Digital Middle East – The 4 articles you shouldn’t have missed this week

A lot is going on in the Middle East in terms of digital transformation and innovation.
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Revealed: the Hyperloop capsule planned for the UAE

Hyperloop Capsule

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the company which plans to operate a system in the UAE in 2020, has provided a first look of its passenger capsule.

“The creation of this capsule represents over a year long journey of the best expertise in design, engineering, and the development of cutting edge materials,” added Dirk Ahlborn HyperloopTT co-founder and CEO. “In just five years we have solved and improved upon all of the technology needed for Hyperloop with our new levitation system, vacuum pumps, batteries, and smart composites. This capsule will be a part of one of the most efficient transportation systems ever made.”

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UAE’s Jumbo launches first 3D ‘farm’ in Jebel Ali

3D PRINTING

Jumbo Group reveals plan to create community of entrepreneurs interested in 3D manufacturing in Dubai. On Wednesday, the UAE-based group announced the launch of a 3D manufacturing unit and its first 3D “farm”.

The company unveiled a detailed 3D manufacturing strategy with the launch of Jumbo 3D Manufacturing and the first 3D facility in Jebel Ali Industrial Area.

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Why the UAE needs a Minister for Entrepreneurship

Dubai Future

Two years ago, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai issued a powerful challenge to the whole country: innovate or perish. In the spirit of that message, and as the region seeks a more diversified and sustainable economy, SMEs have to be placed at centre stage as the main driver of innovation for a sustainable and prosperous future.

In the UAE, SMEs dominate, making up 95 per cent of all enterprises, employing over 86 per cent of the private sector workforce and contributing over 60 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product, according to Ministry of Economy figures. More broadly, SMEs are the real engine for economic growth in the GCC as the second biggest contributor to the GDP after the oil and gas sector, accounting for 30 per cent GDP in the UAE and 22 per cent GDP in Saud Arabia, serving as a platform for job creation and innovation.

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Forbes Middle East released the Top 100 Startups In The Middle East – 2018

Top 100 Start Up Middle East - Fetchr

The Middle East’s startup ecosystem continues to mature as entrepreneurs look to tap innovative business opportunities across the region. Investors too have an increased appetite for funding as they invest in MENA-based startups that fix transit systems, insure people, facilitate e-payments and even offer robo-backed investment advisory solutions.

For the second consecutive year, Forbes Middle East reveals its annual list of Top 100 Startups In The Middle East that rounds up companies offering innovative solutions to some of the challenges that the region’s businesses and consumers face. The list highlights the 100 startups in the region that have bagged most funding—with the startup’s age not exceeding six years. These startups possess the potential to scale-up into bigger businesses in the near future.


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