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NEOM Launches Accelerator To Support Saudi Entrepreneurs

The program will support small to medium enterprises and innovative businesses.



neom launches accelerator to support saudi entrepreneurs

A new accelerator program called Seven Senses has been launched by the social responsibility department of NEOM, Saudi Arabia’s hyper-futuristic city development.

The program will support SMEs, as well as craftsmen and other professionals, with the aim of driving innovation and change in the NEOM and Tabuk regions.

The accelerator program is welcoming applications until May 14. Although the Seven Senses program is open to anyone, officials are keen to encourage media, arts and culture, food, clothing, and new media projects.

The program will begin with a two-day entrepreneurial boot camp on May 28, where 150 entrepreneurs will receive training in business building, marketing, and attracting investors. After that, participants will present their ideas to an expert panel to compete for a place in the accelerator, held between late May and August.

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“The idea of ​​​​the NEOM accelerator program Seven Senses, which was designed after extensive studies of the market reality, came to support entrepreneurs and owners of emerging companies in the regions of NEOM and Tabuk through scientific and practical paths that contribute to developing their capabilities,” says Meshari Al Mutairi, Executive Director of Government Affairs at NEOM.

After completing the program, participants will enjoy priority access to entrepreneurial opportunities in the NEOM area, as well as lucrative investment opportunities.


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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.



initial trials of dubai's driverless evocargo trucks completed
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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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