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DevOps and Cybersecurity analyst tops the most searched jobs in Saudi

Riyadh: The information technology sector is experiencing a surge of growth in Saudi Arabia, especially in the areas of cybersecurity and digital transformation. According to a report by Gulf Business, the IT job market in Saudi Arabia was expected to grow by 9% in 2022, driven by demand for cybersecurity and digital transformation specialists. The Saudi Arabian government's investment in digital transformation initiatives and smart city projects, coupled with the shift towards remote work and digital services, are driving the growth in demand for IT professionals.Qrator Labs, a DDoS mitigation service provider and an expert in the continuous availability of Internet resources, made a study on the job market rom 2022 to 2023 in Saudi Arabia. The report shows that the top three IT vacancies people are searching for in Saudi Arabia include DevOps engineer and Cybersecurity analyst. These positions have seen significant growth in search queries, with DevOps engineers growing by 100% and network engineers growing by 133.3%. At the same time, MCSE Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer has as well 100% growth in searches in Google in Saudi Arabia.The report also highlights the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in Saudi Arabia. Cybersecurity work-related search queries jumped by 353% from 2022 to 2023. This trend is expected to continue in Saudi Arabia, as the government invests in cybersecurity initiatives and organizations focus on protecting their digital assets from cyber threats.The report also notes the growing interest in remote work opportunities in Saudi Arabia, as the country continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shift towards remote work is creating new opportunities for IT professionals who can support digital transformation initiatives and remote work infrastructure.The IT job market in Saudi Arabia is booming, driven by the demand for cybersecurity and digital transformation professionals. As organizations continue to invest in digital initiatives and the government supports smart city projects, the demand for IT professionals is expected to continue growing.
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How women-led tech startups drive innovations

Dubai: The tech industry has traditionally been male-dominated, but women entrepreneurs are making significant strides and changing the game with fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. Women-led tech startups are driving change and creating a more diverse and inclusive industry.A Citigroup report published in 2022 revealed that increasing female representation in the tech industry could add $2 trillion to global GDP. This highlights the importance of creating more opportunities and providing support for women to pursue careers in this field. It is evident that there is a need for increased initiatives aimed at encouraging and empowering women to take on roles in tech.Women entrepreneurs bring unique strengths to the tech industry, including empathy, collaboration, and creativity. They are breaking down barriers and paving the way for future generations of women in tech.However, data from the PitchBook Platform reveals that in 2022, companies founded exclusively by women received only 2.1% of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups in the US, emphasizing the persistent gender disparity that exists in the venture capital industry. This highlights the need for greater investment in female-led startups.Realiste, an AI-powered proptech company based in Dubai, is proud to have a significant number of women in leadership roles, including Anastasia Denisova, the CEO of Realiste in the MENA region. Under Anastasia's leadership, the company has integrated with 27 real estate developers, attracted more than 50,000 users, and achieved impressive growth. This demonstrates the valuable perspective and expertise that women bring to leadership roles in the tech industry.A report by the Dubai Future Foundation shows that women now make up 45% of the UAE's startup workforce, a significant increase from previous years, indicating a growing trend towards greater gender diversity in the startup industry in the MENA region."Women entrepreneurs bring a unique perspective to leadership in tech that can lead to better innovation and problem-solving," said Anastasia Denisova, CEO of Realiste MENA. "At Realiste, we are committed to promoting inclusivity in all aspects of our operations, and we are proud to see the trend of women's rising role in tech entrepreneurship in MENA."It is clear that there is a need for greater support for women entrepreneurs in the tech industry, such as extending support services, promoting training opportunities that foster growth and development, facilitating access to capital for women business owners, and promoting a female entrepreneurial culture. By providing these resources and opportunities, we can help create a more inclusive and equitable industry that benefits not only women entrepreneurs but also the tech industry and the economy as a whole. It is time to take action and work towards creating a brighter and more diverse future for women in tech entrepreneurship.
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Employees preparing for a tech-focused world: Pearson Skills Outlook

