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The Middle East is grabbing the digital revolution with both hands. As the big economies in the region realise they are too reliant on selling oil, they are investing heavily in the latest technologies in an attempt to become world leaders.
In this review of the top 10 Computer Weekly articles focused on enterprise IT in the Middle East, it was impossible not to place Dubai’s development of flying taxis at number one. If you ever needed evidence that a city had ambitious technology plans, look no further than Dubai, which could soon see drones transporting people through the air. Also in this top 10, Dubai’s smart city plans, of which the flying taxis are part, get recognised by the United Nations.
But it is not just about new inventions in the region, but how technology is transforming traditional business. Last year, Dubai’s oldest bank, Mashreq, became one of the first banks in the world to integrate with Apple’s Siri for voice-powered payments and was the first in the UAE to introduce a home-grown artificial intelligence-powered customer service chatbot.
But there are risks that the Middle East might find it tough to maintain its current digital transformation trajectory because of a predicted skills shortage. We reported how the region can overcome this problem.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority is readying the launch of autonomous aerial vehicles.
The digital head of Mashreq, the UAE’s oldest private bank, tells Computer Weekly about his role as half banker, half techie.
IT will transform the healthcare sector in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries over the coming years.
Organisations in the Middle East must create competitive IT recruitment strategies if they are to attract the right people.
An initiative under way at Avaya hopes to use blockchain networks to help make the citizens of Dubai happy.
Dubai is becoming a world leader in smart city developments and international organisations want to tap its experience.
United Arab Emirates education network implements cloud-based software to improve students’ access to resources.
Amazon opens its latest delivery hub in Bahrain to serve customers in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia’s wealth makes it an attractive target for cyber criminals, but what have been the recent trends in cyber crime?
School upgrades Wi-Fi network to cope with the increasing amount of academic activity that is conducted online.