Amazon introduced that Alexa, the mind that powers the Echo machine household, is coming to the United Arab Emirates, providing prospects an all-new, localized language expertise in Khaleeji Arabic in addition to in English, new options constructed with Gulf prospects in thoughts, new good residence integrations with many appropriate units, and practically 200 Alexa expertise.
Echo units are voice-controlled audio system designed totally round your voice—they’re all the time prepared, hands-free, and quick. Alexa runs within the cloud, receives new characteristic updates on an ongoing foundation, and is subsequently all the time getting smarter. Simply ask, and Alexa will reply questions, play music, learn the information, recite the Quran, set timers and alarms, present sports activities scores, management lights at residence, and far more. With Echo’s far-field voice management, you are able to do all this from throughout the room, utilizing simply your voice.
Within the United Arab Emirates, Alexa delivers a localized expertise, together with a Khaleeji Arabic voice with a persona that may shock and delight prospects—native pronunciations and intonation; native information; and practically 200 Alexa expertise from regional builders and types together with expertise from Etisalat, Expo 2020, Domino’s, Fatafeat, Careem, Emirates NBD, DEWA, and extra. Prospects may also use Alexa in English and luxuriate in widespread options akin to setting timers, including reminders, creating To-Do-Lists, sharing bulletins, and extra.
“We’re extremely excited to convey Alexa and the Echo household of units to the United Arab Emirates,” stated Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “The crew has labored exhausting to create an all-new Khaleeji Arabic expertise designed from the bottom up for Arabic-speaking prospects and to optimize the Alexa expertise in English for English-speakers to take pleasure in.”
“On our option to changing into a world chief in Synthetic Intelligence, we welcome Alexa to the United Arab Emirates”, stated His Excellency Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Synthetic Intelligence, Digital Financial system and Distant Work Purposes. “Very similar to AI is on the core of Alexa’s persona, we’re engaged on doing the identical for your complete nation-building an AI-driven economic system that contributes considerably to schooling, authorities growth, and the happiness of our neighborhood.”
Manal Al Bayat, Chief Engagement Officer at Dubai Expo 2020, stated: “Not solely is Alexa coming to the area with Arabic capabilities however Expo 2020 Dubai content material may be very a lot a part of its introduction. It has been an incredible expertise to work with Amazon on this, and to create new and provoking methods of delivering Expo’s message to the world. This sort of innovation and cutting-edge know-how is within the spirit of Expo 2020 and its themes, and we hope Alexa customers have enjoyable discovering much more about this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.”
“Because the area’s main digital music platform, we’re thrilled to crew up with Alexa, offering prospects with entry to thousands and thousands of worldwide and Arabic songs and podcasts”, stated Elie Habib, Co-founder and CTO of Anghami. “Solely by utilizing their voice, prospects can ask Alexa to play any music from the area’s largest music catalog in Arabic – this provides a brand new dimension to our buyer expertise.”
Amazon Echo—Spherical Design, Dolby Stereo Sound, Constructed-in Zigbee Hub
As a hands-free, voice-controlled machine with a built-in speaker, Echo combines premium sound, and a built-in Zigbee good residence hub. That includes a 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing, Echo delivers clear highs, dynamic mids and deep bass for wealthy and may routinely adapt to your room by sensing the acoustics of your house.
Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock—Compact design and crisp, full sound
Echo Dot is our hottest speaker globally and encompasses a compact, spherical design that produces crisp vocals and balanced bass for full sound with a robust 1.6-inch, front-firing speaker. Echo Dot with clock comes with the identical options as Echo Dot, plus a easy LED show so you may look on the time, timers, and alarms. With a tap-to-snooze characteristic, these units are the proper addition to any bedside desk. Echo Dot is on the market in Charcoal, White and Blue, Echo Dot with clock is on the market in White and Blue. Echo Dot (Gen3): Probably the most reasonably priced Echo machine in our line-up is straightforward to arrange and use—plug in, open the Alexa app, and get began in minutes. With 4 far-field microphones, Alexa hears you from throughout the room. And with appropriate Echo units in numerous rooms, you may fill your complete residence with sound.
Echo Present 5 — Compact good show with Alexa
Echo Present 5 has a sensible show with a 2MP HD digital camera. Customise your morning routine to get up with lights and an alarm that performs your favorite music. Look at a to-do listing or see the information, set timers, and stream music or movies—all utilizing simply your voice.
Echo Present 8 — See your day clearly
Echo Present 8 encompasses a 13-MP wide-angle digital camera and an 8” HD touchscreen with adaptive color. The machine has built-in twin audio system to ship an ideal expertise, whether or not that’s listening to music or podcasts from Anghami or Spotify or audiobooks from Storytel, or watching TV reveals and flicks from Netflix or Prime Video.
Echo Present 10—Designed to Transfer with You
Echo Present 10 is designed to maneuver with you—the good 10” HD display screen will routinely flip towards your path so you may preserve your eyes on the display screen, targeted on what you’re watching. Look on the climate, information, stream music and movies, comply with recipes, play video games, see appropriate cameras, and extra.
