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RTA Unveils Prototype of Hyperloop Design

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RTA is all set to unveil the initial design of the Hyperloop, which will be exhibited for the first time in the world, in collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One, as part of its participation in the UAE Innovation Month. RTA will also exhibit several initiatives such as Autonomous Pods, High-Frequency Express Buses, and the Urban Mobility Innovation Index (UMii).

“The launch of these initiatives is in implementation of the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. It is also part of RTA’s efforts to provide autonomous transport, which requires carrying out technological tests on these means under Dubai’s climatic conditions. It reflects RTA’s strategy to transform 25% of total journeys in Dubai into driverless transport using different means by 2030. The strategy is focused on integrating public transit means with people’s happiness through the provision of smooth, express and innovative mobility means that support the efforts of ranking the UAE among the top 20 countries in the UMii by 2021,” said Al Tayer.


The Hyperloop is part of RTA’s initiatives for Dubai Future Accelerators. RTA and Virgin Hyperloop One Company have made considerable progress in the technical, engineering and economic feasibility study of the Project. Progress made also included identifying the routes for operating the Hyperloop along with its initial design model, which will be exhibited for the first time in the world. The Hyperloop boasts of deluxe interiors, cutting-edge broadcasting & display of information and entertainment materials as well as leather seats.

The Hyperloop technology uses an electromagnetic propulsion system to accelerate the movement of goods and services through a vacuum tube. The system is designed to assist the levitation of the capsule slightly off the track within the tube and move it at speed up to 1200 km/hour. Accordingly, the Hyperloop can travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes, and lift about 10,000 passengers per hour in both directions.

“When introduced in future, the Hyperloop technology will impact the town planning and the availability of parking spaces. It will revolutionize people mobility between various destinations in the city, logistical hubs like airports & ports, and shipping patterns,” commented Al Tayer. During the UAE Innovation Month, the RTA will exhibit the Self-Driving Transport Pods Project which will undergo trial runs as announced by the RTA during the World Government Summit. These pods, the first of its kind worldwide, have been designed to travel over short and medium distances on dedicated lanes.

They can be coupled in 15 to 20 seconds or detached, depending on the destination of riders, in 5 seconds. They are fitted with cameras and electromechanical technologies to carry out the coupling and detaching processes, and this feature can be activated in-motion. Each pod is designed to travel short and medium distances and has a capacity to accommodate ten riders (six seated, four standing).

The RTA will also exhibit the UMii with the aim of maximising potential benefits, enhancing collaboration with cities, benchmarking mobility innovation, providing a database of cities with advanced innovative mobility, and the ranking & benchmarking various mobility innovation pillars measured by the Umii. These innovations are aimed at achieving self-improvement through sharing expertise and using joint indicators towards implementing RTA’s Self-Driving Transport Strategy; which is compatible with Dubai Smart Self-Driving Transport Strategy.

RTA’s participation in the UAE Innovation Month includes organizing an exhibition in RTA’s premises displaying Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, displaying future transport projects, and holding an innovation lab in addition to workshops and lectures hosting global experts and speakers.

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HUAWEI XMAGE Global Exhibition Debuts in Dubai

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Huawei opened its first-ever HUAWEI XMAGE Global Exhibition, titled “A Heartwarming World – 12 Years of Huawei Photography” on May 8th, 2024, at Alserkal Avenue, the cultural district of Dubai, UAE, marking the largest photography exhibition in Huawei’s history. HUAWEI XMAGE Awards 2024, the annual competition that celebrates Huawei’s open platform for smartphone photographic excellence, officially kicked off during the opening. Now in its eighth year, the competition aims to inspire consumers to unleash their creativity and imagination through Huawei’s leading XMAGE imaging technology.

The exhibition, themed “A Heartwarming World,” showcases nearly 300 photographs captured on Huawei smartphones. Selected from millions of submissions, these images depict moments of warmth, tranquillity, and joy from every corner of the globe, demonstrating the relatable moments of everyday life. Through powerful technology and experiences, the exhibition aims to ignite imagination, creativity, and a deeper appreciation for the life, story and emotions beyond what’s captured in these images.

The exhibition highlights the rapid evolution of mobile photography over the past decade. Featuring photos taken with Huawei smartphones released over 12 years. It demonstrates Huawei’s commitment to driving innovation in mobile imaging technology. Through photography competitions, community events, and trend reports, Huawei has played a key role in promoting mobile photography culture. Recently, the HUAWEI P series, known for its cutting-edge smartphone camera technologies, has been upgraded to the HUAWEI Pura series. This evolution, along with the continued development of HUAWEI XMAGE takes smartphone photography to new heights.

The exhibition explores eight different themes: The Secrets of Mother Nature, Landscapes and Spaces, A Dialogue with Animals, The Story of Life, You and Me, The Joy of Sports, The Power of Moments, and The World of Youth.

“In an era dominated by technology and speed, it’s easy for people to be overwhelmed by external noise and stress,” noted Chen Xiaobo, exhibition curator and 9th Vice President of the China Photographers Association. “It’s reassuring to see creators worldwide capturing and conveying heartwarming moments with Huawei smartphones. These images act as bridges that resonate with souls, transmitting genuine warmth and beauty.”

The HUAWEI XMAGE Awards 2024 launched officially during the exhibition’s opening ceremony. As an open platform celebrating smartphone photographic excellence, the annual competition encourages the use of unique perspectives and creativity, pushing the boundaries of mobile photography artistry. Since its beginning in 2017, users from more than 170 countries and regions have contributed nearly 4 million entries to this yearly competition.

