The issue of regulating and legalizing ride-sharing services in Egypt was raised in the last couple of months when an Egyptian court ordered the suspension of such services in March after a group of taxi drivers claimed that they were illegally using private cars as taxis.

Read more: Is Egypt finally giving the green light to ride-sharing services?

IBM has formally announced the launch of its Innovation and Industry Client Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Inaugurated under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Government, the center aims to fast track the digital transformation of both public and private organizations through advanced technologies in artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, blockchain, security, analytics, Internet of Things and quantum computing.

Read more: US tech giants open innovation center in the Middle East

Whether fixed or mobile, a superfast broadband network represents a huge investment for a telecom operator or a government. For this investment to be justified, it must prove its value quickly, by generating for example additional revenues or reducing churn, or by delivering new services that improve the citizens and enterprises' social and economic conditions.

Read more: Which services to reap the benefits of a superfast broadband network deployment?

GroupM, the media investment group of WPP, released a new report, "State of Digital," offering intelligence on consumer media consumption and advertising investment trends worldwide. Among a series of publications by GroupM prognosticating media marketplace futures, the new report focuses on the impact of technology and digital capabilities on consumers and advertisers.

Read more: It’s official! Online media to surpass Linear TV in 2018

As part of its mandate to manage the challenge of the National Economic Register within the third batch of the government accelerators, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced the completion of a high level cooperation and coordination between concerned government entities, resulted by the launch of the National Economic Register, and the signing of memoranda of understanding between the Ministry of Economy and the local licensing authorities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, and Dibba Al Fujairah.

Read more: TRA takes important step towards integration and sharing of government data

The Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO) has recently announced the opening of its center of excellence "China-Arab BDS/GNSS Center-AICTO" established in El Ghazala Technological Park, Tunis within the scope of the bilateral relationship between the League of Arab States and the People's Republic of China and the cooperation agreement signed by H.E. Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor, Secretary General of AICTO and H.E. Mr. Chengai Ran , CEO of the China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO) in Cairo, Egypt on the 20th of January 2016.

Read more: AICTO inaugurates new center to reinforce Arab-Chinese cooperation

The first Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in Dubai took place on May 1st, bringing together technologists from all industries and skill levels to discover how AWS can help them innovate quickly and deliver flexible, reliable cloud solutions at scale. 

Read more: Amazon Web Services hosts its very first summit in Dubai

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) revealed that the number of data systems provided in cooperation with the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and other government entities on has reached more than 500 systems, covering various educational, health, environment and other fields. TRA said that this achievement is the result of cooperation with the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and more than 36 federal and local entities, to enhance the UAE strategic direction towards digital transformation, keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and utilize data in finding innovative solutions to future challenges.

Read more: TRA invests in big data to enhance UAE’s digital transformation journey

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