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UAE Set as a Testing Ground for World’s Smallest Moon Rover With Legs



The UAE has been confirmed as an official testing location for new space technology of the Spacebit ‘Spider Moon Rover’, the smallest robotic moon rover in the world with legs not wheels. A prototype of the UK’s first ever Lunar Lander – the Spacebit ‘Lunar Lander-Hopper’ will be unveiled at this year’s Dubai Airshow from the 17th to the 21st of November at DWC’s airshow site.

Built by Spacebit, one of the lunar economy’s brightest stars, the Spacebit ‘Lunar Lander-Hopper’ is due to be developed in the UK, in cooperation with leading aerospace company, Yuzhnoye Design Buro. The Lander-Hopper prototype and a 3D model of the Spider Moon Rover will be displayed by Spacebit on the Yuzhnoye Design Buro stand at the airshow. As the UAE continues making significant strides into space exploration, Spacebit has also confirmed that its ‘Spider Moon Rover’, is scheduled to be tested in the Emirates prior to its launch in spring 2020.

The ‘Spider Moon Rover’ is currently in its final development stage and along with tests in the UK, will be tested on suitable grounds similar to the moon’s surface in Abu Dhabi. Research on a precise UAE testing location is underway, with Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain proving to offer the ideal terrain needed for the world’s smallest robotic moon rover with legs instead of wheels. It’s the first time any lunar exploration vehicle with legs has been sent into space to explore the surface of the moon.

With caves or underground ravines that are close in structure to the lunar lava tubes, testing in the UAE will offer the Spacebit team a close assessment on how it will operate as it explores the moon’s surface. Speaking about the unveiling of the Lunar Lander-Hopper, Spacebit CEO and founder, Pavlo Tanasyuk, commented: “Our Lunar Lander is different as it incorporates the ability to hop from one landing site to another. It has embedded additional hardware, control and navigation software that will provide further on-surface mobility by repurposing it as a hopper.”

The multi destination lunar lander will be designed to deliver 150kg or more of payload to one landing point on the lunar surface or 50kg or more of payload to up to three remote landing points on the lunar surface with a distance of up to 20 km. What sets the Spacebit Lunar Lander-Hopper apart from other designs is that it can re-land once it has set down on the moon’s surface. The Spacebit Lunar Lander-Hopper will be deployed to the surface of the moon and, once areas of exploration interest are identified, it will then boost up and re-fly to its newly selected destination.

Its design makes it completely terrain-independent and capable of travelling vast distances on the lunar surface faster than conventional on-surface rovers. The Spacebit Lunar Lander-Hopper will take another two to three years to be fully complete, but the testing of the engines will happen earlier. Lunar landers are required to be fairly robust as the moon has a long solar day and night.

Landers can be in direct sunlight for around two weeks at a time and then in complete darkness for another two weeks. This can cause thermal control issues, for which the expertise of Yuzhnoye Design Buro will play a crucial role in overcoming those challenges. Yuzhnoye Design Buro Head and General Director, Alexander Degtyarev, commented: “This is an exciting partnership for Yuzhnoye Design Buro and Spacebit. We are pleased to be working with Spacebit as part of our new ‘powered by Yuzhnoye’ initiative which lets new space companies such as Spacebit, gain critical space flight expertise much faster by tapping into our existing rich technology base, whilst developing new technologies together.”

The Spacebit Lunar Land-Hopper prototype and Spider Moon Rover 3D model will be on display at the Yuzhnoye Design Buro stand (number 1510), at the Dubai Airshow from Sunday, 17th to Thursday, 21st November 2019.

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HUAWEI Launches GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity



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:

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Nothing Apparel Drop 1 Announced



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 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

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Monkey Distribution to Open More Funko Stores in the Region



Monkey Distribution, the official franchise operator for Funko in the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled plans for an extensive retail expansion in the region. Set to launch in December, two new Funko stores will join the thriving retail landscape, building on the success of Monkey Distribution’s inaugural Funko franchise at Dubai Hills Mall last year.

The upcoming locations are poised to offer a diverse product range encompassing various categories within the expansive Funko universe. From a plethora of collectables to trendy Loungefly fashion accessories, games, toys, and more, consumers can anticipate a vibrant pop culture experience.

The first of the two new Funko stores will make its debut within Dubai Mall, situated on the second floor, starting December 1, 2023. Known as the world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment, and leisure, Dubai Mall provides a fitting backdrop for Funko enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the brand’s captivating offerings. Subsequently, on December 15, 2023, Abu Dhabi will witness the opening of another Funko store within Reem Mall, also on the second floor.

Funko’s Chief Commercial Officer, Andy Oddie said, “We are excited to announce the opening of our new partnership stores as we increase our footprint in the United Arab Emirates region this December. The expansion is a testament to the demand for our unique pop culture products and reflects our commitment to providing our global fanbase with regional retail experiences.”

The eagerly awaited Funko store in Dubai Mall is set to offer an exclusive 96-square-meter retail experience for shoppers, while the Funko destination in Reem Mall will provide a 94-square-meter immersive world for customers. These new locations are poised to serve as vibrant and captivating portals into the expansive universe of a globally renowned entertainment and lifestyle brand.

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