His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, stressed that the UAE represents a successful global model in designing the future and preparing for its changes, and that the UAE has become under the guidance and visions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Chairman of the Council The ministers, ruler of Dubai, are a global center for the development of artificial intelligence technology.
His Highness said: “Dubai continues to work to implement the leadership’s vision based on anticipating changes, preparing for challenges, proper planning for the future, and optimal employment of national capabilities and enabling them with tools of technology, science and knowledge to achieve the number one in all fields.” His Highness pointed out that the UAE’s pioneering experience and its qualitative achievements Over the past years, in the face of the repercussions of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, it represents an inspiring success story in adopting future planning and investing in the energies of youth, empowering the minds and talents and involving them in the comprehensive development efforts.
This came during his attendance as part of the activities of the second session of the Conference on Artificial Intelligence (Ai Everything) that was held today (Thursday) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, may God bless him, in the Dubai Center Commercial World and hosted a selection of government officials, executives, experts and specialists from the UAE and abroad.
The "World of Artificial Intelligence" conference, organized by the National Program for Artificial Intelligence and the Dubai World Trade Center, is the first specialized international event held at the regional level, after the success of the UAE and Dubai to limit the spread of the "Covid-19" virus, through a set of precautionary and health measures aimed To maintain the safety and health of community members.
The conference aims to explore the future of artificial intelligence technology and review the ways to use its tools and applications to create a qualitative and positive shift in all sectors, and study challenges and opportunities to create future economic sectors, and the event represents a global platform that brings together elite decision-makers, governmental and private agencies, global companies and emerging in the field of artificial intelligence to exchange experiences And successful experiences in the areas of future technology.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended a special session within the conference activities during which the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Teleworking Applications, Omar Sultan Al-Ulama reviewed the most important achievements that have been achieved in the field of artificial intelligence in the UAE during the past years, as well Announced the launch of a set of initiatives to support the artificial intelligence technology sector and national talent and encourage it to contribute to the promotion of various sectors and government, economic and technological services.
The session was attended by Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, the Director General of the Dubai Health Authority Humaid Muhammad Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board of Directors General Manager of Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dr. Abdullah Al Karam, and Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing in Dubai, Hilal Saeed Al Marri , Emaar Properties Chairman, Mohamed Al Abbar, and Dubai Airports CEO, Paul Griffiths.
UAE and Global Entrepreneurship
Omar Sultan assured the scholars during his speech that the government of the UAE continues to employ and provide all available resources to meet current and future challenges, and to support efforts to develop innovative technology-based solutions to keep pace with changes in various fields, including what contributes to achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to strengthen the state's position in this future sector and develop its research and scientific capabilities, and to shift from an importing country for artificial intelligence technology to a world leader in developing and exporting advanced technologies.
He pointed to the UAE government’s keenness to build an integrated system for artificial intelligence by supporting various sectors to develop advanced work mechanisms that enable it to implement its future strategies, and to enhance it through building specialized capabilities and competencies, in order to accelerate the development of new solutions based on technology and keep pace with future waves of change at an accelerated pace .
A new step
During her speech to the conference, Minister of State for International Cooperation Affairs Director General of the Expo 2020 Dubai office, Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, confirmed that the UAE has developed a successful experience in dealing with the challenges witnessed by the world during the past months, through its forward-looking vision, leadership and its position as a regional destination And a world leader in various sectors, especially economic, future and technological, and its position as a forum for civilizations and cultures and a bridge for communication between countries and peoples.
Al-Hashemi said: “Organizing the World of Artificial Intelligence Conference in Dubai with the beginning of life gradually returning to normal, constitutes a new step on the way to Expo 2020 Dubai, and confirms the UAE’s ability to keep pace with global changes and its readiness to future challenges, thanks to its advanced infrastructure and the distinguished efforts of our national cadres. And her insistence on continuing work and achievement while committing to protecting society and building a better future.
Artificial Intelligence and Health Care
The Director General of the Health Authority in Dubai, Hamid Mohammed Al Qatami, stressed the great importance that the authority attaches to accelerating the use of artificial intelligence in the health care sector in line with the leadership's vision in harnessing modern technologies to serve patients.
In his speech to the Artificial Intelligence Conference, he reviewed the importance of using this technology in medical examinations, diagnosis and treatment, including major and minor surgeries, and artificial intelligence is also used as a decision-support tool and in dealing with daily administrative processes.
