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Israeli spaceship crashes on moon

Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed onto the moon on Thursday after a series of technical failures during its final descent, shattering hopes of a historic controlled landing on the lunar surface. The unmanned robotic lander suffered periodic engine and communications failures during the landing sequence, which lasted around 21 minutes, the …

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UAE committed to AI for industrial growth

Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, has said that the UAE government adopts an integrated and dynamic model for the utilisation of artificial intelligence that supports industry growth, development of new sectors as well as strengthening governance and ethics frameworks, ultimately anticipating future challenges and …

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UAE space agency wins 2019 WSIS Prize

The UAE Space Agency has won a 2019 WSIS Prize for its global efforts in partnership and sustainable development. The WSIS Prizes are part of the World Summit on the Information Society, WSIS, currently underway in Geneva. Since 2012, WSIS Prizes have been recognising remarkable efforts made by entities and …

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UAE adement on bridging digital divide

The UAE believes in the importance of technology as a major catalyst for economic growth and has been keen to keep abreast of new trends and their applications in various areas of trade, according to Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development. “We strongly believe in …

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My Table Grapes: A Sea Of Grenneries

Grapes

  By Ibrahim Alalou —    At 400×100 meters grape trellis, A sea of greeneries is created in semi-desert environment. Grapes(Vitis vinifera) are fruits, botanically a berry of the deciduous woody vines of the flowering plant genus Vitis. The cultivation of the domesticated grape began in the Near East 6000 …

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Future Blockchain Summit opens in Dubai

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened today Dubai’s Future Blockchain Summit,the region’s most influential event dedicated to the growing online ledger. The second annual event, which is being hosted by the Smart Dubai Office in partnership with the Dubai World Trade Centre, will host the region’s …

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My Pistachio Trees

By Ibrahim Alalou — A cluster of unripe pistachios on one of my trees The pistachio tree(Pistacia vera) is native to Syria. In Arabic we call it Aleppo pistachio(الفستق الحلبي). It has a rich history. Pliny the Elder wrote in his Natural History that Pistacia was unique to Syria and …

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UAE pioneering smart city infomatics

Investments in technologies enabling smart cities in the Middle East and Africa, MEA, region is expected to hit the US$2.30 billion mark by 2021 as per the estimates of International Data Corporation. Given that large funding is needed to build smart cities, public-private partnerships, PPPs, are seen as the key …

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UAE and Hungary up scientific cooperation

The UAE and Hungary agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the fields of science, technology and innovation. This came as senior representatives of both countries discussed creating new partnerships in various sectors that will serve their development in areas of trade, industry, investment, renewable energy, insurance, tourism, science, technology, telecommunications, …

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Abu Dhabi to launch Hub 71

The Abu Dhabi Government tomorrow launches a brand new know-how hub, dubbed as ‘Hub 71’, at a value of AED520 million, to supply monetary incentives to tech startups. Launched under the aegis of H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and …

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Masdar City launches Tech Park

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban community, has launched Tech Park, a new destination for start-ups focused on technology, sustainability and the digital economy. The strategic hub will house companies receiving funding and mentorship through the Catalyst, the Middle East’s first start-up accelerator specializing in clean technology and sustainability, …

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Robot jockeys in Egyptian camel races

Remote-controlled robot jockeys lined up at a major camel racing festival in northeastern Egypt, as owners came under pressure from campaigns to stop using child riders. Organizers fielded around 20 robots – child-sized devices with a whipping arm that can be triggered at a distance – alongside dozens of real …

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Sharjah Sustainability Award veting students

A total of 38 projects have been nominated among 78 student projects for the seventh Sharjah Sustainability Award, SSA, organised by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, EPAA. The projects were related to reducing the consumption of water and electricity; sustainable environmental applications; designing environmental models about the importance of …

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UAE building new generation chool

The United Arab Emirates plans to build the first set of “new generation” schools, for which the government has allocated 1.5 billion UAE dirhams ($408.4 million), according to a plan announced by the country’s vice president and prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, on Monday. The new schools will …

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