRA) announced that the number of registrations on the national .ae domain increased reaching more than 175,000, as there are 22 accredited registrars who are providing .ae domain registration services all over the world. A study that was conducted at the end of November 2015 revealed this figure which indicates evidently an expansion in the domain industry and a significant increase with more than 40% in comparison to last ...  >>MORE

UAE’s Google trends in 2015 revealed

Posted on 17/12/2015

Forget wildly popular songs, blockbuster films or headline-grabbing world events – Apple's iPhone 6s was the most searched-for item on Google by UAE users this year. The company released its annual list of the year's most popular queries from residents. Coming in behind searches for the smartphone was information on cricket's Indian Premier League, Furious 7, which was partly filmed in the UAE, Ramadan and video game Agario. In the entertainment world, singers Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, ...  >>MORE

Smart Dubai launches official website

Posted on 08/12/2015

Smart Dubai has launched its official website Smartdubai.ae, the information gateway to Dubai's Smart City initiative. Announced at a press conference at the Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum 2015, currently being held in Dubai, the website Smartdubai.ae provides comprehensive information on the city's efforts to realise the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to make Dubai the world's smartest and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat commits to developing the ‘Internet of Things’ ecosystem in the UAE

Posted on 07/12/2015

Etisalat yesterday outlined the possibilities that the Internet of Things, IoT, holds for the present and future of the UAE, and announced its key focus areas to enable the IoT ecosystem of the country. The IoT will be connecting 50 billion objects by 2020 globally , largely revolutionising companies and sectors, particularly smart cities, consumer electronics, retail, utilities, transportation, healthcare and construction, that will form the majority of the device base. The vast array of ...  >>MORE

Etisalat revamps eLife Value Packs and doubles broadband speeds for home customers at no extra cost

Posted on 17/11/2015

Etisalat's eLife customers in the UAE can now enjoy a major speed upgrade experience as the telco completes doubling its fibre-based Internet speeds for eLife triple play value bundle customers, at no extra cost. The increase in home Internet speeds for the same price is part of Etisalat's revamp of the eLife Value Pack offering, catering to the needs of its customers. The new eLife proposition is now bundled as ‘Family', ‘Sports', ‘Entertainment' and ‘Premium'. The largest and first free, ...  >>MORE

Snapchat names Hamdan bin Mohammed among select global personalities to have ‘Official Stories’

Posted on 16/11/2015

Crown Prince of Dubai HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been named by leading messaging service Snapchat among a select group of international leaders, celebrities and influencers who will have ‘Official Stories', a new initiative introduced by Snapchat to help its members easily discover and identify interesting stories about leading global personalities. Sheikh Hamdan's inclusion in the select list reflects his rising global popularity as well as his growing profile as ...  >>MORE

UAE to host global summit, 'We Protect Children Online'

Posted on 13/11/2015

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the United Arab Emirates will host the 2nd session of the global summit, 'We Protect Children Online', which is being organised by the Ministry of the Interior in Abu Dhabi on 16th and 17th of November. H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, stressed the keenness of the UAE's ...  >>MORE

Forum discusses power of social media to do good

Posted on 18/09/2015

A single picture of a Syrian refugee carrying his sleeping daughter and selling pens has touched thousand of people on social media to raise more than Dh690,000 in three hours — a feat that even the biggest charity organisation may struggle to achieve. This real life example, which shows the power of social media, was shared by Ashraf Zeitoon, Head of Policy for Mena in Facebook at the Social Media for Good Forum on Monday at the American University in Dubai. The event aims to share real-life ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi is to host ‘hackathon’ competition

Posted on 24/08/2015

A global computer programming competition will be held in Abu Dhabi for the first time next month. More than 100 programmers from across the region have registered for AngelHack hackathon, which will be hosted at New York University Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat campus on September 4 and 5. The aim of the 24-hour contest is to provide software developers with a platform to turn their ideas into viable business opportunities. Stages of the competition are held in cities across the globe throughout the ...  >>MORE

UAE ranks as first Arab state in network readiness indicators of World Economic Forum

