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The Cloud Secures $12M For GCC And European Expansion

The startup is affiliated with Abu Dhabi’s Hub71, and has ambitious plans to evolve the global food tech sector.

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The Cloud, a startup in the food technology sector affiliated with Abu Dhabi’s Hub71, has revealed the successful initial closure of its Series B funding round, securing $12 million out of its total target of $30 million with the help of Aluna Partners and a fresh investment from MENA Moonshots.

The Cloud has also initiated a strategic takeover of KBOX, a leading food tech startup based in the UK. The move gives The Cloud access to an additional 200 UK establishments, and the firm also has ambitious plans to reshape the virtual dining domain across the UAE, the broader GCC region, and Europe.

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Georges Karam, CEO of The Cloud, was enthusiastic about the funding round, stating: “Our Series B funding and the KBOX acquisition reinforce our position as innovators in the global food tech landscape. Having raised a total of $22 million, we are now focused on enhancing our market presence in the UAE and beyond”.

Meanwhile, Stefano Sciacca, Managing Director at Aluna Partners, added, “The online food delivery market is a megatrend that is here to stay. We believe that The Cloud will gain significant market share in the UK market through the acquisition of KBOX. Having looked at many food tech business models, we believe The Cloud is emerging as a global market leader and are excited to support such a fast-growing venture”.

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The additional capital secured from the Series B financing will play a pivotal role in expediting growth for The Cloud, which already boasts a strong presence in seven countries and 91 cities, coupled with aspirations to extend to 8,000 locations by the close of 2027.

The Cloud is now on course for a dual listing in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, heralding a new phase of expansion for the virtual chain in the EMEA region. As the company progresses along this growth trajectory, it remains committed to revolutionizing the global dining landscape, empowering restaurateurs, and setting new standards for excellence and innovation in the food sector.

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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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