Dubai: Globally, workers are focused on developing their human skills, even as they see a future dominated by technology-driven work and automation, according to a new study from Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. For the latest edition of the Pearson Skills Outlook series, Pearson partnered with Google to examine how and why people across different regions are looking to upskill as they face a rapidly changing economy.Pearson Skills Outlook: Employee View, the survey of 4,000 workers, revealed that people are most interested in careers in the tech and business-related fields such as e-commerce, software services, data science, and financial services. However, they believe that they will need to focus on human skills to land these jobs or advance in their current role. They believe human skills – like problem solving, leadership, and teamwork – are the most attractive to employers now and in the future.According to the report, problem solving, decision-making, teamwork, and leadership are the key human skills that workers are actively prioritizing developing and maintaining to advance their careers. Looking to the future, most skills workers want to train for remain focused on human skills such as Leadership; Entrepreneurial skills and Project management [Tie], Problem solving, Language skills, Coding / Programming, Data processing, and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning [Tie].The report also signals that in non-English speaking countries, learning English is emerging as a key skill for employees to advance in their careers, according to 85 percent of Indians and 77 percent of Brazilians.“This valuable new research shows that job seekers are prioritizing human skills at a time when machine learning and artificial intelligence are having an increasing influence on work,” said Mike Howells, president of Pearson Workforce Skills. “Human skills are proving critical to personal and organizational success, and workers are motivated to sharpen and develop those skills to stay competitive and advance their careers.”The study also found that the majority of workers (73 percent of Americans, 68 percent of British, 89 percent of Indians and 70 percent of Brazilians) also say they prefer to learn via their employer. And an even higher number expect their employer will increase or maintain learning and development opportunities.In a world where people are living and working longer, and having multiple careers, the Skills Outlook series provides guidance to employers, employees, and job seekers on where they should focus their training, education, and learning. While Pearson’s second Skills Outlook report, conducted in September 2022, examined skilling through an employees’ lens, the first study identified the most in-demand skills from an employer’s perspective.
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Xiaomi opens flagship store in the UAE at Dubai Mall

Dubai:  Xiaomi, a leading global technology company, recently opened its biggest flagship store in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Dubai Mall. The much-awaited official store opening took place on April 26th at an exciting event attended by technology enthusiasts and Xiaomi fans across the country, in the presence of Ronnie Wang, General Manager of Xiaomi Middle East and Levant, Arjun Batra, Country Manager of Xiaomi UAE, Tony Qin, Head of Xiaomi Middle East Retail, Ria Yu, C1 General Manager, and Yuchen Han, C1 Retail General Manager.Xiaomi's Dubai Mall store is a testament to the company's commitment to expanding its presence in the Middle East. It is a significant milestone for Xiaomi in bringing its innovative products closer to customers in the region. The store covers 6600 square feet making it Xiaomi’s biggest flagship store in the Middle East and one of Xiaomi’s biggest in the world."Our commitment to making quality technology accessible to everyone is reflected in our Dubai Mall store, the largest Xiaomi store in the world among our 1,400 stores worldwide, excluding China and India. Since the first Xiaomi store opening in 2017, Xiaomi has been bringing the concept of smart homes into daily lives. We are grateful for our consumers and Mi fans' unwavering support and promise to provide better quality products and the best shopping experience possible." said Arjun Batra.The event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony which was followed by a range of interactive activities for the attendees to participate in. As the event progressed, the crowd was thrilled to see the cyber dog make an appearance on stage, which added to the excitement of the event.The opening was attended by numerous top influencers, including Ajman Khan and Roman Khan, who actively engaged with their fans and followers present at the event.Among the products displayed are smartphones, laptops, smart devices, and home appliances, featuring the latest Redmi Note 12 series, Xiaomi Electric Scooter 4 Ultra, Xiaomi 13, and more. The store's design aligns with Xiaomi's global branding standards, creating an immersive and interactive environment. Customers can test Xiaomi's latest products, explore their features and capabilities, and learn about technology trends.In celebration of the opening of the new store, Xiaomi is offering a 50% discount on all products to the first 350 customers, and a 30% discount to the next 400.Xiaomi's Dubai Mall store is located on the Ground Floor, in China Town. It is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 12:00 am.
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VADR Media acquires Szuperchess

