Dubai Gears Up for Era of Artificial Intelligence

Dubai Gears Up for Era of Artificial Intelligence

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to dominate in computer science study in the UAE to meet requirements of Government including industries, health, finance, gaming, automotive sectors; and will be introduced as a separate degree like BSc, or MSc in AI like in universities in the US and UK, writes Dipen Pradhan of Elets News Network (ENN).


There’s a lot of buzz around the world about the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Basically, AI is used everywhere and is getting smarter every day —from our way of work and communication to meeting requirements of industries including health, finance, gaming, automotive, etc.

Fifty years from now the future generation may living in an era of robots, machines, flying cars and the UAE is already advancing towards such an era.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched the “Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031” last month.

AI Strategy 2031 aims to create US $15.7 trillion global market value in 2030 —boosting revenue by 35 per cent, reducing  the Government cost by 50 per cent, and 90 per cent resistance from a financial crisis.

The Minister of Artificial Intelligence, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama (27) has been appointed to spearhead the ambitious project to enhance Government performance and efficiency in various sectors through the use of latest AI tools and technologies.

The strategy is part of the UAE Centennial 2071, a project that extends to five decades to prepare the nation for future generations instilling advanced technology and engineering on Education, economy, Government development, and community cohesion.

According to its official website, the AI strategy aims to enhance sectors like Education, transportation, energy, space and technology. It adds: “By 2031, the UAE will achieve 100 per cent reliance on AI for Government services and data analysis.”

AI initiative is also among the major research areas of the “Dubai Accelerators program” that, according to its website, aims to connect the most innovative companies with partners in the Government in order to bring to life viable futuristic prototypes at a city-wide scale.

AI in Education

The scope of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education is broad and mainly unexplored. The UAE schools have emerged far from a traditional way of education to conventional.

Shaping the next generation of more personalised learning and responsive teaching, the UAE schools are now pioneering and applying AI education method by increasing the use of e-learning and virtual classrooms integrated with 3D demonstration bringing real life and industry examples.

The Center for Executive Development affiliated to the University of Dubai, for instance, recently concluded training on AI and its role in company’s Purchase and Supply Chain Management department.

The UAE is trying to become a “major hub for developing AI techniques and associated legislation”.

It is likely AI will dominate the study of computer science in the UAE to meet requirements of Government including industries, health, finance, gaming, automotive sectors; and maybe soon introduced as a separate degree like BSc or MSc in AI like in Universities in the US and UK.

Some schools in Dubai, likewise, have already introduced “coding” as the core subject alongside Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Some fascinating AI endeavours in UAE

The country has world’s first artificially intelligent robot policeman patrolling city’s streets. It officially joined Dubai police force on 20 May this year.

Although it does not arrest, but helps police officers to identify and catch miscreants using its facial recognition technology, as well as broadcast live video feeds. Such robot policemen are said to comprise 25 per cent of the total police force by 2030.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), on the other hand, recently recruited five AI robots as staff at its Customer Happiness Centres. They can respond to multiple enquiries singlehandedly.

The country has introduced “Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy” that aims to transform 25 per cent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030.

In its project, it plans to get autonomous vehicles plying on the city’s roads and flying in its skies, involving five million daily trips by 2030.

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