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IDC Prepares To Host 16th Annual Middle East CIO Summit

This year’s event will feature in-depth discussions and presentations, as well as expert-led panel sessions on the hottest information and communications tech issues.

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On the 22-23rd of February 2023, IDC will host the 16th edition of its annual Middle East CIO Summit at Dubai’s iconic Atlantis, The Palm hotel.

The digital economy has become a hot topic over the past few years. Web 3.0 and startup culture are gaining rapid traction across the MENA region, and organizations are hungry for information on how best to adapt their business models to suit the demands of modern, tech-savvy customers.

IDC‘s Middle East CIO Summit 2023 takes place under the theme “Enabling the Digital Economy’s Leaders”. It will examine the current state of the digital sector and its impact on citizens, customers, employees, and operations. Presentations and panel sessions will address critical challenges that must be resolved, and experts will outline best practices and strategies to help businesses achieve future success.

As for the event’s format, the venue will incorporate five different “Transformation Zones” showcasing pioneering technological advances in DevOps, customer experience, sustainability, Industry 4.0, and, of course, the Metaverse.

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“Today, almost every country in the region has a cohesive national vision for a digital economy that focuses on driving local economic value, employment creation, and social development by reaching the underserved. Whether it is accessing essential government services, purchasing products on digital platforms, or the shift to online learning and working, the impact of this mass transition to digital is evident everywhere,” says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC vice president and regional MD for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.

IDC’s research shows that internet penetration has reached 100% across Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with over 50% of consumers regularly shopping online. Furthermore, in the UAE, digital payments (and contactless transactions) now account for 80% of all regional purchases, and the market is becoming increasingly reliant on 5g and cloud infrastructure. It seems then that 2023’s Middle East CIO Summit will be a pivotal event, helping businesses to create new customer experiences and drive innovation with their partners.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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