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Young Arabs Are Embracing The Fintech Revolution

Working hard and aiming for high-paying jobs no longer leads to financial security, let alone the ability to retire early.

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Between government-sponsored pensions and cultural norms, older generations of Arabs living in the MENA region were never too concerned with how to invest and save money.

For them, simply working hard was enough to enjoy the financial stability necessary to focus on creating families and living well-rounded, fulfilling lives. Young Arabs on the other hand, appear to be living in a completely different world. One that is in many ways far more difficult than the world their parents grew up in.

Working hard and aiming for high-paying jobs no longer leads to financial security, let alone the ability to retire early.

“It’s not just about retiring; it’s about living better, having dreams, having time to breathe and reflect,” said Mayar Akrameh, 29-year-old management consultant, in an interview for AFP. “We’re taught that if you’re working and making enough money, even if you hate your job, you’re good. Or they think we’re good”.

To improve their financial outlook, increasingly many young Arabs are turning to various UAE-based finance platforms that educate users and simplify investing, making the daunting process more accessible.

The pandemic has accelerated the growth of the fintech industry in the MENA region even more. It’s estimated that 465 fintech firms in the UAE alone will generate about $2 billion in investment capital by 2022, up from $80 million raised in 2017.

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These new financial players fill the massive gap in the region’s investment landscape, which still focuses largely on high-net-worth individuals. “If someone wanted to invest $1,000 or $10,000, there was not much available” said Haitham Juma, an investment solutions manager at the UAE-based National Bank of Fujairah.

Hopefully, the blossoming fintech industry will give young Arabs the options they need to secure the stable and prosperous financial future they dream of.

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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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