Dubai Studio City boosts regional creative economy at CABSAT 2024

DUBAI: Dubai Studio City announced that it is continuing to accelerate the growth of localised content production in the region with 358,000 minutes of original content recorded across its interconnected ecosystem in 2023.

The announcement came during Dubai Studio’s participation in CABSAT 2024, taking place in Dubai until 23rd May.

Dubai Studio City, part of TECOM Group and Strategic Partner of the 30th edition of CABSAT this year, hosted 198 calendar days’ worth of shoots and recording sessions across its sound stages as production activity levels continue to soar at the region’s largest facilities of their kind.

As a Strategic Partner of CABSAT 2024, Dubai Studio City presents a full calendar of networking and educational activities. Today, it will organise a panel discussion exploring the region’s rise as a global film production hub, while on Day 3, it will feature a start-up concept discussion featuring in5 Media enterprises.

‘The future of entertainment will be led by content creators whose voices
and sensibilities are rooted in the local culture, and our industry has a moral responsibility to champion such creatives,’ said Majed Al Suwaidi, Senior Vice President of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City at TECOM Group PJSC.

He added that Dubai Studio City highlights the wide and diverse talents and capabilities of the Middle East region.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE, France sign MoU on artificial intelligence

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology Council (AIATC) and the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding on artificial intelligence (AI).

This agreement builds on the strengths of the strategic partnership between the UAE and France and aims to develop the artificial intelligence ecosystems of both countries through a combination of investment programmes and collaborations that foster the responsible development and deployment of AI.

The agreement was signed by Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and member of AIATC, and Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty.

The partnership will cover the following areas of collaboration:

Data centre and supercomputing infrastructure buildout: This initiative will make cost-competitive AI training and inferencing capacity availab
le to both French and European enterprises, as well as foster partnerships with international and local cloud and computing capacity operators to enable innovation and R and D.

Investment in the UAE, French, and global AI ecosystem: The UAE and France will explore investment opportunities in start-ups and investment funds focused on AI models, artificial intelligence applications in key sectors (health, financial services, software, retail, industry), and next-generation hardware.

Manufacturing and sourcing cooperation: The partnership will explore opportunities for the bilateral production and offtake of semiconductors, including leading-edge and essential chips for AI applications.

Talent pipeline: The two countries will explore an education initiative to offer best-in-class AI training to nurture and develop talent across the UAE and French AI ecosystems.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai to showcase digital transformation initiatives at GITEX Africa 2024

DUBAI: Digital Dubai on Wednesday announced the participation of Dubai in GITEX Africa 2024, which will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 29th to 31st May, with the participation of 130 countries.

Digital Dubai is organising the Dubai Pavilion at this event, featuring the participation of eight other government entities, including Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Digital DEWA, Department of Economy and Tourism, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Customs, Security Industry Regulatory Agency and DP World.

The Dubai Pavilion will witness the unveiling of several qualitative initiatives and projects, in addition to organising a series of business meetings attended by representatives of participating government entities and decision-makers in private sector companies, aiming to discover prospects for cooperation and partnership.

Commenting on this distinguished participation, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of Digital Dubai, said, “Our attendance at this event comes in line with the UAE’s wise leadership v
ision, which prioritises supporting the efforts of our friends in the African continent aiming at enhancing the role of innovation and modern technology in realising a comprehensive and sustainable economic renaissance. This participation enables us to identify the opportunities within the realm of digital transformation in Africa and to discuss prospects for cooperation and investment between the UAE and other participating countries.”

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CABSAT 2024 to kick off tomorrow in Dubai

DUBAI: CABSAT, the Middle East’s flagship event for content, broadcast, satellite, media, and entertainment, will launch its 30th edition at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday.

With more than 450 exhibitors and over 18,000 expected visitors, CABSAT serves as a key destination for networking, career advancement, and keeping up to date on the latest developments and insights into the industry and the content-driven ecosystems of the MEASA.

This year’s show also features a dynamic talks programme, with the return of the Content Congress, SATEXPO Summit, and NextGen Content, which enables screening of unreleased content to the region’s best content creators, distributors, and investors.

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Registrations of eco-friendly cars up 46.8pct in Romania in April 2024

BUCHAREST: New cars registrations increased by 33.2 percent in Romania, in April 2024, compared to the same period last year, with the ‘electrified’ segment reporting a surge of 46.8% and a market share of 23.5% of the total market, reads data released by the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA) on Monday.

In general terms, new cars registrations increased by 38.3% y-o-y, and by 40.9%, respectively, compared to March 2024. By type of fuel, gasoline engine and mild hybrid eyed an increase of 29.9pct, in April this year, compared to the same month last year, reaching a share of 64,3pct in the total market.

Also, diesel plus mild hybrid engines recorded an increase of 27.4pct and a share of 12.2pct in the total market. On the other hand, ‘green’ vehicles, namely electrified ones (100pct and plug-in hybrids), as well as full hybrids held, in April, a market share of 23.5pct, which exceeds by 11.3pct the share held by diesel engines, which also includes mild hybrid diesel engines.

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Digital technologies facilitate wildlife conservation in China’s Xinjiang

XINJIANG: Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has made great strides in preserving its diverse flora and fauna by implementing a smart wildlife conservation system that utilises modern information technology such as satellite tracking systems, infrared cameras, drones, video surveillance devices, remote sensing equipment, and ranger patrol apps.

According to People’s Daily Online, Xinjiang, a region in China known for its rich biodiversity, is home to more than 700 species of wild vertebrates, with 178 considered key wild animals under national protection.

Infrared cameras have become essential for monitoring and researching wild animals without disturbing them, said Ma Ming, a research fellow of Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

In recent years, the once-elusive snow leopard, a wild animal species under national first-class protection in China, has been frequently captured in videos and images, as infrared cameras have been widely used to mon
itor wild animals, according to Ma.

In addition to technological means on the ground, satellites and drones have also become part of Xinjiang’s wildlife conservation system. The Xinjiang Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve has established a space-air-ground integrated monitoring system comprising satellites, drones, and ground monitoring facilities to track and monitor wild Bactrian camels, a species under China’s first-class national protection.

At Xinjiang’s Bosten Lake, an important habitat for migratory birds in China, experts from the National Bird Banding Centre of China have fitted birds with satellite tracking devices to better understand and study their migration patterns, distribution, seasonal movements, and population structures.

In the Kalamaili Nature Reserve of Xinjiang, information about the locations of the endangered Przewalski’s horse is displayed in real-time on large screens at the reserve’s command centre. Unmanned drones stationed deep within the reserve can autonomously take
off and track wild animals, monitor for fires, and assist with the emergency response after receiving instructions from the command centre.

Xinjiang has accelerated the construction of its smart wildlife conservation system in recent years. The region’s forestry and grassland bureau has signed strategic cooperation agreements with the Xinjiang branches of China Telecom and China Mobile to promote the application of advanced technologies in various areas.

As Xinjiang’s smart wildlife conservation system continues to evolve, the region’s ecological conservation efforts are shifting towards applying more advanced technologies such as cloud computing and big data analysis, making human-nature interactions more visible and tangible.

Source: Emirates News Agency