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Saudi Arabia Plans To Swap Oil Production For Gaming

The Kingdom is going all in with a massive new game development program.

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As Saudi Arabia rapidly transitions from an oil-reliant economy, the government has begun investing in several tech-centric and sustainable projects. With a disproportionately young population, 21 million of which are gamers, officials have recently decided to stake $38 billion on building a local gaming industry from scratch.

The Savvy Games Group — a subsidiary of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) — will help Saudi Arabia develop and publish its game titles while building a home-grown gaming ecosystem in the capital, Riyadh.

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has already invested billions of dollars into the likes of Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, and Tencent. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, the CEO of Savvy, Brian Ward, said that the company would look for opportunities to “work together on publishing in (the Middle East and North Africa), run their Esports businesses, or develop new IP together”.

The PIF’s recent round of acquisitions and an extensive portfolio of investments suggest that Saudi Arabia will continue on its aggressive mission to play alongside industry giants such as Microsoft and Sony.

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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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