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Sheikh Hamdan Says Amazon Is Vital To Dubai’s Digital Growth

The eCommerce powerhouse will feature 100,000 small and medium enterprises by 2026.



sheikh hamdan says amazon is vital to dubai's digital growth

Amazon currently displays 50,000 local and international retailers on the arm of its website but intends to double this figure by 2026, spotlighting 100,000 small and medium businesses while offering training and qualifications to help launch applications on digital platforms.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, applauded Amazon’s announcement, which fits well with the UAE’s plans for digital economy expansion.

sheikh hamdan amazon dubai digital economy expansion

“Dubai has positioned itself as a thriving center for the digital economy [and] I welcome Amazon’s plans to showcase 100,000 businesses, including local SMEs, on by 2026,” said Sheikh Hamdan on Twitter.

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The initiative would give Emirati companies a global platform, aligning with the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 aim to double the size of the economy over the next ten years, transforming Dubai into one of the world’s top three global cities.

Amazon’s announcement will offer UAE entrepreneurs a broader reach to worldwide markets, putting their products in front of 300 million customers. Business owners will also be able to outsource fulfillment to Amazon, alleviating any potential shipping headaches.


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Truecaller To Use Microsoft Azure AI Speech For Call Answering

The new service features a powerful speech generation tool to allow users to create AI versions of their voices.



truecaller to use microsoft azure ai speech for call answering

Truecaller, a well-known app for identifying and blocking spam calls, is enhancing its services by allowing users to create AI versions of their voices. The new feature, available to those with access to Truecaller’s AI Assistant, stems from a partnership with Microsoft and its Azure AI Speech tool, allowing the generation of realistic AI voices that accurately mimic users’ speech patterns and tone.

“This groundbreaking capability not only adds a touch of familiarity and comfort for the users but also showcases the power of AI in transforming the way we interact with our digital assistants,” explained Truecaller product director and general manager Raphael Mimoun in a recent blog post.

The AI Assistant in Truecaller screens incoming calls, informing recipients of a caller’s purpose. Based on this information, users can decide whether to answer the call themselves or let the AI Assistant handle it.

When the feature was introduced in 2022, users could only choose from a collection of preset voices. The ability to record one’s own voice represents a significant step towards the complete personalization of the service.

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Azure AI Speech, showcased during the last Build conference, only recently added a personal voice feature that lets people record and replicate voices. Microsoft explained in a blog post, however, that Personal Voice is available on a limited basis and only for specific use cases like voice assistants.

To maintain ethical standards, Microsoft’s Azure AI Speech automatically adds watermarks to AI-generated voices. Additionally, a code of conduct requires companies to obtain full consent from individuals being recorded and prohibits impersonation.

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