He pointed to the great role that artificial intelligence technology played during the Covid-19 pandemic in supporting the capabilities of Dubai Health Authority, its resources and services, pointing to the authority’s confidence that the use of artificial intelligence in health care services will enable it to provide distinguished services to patients and members of society in general, and thus contribute to achieving The Authority’s vision to reach a healthier and happier society.
Technological readiness, for
its part, said Dr. Abdullah Al-Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai, said that the world has witnessed great changes during the past months at an accelerated pace, and that technological readiness for many countries and the UAE in particular has formed a critical element in bringing about major transformations that keep pace with these changes.
He pointed out that technological readiness enabled various sectors to face the challenges of the stage, for example, the education sector managed to easily switch to a distance learning model, which provided new opportunities and a different learning experience for school students in the country, stressing that technology played a fundamental role in promoting human communication, And that the rapid progress in the applications of artificial intelligence in the future will make societies more able to enrich and enhance their human values and lifestyle from a distance.
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
His Excellency Omar Sultan Al-Ulama announced during his keynote speech the launch of the first "Artificial Intelligence Laboratory" of its kind in the UAE and the region, with the aim of providing high-performance computing capabilities to all innovators and researchers and providing them with the necessary support in the areas of developing artificial intelligence technology technologies using the laboratory infrastructure which It is considered one of the best in the world.
The lab aims to support the vital sectors associated with artificial intelligence technology by providing an advanced and free platform that hosts a group of artificial intelligence projects with the support of the artificial intelligence office in the UAE government that oversees the implementation of the national strategy for artificial intelligence 2031.
His Excellency said: "The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory represents a new stage in the UAE's path in developing the system of research and technological applications, in addition to building and enabling the capabilities of national talents and specialized competencies in the field of artificial intelligence." He emphasized that the laboratory will play a vital role in providing high-capacity computer infrastructure. Designed to accelerate artificial intelligence research and support the deployment and application of its diverse solutions to various government agencies in the country, it will be available for researchers, academics, data scientists and artificial intelligence software developers in the government and private sectors with support from the Artificial Intelligence Bureau.
As His Excellency announced a project to be developed in cooperation between the Office of Artificial Intelligence and several government agencies, in partnership with a number of scientific institutions and research centers in the field of developing self-driving vehicles using the latest artificial intelligence systems that keep pace with technological developments in many key sectors.
He pointed out that these systems will be developed in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to form new solutions that contribute to increasing dependence on self-driving vehicles in the future, and accelerate the adoption of modern technologies and encourage innovative ideas, and work is being done to study appropriate legislation in cooperation with the relevant legislative bodies in the country to ensure compliance with the highest safety standards And safety in various aspects of the project.
Artificial Intelligence in the service of the environment.
His Excellency the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Teleworking Applications touched on an innovative project that uses artificial intelligence technology to protect wildlife in the UAE using new technologies that contribute to supporting environmental sustainability efforts and providing data and information to government and private agencies concerned in this field, This project is being developed in cooperation with Emirates Airlines using the latest global innovations in image analysis, visual technologies and data collection.
A unified platform
His Excellency Omar Sultan Al-Ulama announced the launch of the "AI code hub" initiative, to provide a platform that brings open source projects in the field of artificial intelligence from various developers, business leaders, research and academic bodies in the UAE in a way that contributes to the development of the system of technological development and adoption Artificial intelligence.
The platform supervised by the Office of Artificial Intelligence in the Emirates government aims to support innovative ideas and local and international talents to develop new projects that employ advanced technologies to advance the vital sectors and contribute to achieving the outputs of the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031 and enhance the position of the country to become one of the best countries in the world in the adoption of artificial intelligence .
His Excellency said: "Code Hub platform will contribute to highlighting the various projects of different source that are being developed in the UAE, and provide support to developers to overcome the challenges associated with the ease of implementing these projects and their implementation, especially that many of them are developed by students, entrepreneurs and startups and require In support of the early stages to accelerate its implementation and benefit from it, which contributes to encouraging developers and users to adopt this software and make optimal use of it.
The platform is distinguished by its ability to collect open source projects related to artificial intelligence in one destination, and to provide space for cooperation between developers and various government agencies, international companies and international institutions, and the platform will facilitate communication between different parties to speed up work and employ available resources.
The CodeHub platform for artificial intelligence currently includes many projects that have been developed by the United Arab Emirates University and New York University Abu Dhabi and many research and academic bodies in the UAE and abroad, and many programs will be launched within this initiative to attract artificial intelligence experts from different parts of the The world and share their innovative projects