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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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

China completes construction of space weather telescope


BEIJING: China completed the construction of its first interplanetary scintillation observation telescope — a device used for studying space weather, in Xilingol League, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Friday.

The telescope project, independently developed by China, is spearheaded by the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as reported by China Central Television. It comprises a primary station and two auxiliary stations.

The telescope will efficiently conduct the observation of interplanetary space weather on a daily basis to provide high-quality data for both China and international space weather forecasting.

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MBRSC announces commencement of new phase of second analog study with Emirati crew member Shareef AlRomaithi


DUBAI: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced the commencement of phase two of the second analog study under the UAE Analog Programme, with Emirati crew member Shareef AlRomaithi entering the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) habitat at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA at 2 AM (UAE time) on Saturday.

AlRomaithi was joined by his fellow primary crew members Jason Lee, Stephanie Navarro, and Piyumi Wijesekara, as they embarked on the 45-day mission within the HERA facility. The alternate crew members for this mission are Jose Baca and Brandon Kent. The unique three-story habitat simulates space-like conditions on Earth, designed to study how crew members adapt to isolation, confinement, and remote conditions similar to those they would face on long-duration space missions.

Throughout their simulated journey in HERA, the team will engage in scientific research and operational tasks. This mission on Earth includes a virtual reality ‘walk’ on Mars’s surface and mana
ging increasing communication delays with Mission Control Center as they simulate nearing Mars. The crew is scheduled to leave the facility on June 24.

Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General, MBRSC said, ‘The UAE Analog Programme is a cornerstone of our vision to integrate advanced scientific research with our strategic objectives, positioning the UAE as a leader in space technology both regionally and internationally. Through these detailed Earth-based simulations in collaboration with our partners at NASA, we are meticulously preparing our cadres for the vast challenges of deep space exploration, establishing the UAE and the broader Arab world as pivotal players in the international space community and inspiring generations to expand the horizons of human potential.’

The second analog study under the UAE Analog Programme is part of a comprehensive four-phase analog study, consisting of 18 human health studies on Earth. These studies are aimed at understanding the physiological, behavioural, and psychologi
cal responses of crew members under conditions similar to those expected on future lunar and Martian exploration missions. The UAE also plays a pivotal role in these ground-breaking research initiatives, with scientific experiments being provided by the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), and American University of Sharjah (AUS), across all four phases of the analog study.

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‘Extreme’ G5 geomagnetic storm reaches Earth, NOAA says, following ‘unusual’ solar event


WASHINGTON: An “extreme” G5 geomagnetic storm reached Earth on Friday, NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center said, after issuing a watch earlier in the day warning of the potential for a severe impact.

According to CBS News, the watch followed days of solar activity that sent several explosions of plasma and magnetic fields toward Earth.

G5 is the strongest level of geomagnetic storm, on a scale from G1 to G5.

“Widespread voltage control problems and protective system problems can occur,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns. “Some grid systems may experience complete collapse or blackouts. Transformers may experience damage.”

Radio transmissions and satellite navigation may also be disrupted.

The last G5 geomagnetic storm, in October 2003, caused power outages in Sweden and damaged transformers in South Africa.

Source: Emirates News Agency

China’s Chang’e 6 robotic probe enters lunar orbit


BEIJING: China’s Chang’e 6 robotic probe entered a lunar orbit on Wednesday morning and started flying around the Moon, according to the China National Space Administration.

China Daily quoted the administration as saying that, guided with precision by spacecraft control experts at the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre, the Chang’e 6 probe executed a braking maneuver as it neared the lunar surface, subsequently achieving successful entry into lunar orbit at 10:12 am.

Before the crucial maneuver, the 8.35-metric-ton Chang’e 6 had flown nearly 113 hours along an Earth-Moon transfer trajectory.

A key orbital control measure for any lunar mission, the braking operation is performed to reduce the spacecraft’s speed to make sure it can be captured by the Moon’s gravitational field rather than accidentally flying past the celestial body.

The Chang’e 6 spacecraft was launched by a Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket on Friday afternoon at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan province, in an attempt to rea
lise the world’s first expedition to bring samples from the lunar far side back to Earth.

The Chang’e 6 spacecraft is designed and built by the Beijing-based China Academy of Space Technology and consists of four components – an orbiter, a lander, an ascender, and a reentry capsule.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation participates in educational Conference in Riyadh


SHARJAH: The Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation (SSEF) participated in the Educational Innovation Conference held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

At the conference, the foundation presented a comprehensive study on the role of the pioneering educational project “Teach with Pen,” which provides psychological and educational guidance to orphans. The Conference served as a platform to showcase and celebrate innovative approaches to education.

Mona Al-Suwaidi, Director-General of SSEF, expressed the foundation’s commitment to knowledge sharing and collaboration, “We actively participate in such events to exchange ideas and experiences. It’s crucial to stay updated on new developments in education to better serve and care for orphans.”

Al-Suwaidi elaborated on the SSEF study, involving 972 orphans across Sharjah, central, and eastern regions, benefiting from “Teach with Pen.” The study underscored the importance of integrating academic support with psychological and educational guidance to enhance educational outco
mes and well-being for orphaned children.

She further highlighted the initiative’s practical applications through psychological and educational counselling programmes. “Teach with Pen” serves as a benchmark for the foundation, bridging the gap between theory and practice in education and psychology.

The study also addressed the impact of adverse psychological conditions on academic performance, a recurring challenge addressed in the programme’s counseling services.

Al-Suwaidi emphasised the need for further programme development, “This study is a valuable resource for educators. We must continuously improve such programmes to better support orphaned children.”

The conference served as a platform for discussing a wide range of topics pertinent to educational innovation, including the development of teaching methods, curriculum enhancement, educational administration, and supervision. It also addressed the utilisation of educational psychology and specialised fields such as special education to further enri
ch educational practices and outcomes.

Source: Emirates News Agency