ITP.net's tech 2017 round-up: April
Dubai cements smart transformation efforts, new law for drones and Virgin Mobile get a new group CEO
As Dubai prepares for a smart transformation, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council opened the Smart Dubai ‘Future Now' event, in April.
The event saw HH Sheikh Hamdan unveil the Smart Dubai 2021, the next phase in Dubai's smart transformation, as well as Dubai Pulse, the emirate's data platform. The move was aimed at continuing to deploy technology to improve people's lives and make Dubai the happiest in the world.
After acquiring SOUQ.com, Amazon continued to cement its presence in the region as it began to search for a logistics space to run its operations in the region. Additionally the US retailer began its recruitment activity to bring new staff to the UAE office.
Following on from the launch of the region's third mobile operator, Virgin Mobile, the company appointed Alan Gow as group CEO. Gow is also a co-founder of the original Virgin Mobile in the UK alongside Sir Richard Branson.
2016 saw drone intrusions at Dubai International Airport cause temporary closures, traffic disruptions and huge economic losses. In April, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) decided to clamp down on rogue drones by making it mandatory for all drone operators to apply for a license. Under the new regulations, retail outlets in the emirates, including grey market places like Dragon Mart, are restricted from selling drones unless the buyer has completed the DCAA registration process to procure a license.