Alexa—The Mind Behind Amazon Echo
Constructed within the cloud, and with tens of 1000’s of third social gathering builders world wide creating expertise, the Alexa service is all the time getting smarter. With Alexa, you should utilize simply your voice to:
Hear the Information
Alexa can learn the information and provides custom-made updates based mostly in your preferences. You possibly can select your favorite retailers to supply the information or sports activities outcomes, together with Al Arabiya, CNBC Arabia, Sport360, SkyNews, ARNradio, and extra. Simply say, “Alexa, what’s the information?”. At launch, the next radio stations can be accessible: Al Arabiya FM, Al Khaleejia FM, Dubai eye 103.8, Virgin Radio Dubai, Hits 96.7, Radio Shoma, Aloula Radio, Dubai Holy Quran.
Set prayer occasions and recite the Quran
Alexa is ready to recite the Quran from the surah or juz’u of your selection, all by voice. Simply say, “Alexa, play surah Al Kahaf.” Coming quickly, prospects may also set prayer occasions by saying “Alexa, wake me up when it’s time for Fajr” and also will have the ability to verify the Hijri calendar by asking Alexa to remind them to get the aydiya earlier than the final ten days of Ramdan.
Hearken to Music In every single place
Alexa provides a seamless music expertise with premium companies together with Anghami, Spotify, and extra. As well as, hearken to radio out of your favorite stations like MBC, Panorama, and extra. Management music and play thousands and thousands of songs by saying, “Alexa, play pop music” or “Alexa, skip this music.” You too can group a number of Echo units and synchronize them to stream the identical music in each room. Get up to your favorite songs every morning by saying “Alexa, wake me as much as Prime hits”.
Management your Good Residence
Use any Echo machine to modify on the lamp earlier than getting off the bed, or dim the lights from the sofa to look at a film. Additionally take pleasure in hands-free residence safety with Ring, whose cameras, video doorbells, and alarm programs are all appropriate with Alexa, serving to safe your property and convey peace of thoughts. Simply say, “Alexa, present me the nursery” to see your digital camera feed in your Echo Present machine. Alexa additionally works with different appropriate good residence units akin to good lights and plugs from manufacturers together with Philips Hue, Xiaomi, TP-Hyperlink, and extra.
Ask Alexa questions on well-known folks, dates, locations, calculations, conversions, spelling, and far more. For instance, “Alexa, what time is maghrib in Abu Dhabi?”, “Alexa, when is Eid Al Adha?”, “Alexa, when was the Burj Khalifa constructed?”, or ask Alexa for a joke by saying “Alexa, inform me a joke.”
Comply with your Favourite Sports activities Groups
Ask Alexa for dwell scores or scores for accomplished video games, discover out when your favorite crew performs their subsequent sport, and extra. Simply ask “Alexa, what’s the al-Ahly rating?”, “Alexa, when is al-Ain’s subsequent match?”
Constructed with Privateness in Thoughts
All Echo units are designed with a number of layers of privateness safety, together with bodily microphone and digital camera controls. You possibly can select to delete your Alexa voice recordings in a number of methods, by voice or via the Alexa app. Simply say, “Alexa, delete what I simply stated”. Or you should utilize the Alexa app to delete your voice recordings , have your voice recordings routinely deleted after three or 18 months on an ongoing foundation, or select to not have them saved within the first place. Echo Present units additionally supply accessibility options that profit all prospects, together with the power to work together with Alexa utilizing contact as an alternative of voice, to see captions for Alexa’s responses on the machine display screen, and extra.
Third Celebration Expertise
At launch, prospects will have the ability to take pleasure in practically 200 expertise accessible within the United Arab Emirates. Study all about Expo 2020 with the official Expo ability, guide a journey utilizing the Careem ability, get recipes and prepare dinner alongside directions with the Fatafeat ability, order meals via the Domino’s ability, study what motion pictures play with the Reel Cinema ability, meditate with the Tawazon ability, hearken to an audiobook with the Storytel ability, and extra.
Pricing and Availability
All units introduced in the present day can be found on Amazon.ae. Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Dot with clock, Echo Present 5, Echo Present 8 and Echo Present 10 will begin delivery on December 14. To have fun Alexa’s arrival within the area and as an introductory supply, any Echo machine is on the market at a lowered value for a restricted time period.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen): 189,99 AED, introductory supply 109,99 AED, Charcoal
Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen): 229,99 AED, introductory supply 149,99 AED, Charcoal, White and Blue
Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) with clock: 279,99 AED, introductory supply 239,99 AED, White and Blue
Amazon Echo (4th gen): 449,99 AED, introductory supply 299,99 AED, Charcoal, White and Blue
Amazon Echo Present 5 (2nd gen 349,99 AED, introductory supply 219,99 AED, Charcoal, White and Blue
Amazon Echo Present 8 (2nd gen): 549,99 AED, introductory supply 399,99 AED, Charcoal and White
Amazon Echo Present 10 (2nd gen): 1099,99 AED, introductory supply 999,99 AED, Charcoal and White