This year’s XMAGE Awards introduces four new categories – Moments, Faces, So Far So Close, and Style, showcasing Huawei’s prowess in Snapshot, Portrait photography, telephoto and macro photography, and colour styling. Additionally, new awards such as “Best of Pura Series and “Best of Mate series” have been created to encourage exploration using Huawei’s flagship camera systems.

The competition also welcomed a new panel of esteemed judges: Chen Xiaobo (9th Vice President of the China Photographers Association), Keith Ladzinski (National Geographic Photographer and Emmy Nominated Director), James Perolls (Fashion Photographer and Director), Susi Belianska (Portrait Photographer and Visual Artist), and Li Changzhu (Huawei Consumer Business Group). This panel will select the most compelling works.

Registration for the HUAWEI XMAGE Awards 2024 is now open, with entries closing on September 15, 2024, at 24:00 Beijing time (GMT+8). For more information and to enter the competition, please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/campaign/xmage

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HUAWEI Launches GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity

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Huawei has officially kicked off the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity. From 5 January 2024 to 29 February 2024, participants can showcase their digital art skills in an online activity that embodies Huawei’s commitment to fostering creativity. The HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity is a platform for creative individuals or anyone passionate about creating. With Huawei tablets designed to deliver delightful creative features, the activity aims to inspire creativity and empower more people to engage in artistic pursuits and to bring to life the concept of ‘Creation of Beauty’.

Recently, Huawei elevated the creative experience with the release of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2”, the ultimate tablet for creativity. It features a flexible OLED screen and an ultra-thin and lightweight design, with a stunning 94% screen-to-body ratio. Paired with the HUAWEI M-Pencil (3rd generation), which offers a 10,000+ pressure sensing level, the tablet enables mastery over a variety of artistic styles. Designed for creative minds, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” ensures that your artistic vision is captured with unmatched precision and ease.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” pre-orders are now available in the UAE at a price of AED3,399 with gifts worth AED 1,696 including HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2, the HUAWEI M-Pencil (3rd generation), Magnetic Keyboard, 3 months of free HUAWEI Care + and Microsoft Office 365. Customers who order the 512GB version of the tablet will also receive the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2. The MatePad Pro 13.2” is available on Huawei’s official website and retailers.

Following this launch, the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity is extending the invitation to those passionate about art to continually inspire and energise their creative spirit. If you believe that to create is a universal calling, Huawei invites you to pick up your digital brush and ‘GoPaint’!

HUAWEI GoPaint will reward winners with a creation fund, including:

  • Best Creative Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Best Visual Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Best Storytelling Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Most Popular Award (2 winners): $5000
  • Honourable Mention (15 winners): $2000

How to Participate
To participate in the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity, simply submit your artwork in either of the following methods, before the submission deadline, 29 February 2024 at 24:00 Beijing Time (GMT +8):

Method 1: Open My HUAWEI app on your phone or tablet, register within the app, and submit your work on the GoPaint page in the app.

Method 2: Post your work on Instagram or Facebook with #HUAWEIGoPaint, and mention the huaweimobile official account.

A Creative Journey Through Culture, Cityscapes, and Characters

HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity consists of three conceptual categories:

  • Culture – Culture is the calling of all creators, the essence of our soul, where experience meets inspiration, and possibilities are endless.
  • City – If the world is a blank canvas, its cities are the lines, dots and brushstrokes that colour it.
  • Character – We are nothing without the people around us. The everyday acts of kindness, bravery, love, and resilience that give our lives meaning and purpose.

Submission Requirements
Artworks should be submitted in either JPG or PNG format, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, and a file size of no more than 20 MB. Each uploaded work must have a 30 to 80-word text description. Participants are encouraged to carefully review each category before submitting their work to the most suitable one. Participants can only use HUAWEI tablets to create their artwork – any model is acceptable.

For more details, please visit the official website: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/campaign/gopaint/

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Nothing Apparel Drop 1 Announced

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Nothing, the London-based consumer tech brand, has announced the first of several Limited Drops for its inaugural Apparel collection. The first two pieces will be available to purchase on nothing.tech from 11:00 GMT on Thursday 7 December and at Nothing Store Soho.

GCC customers can get their hands on the Limited First Drop exclusively at the Nothing Pop-up in Soledxb festival,  from 8-10 December and from 11th December onwards at FRAME Boutique till stock last. An ode to the 1970s IBM factory floor, the Labcoat embodies Nothing’s founding design principle: transparency.

Product details below:

  • Regular fit and thigh length
  • Multiple pockets with zip closures
  • Back bottom hem vent for mobility
  • Right chest pocket with multiple compartments and zip closure
  • Inside adjustable waist with drawstring
  • Hanger loop at back neck
  • YKK Natulon zippers made from recycled materials including PET bottles. Yarn used in the tape is made from 99% post-consumer recycled material.
  • Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
  • 100% biodegradable plant-based packaging

To top things off, there is the Transparent Cap (one size) that pairs effortlessly with Nothing’s Transparent Labcoat (available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes). Conceptualised with teenage engineering, Nothing Apparel is focused on quality-driven wardrobe staples designed to withstand the test of time, featuring a line of caps, coats, tracksuits and more.

The Transparent Cap will be sold at AED 149 and the Transparent Labcoat at AED 699. Further Apparel drops will be announced in 2024. Apparel will be available in all current markets where Nothing sells directly to consumers on nothing.tech.

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