Posted on 20/08/2015

The UAE was ranked first of Arab states and 23rd globally among 143 countries involved in the 'network readiness indicators' issued by the World Economic Forum in the Global Information Technology Report, 2015. Officials of the Cisco Company, working in the field of information and technology, have praised the efforts of the country and its quest to develop the infrastructure, institutions and skills needed to reap the benefits offered by communications and information technologies. Among the ...  >>MORE

‘Smart palms’ installed in Dubai offer free Wi-Fi, phone charging and information

Posted on 30/07/2015

Newly installed "smart palms” in parks and beaches are not only providing shade but also acting as free Wi-Fi hotspots. The six-metre-tall artificial trees are solar powered and offer recharging for mobile phones and other gadgets, as well as weather forecasts, news and information about Dubai. So far they have been installed at Zabeel Park and at the beach near Burj Al Arab, but there are plans to expand them to all public beaches in the emirate. The smart palms are shaped like date palm ...  >>MORE

Wikimedia Foundation and Etisalat collaborate on education initiative to offer free access to Wikipedia

Posted on 09/07/2015

UAE-based Etisalat Group has announced that it will offer its subscribers across 19 markets free access to Wikipedia via Wikipedia Zero. Wikipedia Zero is the Wikimedia Foundation's global initiative to enable everyone to access and participate in Wikipedia, the world's largest free knowledge resource. In a media statement, the telco said that the collaboration between Etisalat and the Wikimedia Foundation will reduce barriers to information and knowledge by providing access to the mobile ...  >>MORE

UAE heads ‘Internet of Things’ expert group at ITU

Posted on 02/07/2015

GENEVA: The International Telecommunication Union, ITU, has agreed to create a new research committee for the Internet of Things, a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data, during the consultative group meeting for the telecommunication standardisation sector. The focus is on implementing the Internet of Things to smart cities and communities in order to meet the needs of standardisation of the Internet of ...  >>MORE

UAE ideal for digital businesses: Cisco

Posted on 29/06/2015

The growing demand for mobile devices, video, and social networking is set to drive the number of Internet users in the Middle East and Africa to 425 million by 2019, accounting for 27 per cent of the regional population, Cisco said on Sunday. In Middle East and Africa, IP traffic will grow six-fold by 2019, a compound annual growth rate of 44 per cent, and the UAE, which has one of the highest Internet penetration rates in the region, is ideally-placed to advance digital businesses and ...  >>MORE

UAE continues its reign as one of the Middle East's Leading Internet Economies: BCG e-Friction Index

Posted on 11/06/2015

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has retained its position as a leader in the Middle East's Internet Economy, a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy, revealed. The research also found that, globally, the difference between countries with large digital economies and those with low economic activity amounts to about 2.5 percent of GDP - a material figure for any nation. The new study, titled Which ...  >>MORE

DIC announces second Decode Dubai

Posted on 09/06/2015

Following the success of the first 'hackathon', Decode Dubai, which welcomed 140 participants from across the region for a 12-hour coding competition, Dubai Internet City, DIC, has announced the second edition of Decode. The competition will be held from 11th to 13th June at in5, DIC's innovation centre, bringing together developers, coders and techno-preneurs to build mobile apps around five ‘Smart' themes. These themes include solutions tailored for energy and emissions, enhancing citizens' ...  >>MORE

Internet of Things Expo /IoTX/ 2015 opens in Dubai

Posted on 09/06/2015

Ahmed Bin Humaidan, Director-General, Dubai Smart Government, yesterday formally opened the inaugural Internet of Things Expo 2015 (IoTX) at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Bin Humaidan was accompanied by Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Dubai World Trade Centre Authority and a host of local dignitaries and global technology executives. With Dubai Smart Government, Smart Dubai and Dubai Internet City among the numerous UAE-based public ...  >>MORE

Sharjah joins Google Street View bandwagon

Posted on 10/05/2015

Sharjah has joined the bandwagon of Google's ‘Street View' facility that allows users to virtually explore and navigate streets, and neighbourhoods through panoramic street-level images. It has joined the club of more than 3,000 cities in 63 countries around the world who are enjoying the benefits of the facility. This was announced on Saturday as Google and the Sharjah Urban Planning Council entered into a partnership to launch Street View in Sharjah. Google ‘Street View Car' will capture ...  >>MORE

