Social Media “Influencers” Now Need a License in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates now requires all social media influencers, or in other terms those conducting commercial activities through social media to register for a government-issued license. The move aims to professionalize and regulate the industry according to the National Media Council. Anyone who is charging fees in exchange of promotional posts needs to register by June or face 5,000-dirham fines. Their website/account could face closure if they don't comply with the rules. You can…

Dubai to Build World’s largest Waste-to-energy Plant

Dubai is planning to build a $680M waste-to-energy plant capable of treating around 5,000 metric tons daily and generating enough power to run 120,000 homes, which is as much power "as 2,000 skyscrapers as big as the Burj Khalifa could consume – roughly two percent of Dubai’s annual electricity consumption". Dubai is partnering with Switzerland-based waste-to-energy technology company Hitachi Zosen Inova and Belgian construction company BESIX on the project, which is expected to be operating…

Skype Officially Blocked in the UAE

2 months ago
Skype now shares the same fate as Google’s Duo, Apple’s FaceTime or Whatsapp Video call as the UAE’s telecoms regulator (TRA) has confirmed that Skype has been blocked completely. Etisalat & du had already confirmed ...

UAE now has a Minister for Artificial Intelligence

5 months ago
Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, aged just 27, will be the UAE’s first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. The aim is to make the government rely further on AI technologies and prepare for the ...

Dubai Launched The World’s Largest Single-site Concentrated Solar Power

5 months ago
As part of the UAE Energy plan 2050, which aims at increasing clean energy use by 50 percent, Dubai is building the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant in one place, a project which will ...

The UAE Among the World’s “Stand Out” Digital Economies

6 months ago
The Digital Evolution Index is a data-led evaluation of digital development across 60 countries based on four key indicators, with about 170 indicators across them: – Supply Conditions – Demand Conditions – Institutional Environment – ...

Apple Pay Coming to the UAE

7 months ago
Apple Pay is expected to launch in the United Arab Emirates before the end of 2017, according to Apple CFO Luca Maestri who was speaking on Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings call. Here’s the complete statement: ...

No more Laptop Ban on Flights to the US

8 months ago
Trump’s ban on laptops and other electronics for flights from more than 10 Middle Eastern countries didn’t last long and was lifted on most of the airlines affected. Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Kuwait ...

Celebrating Eid: The Moon Shot on iPhone by Local Photographers

8 months ago
Apple invited five local amateur photographers to take part in their first-ever Eid campaign and shoot on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus the most iconic symbol of this special time of the year: the ...

Whatsapp Calls now Working in the UAE

9 months ago
So one of my friends tried calling me on Whatsapp on his Dubai number and the call went through somehow. I don’t know what changed now but Whatsapp calls are no longer blocked at least ...