Dubai: VADR Media has acquired Szuperchess, which provides AI Gaze tracking anti-cheat technology, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition aligns with VADR Media's development of Checkmate.live, an esports-first chess tournament and broadcasting platform that uses technology to enable players of all skill levels to compete for cash prizes, credits, and collectibles. Created by chess players for chess players, SzuperChess aims to meet a great need in the online chess sector: to effectively control and detect those players who cheat, so that tournaments can be carried out in a professional and safe way.The technology developed by Szuperchess monitors players in real-time during competitive matches to ensure a level playing field. VADR Media has also secured partnerships with key governance bodies, including the Asian Chess Federation and Arab Esports Federation, and a partnership with Tencent Cloud to promote fair play in chess and beyond. The Esports Integrity Commission has commended VADR's efforts to promote integrity measures in chess and online gaming. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakboot Al Nahayan, president of the Asian Chess Federation, has expressed excitement about the opportunities for players that the partnership with Checkmate will bring.“Technology has played an important part in the journey and development of sports over the years, often overlooking chess. In recent years, the onset of online gaming and internet improvements has enabled greater access globally. The lack of effective integrity measures for online chess have also been a concern for the community hindering greater involvement," said Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakboot Al Nahayan. Stephen Hanna, director of Global Strategy and Partnerships, Esports Integrity Commission, said: “The VADR team has shown that they are gearing up to be leaders in promoting integrity measures in chess and online, and we are delighted to be working with them to bring fair play and true competitive integrity to casual and tournaments.”The collaboration between Checkmate and the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) will provide exciting prospects for the players, as it opens doors for competitive online tournaments and increased opportunities. The ACF was convinced to associate with Checkmate, mainly due to its dedication to improving the integrity of online chess and its ability to create a solution that aligns with ACF's future vision.
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UAE launches global competition for sustainability-focused tech start-ups

Abu Dhabi: In line with UAE Net Zero 2050 and the UAE’s direction towards sustainable economic development and industrial decarbonization, the Ministry of the Industry and Advanced Technology is hosting high potential technology start-ups with a focus on sustainability and decarbonization to participate in a start-up competition launched ahead of COP28.The Ministry created the Make it in the Emirates Start-up Competition to provide technology start-ups with a platform where they can meet investors and network with policy makers and industry partners.The competition invites transformative start-ups seeking to have a global impact to showcase and pitch new innovations and technologies and provides them with the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest minds working in the fields of sustainability, manufacturing and technology. The competition will also provide the startups with the opportunity to further develop and deploy their technologies in the UAE in collaboration with various industry partners. The Make it in the Emirates Startup Competition seeks to enable forward-looking technology startups with pioneering sustainability related innovations that can transform and green existing industries, while also seeding the green industries of the future.Taking place at the Make it in the Emirates Forum from 31 May to 1 June, the competition is open to just 24 start-ups from all over the world. Startups from various sectors with a focus on sustainability, decarbonization-and digitalization are welcomed to apply.Tariq Al Hashimi, Director of Advanced Technology Adoption and Development at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology said: “We are living in an age in which start-ups have the power to disrupt entire industries and rewrite the playbook. These startups also have promising solutions for some of the world’s most pressing issues including climate change. However, access to funding and other enablers remains a huge challenge for startups all over the world. That is why the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology is leveraging the Make it in the Emirates Forum as platform to provide promising tech-driven, sustainability-focused companies with a stage at one of the region’s largest and most attended industrial investment events to pitch, learn and connect.Al Hashimi added: “Start-ups participating in the competition will be able to access unique investment and collaboration opportunities, as well as get exposed to a suite of incentives offered by the UAE’s Advanced Technology ecosystem. The Ministry is committed to supporting companies of all sizes as part of our mission to create an industrial and technology ecosystem that generates inclusive and sustainable economic growth.”Start-ups can apply here: https://moiat.typeform.com/to/EiBm1pnJ. Applications close on May 5 2023.The 24 start-ups will initially be selected from the pool of submissions based on the innovation they have demonstrated, their disruptive potential, their scalability and sustainability, as well as their marketing potential, competitive advantage, and positive social impact.The judging panel will include representatives from Aspire, EDGE Group, Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, Technology Innovation Institute, Dubai Industrial City, UAE University and Strata.The competition is one of several initiatives launched under the Make it in the Emirates umbrella. Make it in the Emirates aims to attract investors, industrialists and innovators to the UAE to benefit from the country’s competitive advantages.In 2022, MoIAT launched the inaugural Make it in the Emirates Forum, which received the attendance of around 1,800 stakeholders, including investors from around the world. The forum resulted in offtake agreements worth AED 110 billion with national enterprises committing to purchase more than 300 products from local suppliers to support their future growth plans.The second Make it in the Emirates Forum, which takes place at the Abu Dhabi Energy Centre, aims to build on this success and is set to draw significant interest and attendance from across the region and beyond.
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How female leaders are set to take 30% of the MENA tech industry

