#ICYMI 10/05: UAE Tech & Digital News at a Glance

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Dubai gets a Brazilian. Poetry written by machines. Abu Dhabi welcomes the hackers. These stories and more in last week’s tech & digital news from across the UAE.

Once again our Head of Marketing & Communications has trawled through the tech & digital news to curate a quick weekly briefing for our Expert Delivery Team. Keeping them and their communities informed on the latest stories emerging from across the UAE, our goal is to cast a light on the UAE’s thriving digital economy.

The UAE Digital Impact

Dubai ranks in the world’s top 35 cities for VC funding and best-funded start-ups

Find out more on the 100 Best Cities for the Future of Business

Start-up News

Google is accepting applications from technology entrepreneurs for its start-up MENA programme. Spread the word to your networks.

A PropTech platform being developed in Dubai that consolidates the scattered market of empty commercial real estate has raised $1m in its seed funding round.

Witness the Fitness. UAE-based personal training platform has announced the successful closure of a $3 million Series A fund raise.

E-commerce News

Keep e-commerce in mind when thinking about competition for talent. The e-comm market in the MENA region is expected to grow at an annual rate of 18.4 per cent to $148.5bn by next year.

As if to prove a point, a rapidly growing Sau Paulo-based e-commerce start-up has chosen to set up its regional base in Dubai.


Inspired by Stephen Hawking, the UK Pavilion’s at Expo 2020 projects AI-generated poems throughout the event.

AI-based spending in the UAE will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 19%

Quote of the Week

“A massive talent crunch has ensued as IT outsourcers, Silicon Valley giants, global retailers and Wall Street banks’ technology centres vie for engineering and product talent alongside hundreds of fast-growing start-ups.“



If you’re into finding a route into gaming tech then you’ll want to keep 12-26 Oct relatively free with Games and Tech Week, Abu Dhabi taking place.

Cyber Security

Some of the sharpest minds in Cyber Security will be in Abu Dhabi this November hosting talks, taking on challenges and generally being smart.

Solving the Digital Skills Gap

The shortage of technology talent has one Fintech startup offering a shorter work week as a sweetener to attract workers to join them.

Take a deep dive and get informed on what the WEF thinks needs to be done to narrow the skills gap.