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Arabian Business Roundtable: What does innovation mean in the Middle East?

Arabian Business Enterprise Innovators Series, in association with UPS, focuses on technological advances in the region

Arabian Business Roundtable: What does innovation mean in the Middle East?

The launch of the Arabian Business Enterprise Innovators Series, in association with UPS, aims to highlight and showcase companies and individuals across the region's business community who are embracing technological advances and becoming the key catalysts for change and innovation.

To mark the start of the series, Arabian Business held a roundtable discussion at the website’s headquarters at ITP Media Group in Dubai Media City and welcomed seven experts from a range of background, including real estate, retail, logistics, banking, academia, consultancy and transport, to discuss the topic of innovation and what it means in the Middle East.

The series is looking for local companies to get involved in the initiative. Our coverage will run across print, online, social media and video and we are looking for organisations to tell us about the programmes, ideas and practices they are working on and the impact and improvements they have witnessed across some of the sectors below:

Robotics and automation: The UAE has always been a hub for trade and logistics in the region. At the same time, the fast-growing e-commerce sector and the digitalisation of almost every market has had a phenomenal impact. How do the physical and digital worlds collaborate?

Drones: The flying devices have made headlines for disrupting airspace and airports, but they are slowly being incorporated as fundamental parts of the challenge to deliver goods and services to every part of the globe. How is your company embracing drones?

Healthcare: This sector was previously all about treatment and less about prevention. Healthcare professionals are now increasingly developing new devices to predict illnesses and ailments and to bring the sector out of the hospital and into the home.

Facial recognition: Speed and security are two key considerations for many companies. Technological advances such as facial recognition are providing answers to these challenges.

3D Printing: Dubai is already at the forefront of this technological journey, but beyond construction, what practical applications does this new trend offer?

Artificial Intelligence: More than just robots replacing jobs, many companies are using AI to reduce mundane work practices.

Electric vehicles: While the region has a high percentage of car usage, it has been slow to embrace electric models. What are doing to be more sustainable in their transport strategies?

Fintech: Dubai has ambitions to increasingly move to become a cashless society, especially as e-commerce grows and digital payment systems become more mainstream. What are the innovations in this highly regulated sector?

If you would like to get involved in the Arabian Business Enterprise Innovators Series, in association with UPS, contact us at shane.mcginley@itp.com

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