Dubai: The tech industry has traditionally been male-dominated, but in recent years, women have been increasingly making their mark in the sector, particularly in the field of technology. The MENA region, in particular, has seen a rise in the number of women taking on leadership roles in real estate tech companies, paving the way for a more diverse and inclusive industry.According to a report by McKinsey, gender-diverse companies are 25% more likely to have above-average profitability compared to their peers. This suggests that the rise of women leaders in the real estate tech industry could have significant economic benefits for the MENA region.One such leader is Anastasia Denisova is the CEO of Realiste MENA, a proptech startup based in Dubai that uses artificial intelligence to digitize global housing markets and make them more efficient, transparent, and attractive to property investors. Realiste MENA covers 20 cities worldwide, including Dubai, New York, London, and Riyadh, and aims to expand its presence to over 30 additional cities by the end of 2023. Under Anastasia's leadership, Realiste MENA has integrated with 27 real estate developers in Dubai, attracted more than 50,000 users, and increased monthly revenue in Dubai from zero to $1M by the end of 2022.“I believe that the greatest contribution was made by educational institutions. Many countries in the region invest in education and provide better access to technology-related fields, resulting in women graduating with engineering degrees at higher rates than more technologically advanced countries such as the US, the UK, and Japan. In some Gulf states, more than half of engineering students are female.Overall, women in the MENA countries comprise nearly half, and sometimes more, of STEM students at the university level. Eleven of the 18 Arab states have a majority of female science graduates. This trend has resulted in women playing a significant role in high-profile tech projects in the region, such as the UAE's Mars Hope probe, where women made up 80% of the scientists involved.I have also observed that women who have accomplished notable feats in the business field become role models for others and provide support to the women's community. Our advisory board includes several individuals who serve as such examples. One such person is Aisha Bin Bishr, Vice Chairwoman at Emaar Development, who was recently recognized by Forbes Middle East as one of the 100 Most Powerful Businesswomen of 2023. Another exceptional role model is Fatima Al Jaber, who serves as a Board member and Head of the Projects Committee at Al Jaber Group, one of the Middle East's most prominent construction and infrastructure companies.”, Anastasia Denisova says.Anastasia's success is a testament to the crucial role that women play in MENA's real estate technology industry. Women are driving innovation and progress in the region, from startups like Realiste MENA to established companies like Emaar, which is led by Aisha Bin Bishr, Vice Chairwoman of the Board. The MENA region has long been known for its conservative attitudes towards women in the workplace, but the growing number of female leaders in the real estate technology industry is helping to break down these barriers and create new opportunities for women . Anastasia believes that women may make up to 30% of the tech industry in the MENA region by 2030.Women are breaking down barriers in the real estate tech industry and inspiring a new generation of female entrepreneurs to pursue careers in the field. According to a report by the Dubai Future Foundation, women now make up 45% of the UAE's startup workforce, a significant increase from just a few years ago.It is clear that women are playing an increasingly important role in shaping the future of the MENA real estate tech industry. By promoting gender diversity and inclusion, these women leaders are not only paving the way for future generations but also contributing to the economic growth and success of the region as a whole.