The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) has partnered with regional technology business solutions provider Nearbuy to host a trial of the first 'robot receptionist' in the Middle East. Farah, which stands 1.50 metres tall, started work on November 26 at the Smart Dubai Office headquarters in the Dubai Design District.

Read more: First ‘robot receptionist’ in Middle East starts work at Smart Dubai

Broadband packages in the UAE have been ranked most expensive in the Middle East, according to data from 3,351 individual broadband packages gathered by BDRC Continental and compiled and analyzed by Cable.co.uk during the eight-week period up to 12 October 2017.

Read more: Survey ranks UAE broadband packages most expensive in Middle East

Du, the leading telecom operator in the UAE, plays a vital role in Dubai's evolution into a Smart City. Sterlite Tech being its technology partner supporting Dubai Smart City Vision took the initiative of organizing Sterlite Day - du Digital Summit, to showcase how Sterlite Tech is positioned to enable du in its journey as Digital service provider.

Read more: Sterlite Tech outlines the path towards digital transformation

The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) took home the prestigious City Project Award for the Dubai Blockchain Strategy at the Smart Cities Expo & World Congress, which took place in Barcelona, Spain, on November 14-16, 2017. The Strategy won first place following fierce competition against 308 projects from 58 countries.

Read more: Smart Dubai wins prestigious global award for its cutting-edge Blockchain Strategy

In the telco industry, it seems the words of the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, are ringing true: "The only constant is change."One challenge that we grapple with today is understanding the role of 'digital' in our future, and how digital transformation can bring profitable growth to our industry, from three angles of business, network and operations.

By Charles Yang, President, Huawei Middle East

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Huawei exhibited its latest security solutions at the RSA Conference 2017 in Abu Dhabi on November 16, including the CloudFabric Security Solution and the CloudCampus Security Solution, together with an extended portfolio of Huawei security products and solutions.

Read more: Huawei unveils latest security solutions at RSA 2017 Abu Dhabi

The Middle East is turning to innovation in a post oil economy. As I walked around the exhibition halls at GITEX Technology Week 2017, I witnessed dozens of companies embracing economic diversity. Industries like financial technology, healthcare, construction and transportation are spurring regional development of cloud computing while billions are being spent on the datacenter market.

Read more: A brighter future is built on smarter networks

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has revealed a number of initiatives and projects implemented by Eve Committee since the beginning of 2017, covering various fields including culture, sports, entertainment, family, society, charity, as well as initiatives aiming at enhancing happiness, positivity and gender balance. The total number of initiatives implemented by the Committee during 2017 reached 30 initiatives, with many still ongoing and to be completed by the end of the year.

Read more: TRA reviews the achievements and projects of Eve Committee

Smart Dubai has expanded its "Paperless Finance" project to cover various Dubai Government entities, where it will fully digitise these entities' financial operations, eliminating paper transactions.

Read more: Smart Dubai extends ‘Paperless Finance’ project to Dubai Government entities

Media delegates from the IT sector congregated in the stunning surroundings of San Jose, California, for the annual Global Press & Analysts summit hosted by NetEvents. This year's summit once again did not disappoint - as a prominent array of distinguished panelists engaged in a series of compelling discussions which examined the imminent issues, challenges and opportunities presented by IoT, AI, Cloud and Security. NetEvents is a unique ICT conference as it gives press the opportunity to network and form relationships with some of the most cutting-edge and innovative companies from the technology mecca of the world which is Silicon Valley. In addition to this, this year's IoT and Cloud Innovation Awards honored Professor David Cheriton, as the Innovation Idol for 2017.

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