Smart Palms to issue weather warnings at Dubai beaches

Posted on 06/05/2015

After parks and markets, it is the turn of beaches in Dubai to offer free wireless Internet connection to visitors through Dubai Municipality's Smart Palm solar tech hub project. However, this time, there will be a difference. The Smart Palm, that will offer free WiFi service and charging points for smartphones and tablets, will also be used to announce weather warnings to beach goers. Two interactive screens to demonstrate awareness about the emirate, including weather information, a camera ...  >>MORE

AbuDhabi Taxi mobile apps bags the Excellence in GIS Implementation Award

Posted on 24/04/2015

In recognition of its best road map for geographic information systems, The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars has received the Excellence in GIS Implementation Award, one of the highest international awards for the Middle East and North Africa in the field of geographic information systems. The award, which is given to parties that excel in their innovation and leadership by making use of this technology, was presented in Dubai during the 10th edition of the annual round of ...  >>MORE

Makani to be usable on Google and HERE maps

Posted on 19/04/2015

Dubai's own satellite location address and navigation system, Makani, will be compatible with Google and HERE maps, an official said. Dubai Municipality's Makani (My Location) assigns a 10-digit number to every building in Dubai on a digital map and guides users to the location — down to its front door or main entrance — using the free Makani smartphone app. It is accurate up to one metre of the pin selected on the map. Makani numbers are also going up on buildings, allowing residents or ...  >>MORE

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UAE leads region in domain names registrations: TRA


Emaar announces sponsorship of Microsoft Imagine Cup UAE 2017


Aqdar announces new projects as part of "Safer Internet Day" celebrations


UAE to host leading seven countries of the world for Digital Transformation of Education Initiative


First-of-its-kind 'Cyber Security Centre' in UAE launched


E-SAE Society warns residents about intruders gaining access to popular messaging applications


DM uses WhatsApp to quash rumours


UAE leads region in ICT readiness


Sharjah installs Wi-Fi smart trash bins


UAE in top 20 on Global Connectivity Index


UAE buildings to be mapped in one app


NYU Abu Dhabi to host fifth International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World


UAE tops 2015 E-performance Index


du and SAP launch cloud services in UAE


UAE joins world family in marking Safer Internet Day 2016


UAE chairs ITU-T Study Group 20 - Internet of Things and Smart Cities


New UAE group to tackle online abuse of children


MoL wins best government website award at Summit International Awards


UAE to get tough on IP address forgery


Dubai Font to be designed for Microsoft products


TRA reveals 40% increase in UAE’s national /.ae/ domain registrations


UAE’s Google trends in 2015 revealed


Smart Dubai launches official website


Etisalat commits to developing the ‘Internet of Things’ ecosystem in the UAE


Etisalat revamps eLife Value Packs and doubles broadband speeds for home customers at no extra cost


Snapchat names Hamdan bin Mohammed among select global personalities to have ‘Official Stories’


UAE to host global summit, 'We Protect Children Online'


Forum discusses power of social media to do good


Abu Dhabi is to host ‘hackathon’ competition


UAE ranks as first Arab state in network readiness indicators of World Economic Forum


‘Smart palms’ installed in Dubai offer free Wi-Fi, phone charging and information


Wikimedia Foundation and Etisalat collaborate on education initiative to offer free access to Wikipedia


UAE heads ‘Internet of Things’ expert group at ITU


UAE ideal for digital businesses: Cisco


UAE continues its reign as one of the Middle East's Leading Internet Economies: BCG e-Friction Index


DIC announces second Decode Dubai


Internet of Things Expo /IoTX/ 2015 opens in Dubai


Sharjah joins Google Street View bandwagon


Smart Palms to issue weather warnings at Dubai beaches


AbuDhabi Taxi mobile apps bags the Excellence in GIS Implementation Award


Makani to be usable on Google and HERE maps