His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, emphasized that artificial intelligence technology has become a central hub for the future of countries and peoples around the world, and a key element in future government action plans, and a catalyst for the growth of global markets and new economic sectors.
His Highness said that the UAE is one of the world's leading countries in enhancing the role of artificial intelligence technology in shaping the features of the future, as it is a pillar of our future strategies and development plans for the next fifty years, and a vital tool for developing work in all areas related to people's lives..and artificial intelligence technologies are not limited to government services It will raise the standard of living of the individual in the Emirates.
This came during the presence of His Highness, "The Retreat of Artificial Intelligence Experts" organized by the National Program for Artificial Intelligence with the participation of more than 350 experts from the government and private sectors in the UAE, to discuss future opportunities and challenges in adopting artificial intelligence in the country and the role of these technologies in drawing the features of various key areas.
His Highness was accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al-Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and His Excellency Omar Sultan Al-Ulama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the "Program for Attracting the Talents of Artificial Intelligence" which aims to establish a global laboratory specialized in the field of artificial intelligence in the UAE that includes the best national and international experiences and talents, and provides them with a space to work in an advanced environment to develop innovative solutions and pilot projects that serve Humanity.
His Highness said: We base our efforts to manufacture the future of the UAE on a forward-looking vision that adopts global trends and developments, supports young minds and promising talents, encourages modern innovations and creative ideas, and adopts advanced technologies .. We want the UAE to be the first choice for technology companies and talents specialized in the areas of artificial intelligence around The world .. We want the UAE to be one of the best countries in the world in developing this future sector and investing in its potential.
His Highness added: We welcome the talents of the world in the Emirates to be a laboratory for their innovations, experiences and ideas in the field of artificial intelligence .. We want government agencies and private sector leaders in the country to develop partnerships and intensify efforts to provide an incubating and stimulating environment for the development of artificial intelligence.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also witnessed the signing of the agreement to launch the “Artificial Intelligence Challenge Program” in partnership between the National Artificial Intelligence Program and Microsoft, which was signed by His Excellency Omar Sultan Al-Ulama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, and Syed Hasheesh, General Manager of Microsoft in the Emirates.
The launch of the Artificial Intelligence Challenge Program comes within the framework of efforts to enhance the government’s partnership with various private entities and global institutions in order to accelerate the movement to adopt artificial intelligence technologies, build expertise and national talent to achieve the outputs of the UAE’s AI strategy 2031, and enhance the country's competitiveness in future sectors, as it aims to provide The basic infrastructure supporting the testing and application of artificial intelligence technologies.
The retreat of experts on artificial intelligence, the first of its kind in the region, aimed to support the efforts of the UAE government in identifying the most important challenges facing the government and private sectors in the field of employing artificial intelligence technology in the UAE, and the exchange of experiences and experiences to launch initiatives that contribute to accelerating the adoption of artificial intelligence and developing frameworks Organizational necessary to keep pace with the rapidly changing world.
The retreat is a platform to showcase the latest future solutions based on modern technology and how to employ them to serve the strategic sectors in the UAE and enhance its position as a leading global center in artificial intelligence technology.
More than 350 experts from government and private agencies, international and emerging companies, scientific and research centers and academic institutions in the UAE and abroad participated in the retreat of experts on artificial intelligence organized by the National Program for Artificial Intelligence in cooperation with the companies "Ernst & Young" and "LinkedIn". To discuss the future of vital sectors.
The retreat started with a brainstorming session to identify the most prominent challenges facing government and private agencies in the field of adopting artificial intelligence technology in different sectors, and to highlight the additional benefits and advantages provided by modern technological tools in terms of enhancing work efficiency and improving service levels and quality of individual life.
Participants discussed a set of innovative solutions and new initiatives to address challenges and come up with ideas based on the recommendations of retreat in order to enhance joint cooperation between the government and private sectors to provide future infrastructure that supports the UAE’s position and turns it into a global center for testing and developing artificial intelligence technologies.
Participants in the retreat focused on many sectors and areas such as health care and quality of life, transportation and logistics and infrastructure, workforce and data, governance and policy, education, defense and cyber security, the financial and economic sector, smart government services, climate change and the environment, the judicial system, and others Of the vital sectors.
The retreat of artificial intelligence experts represents the first output of the Emirates Artificial Intelligence Network initiative, which attracted more than 1000 participation requests from experts and specialists since its launch, and the network aims to provide a platform that brings together governmental and private entities, international and emerging companies, scientific and research centers, academic institutions, incubators and business accelerators to research and exchange experiences in The field of artificial intelligence, and works to raise proposals and recommendations to the departments and authorities concerned in the field of planning strategies and drawing future plans for building on them in launching new initiatives that accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence.
This initiative is one of the pillars of the work of the National Artificial Intelligence Program that oversees the implementation of the Emirates Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, "May God protect him", with the aim of supporting the sector of artificial intelligence and digital transactions and other It is a related technology that includes governmental and private initiatives and programs that serve all vital sectors in the Emirates and create new and promising opportunities in the region and the world.
The artificial intelligence challenge program, which extends for three months, targets government agencies in the UAE, and seeks to supplement the efforts of the UAE government in preparing generations of artificial intelligence experts and empowering them with innovative skills, tools and ideas to achieve an advanced scientific and knowledge shift in the coming years.
Entities wishing to participate in the program can nominate their employees with experience in employing artificial intelligence in the areas of developing government services and preparing innovative programs that employ advanced technologies in finding effective solutions to various challenges.
The first phase of the program includes a set of workshops, meetings, training activities, and brainstorming sessions aimed at exchanging views and experiences to define a set of challenges facing the use of artificial intelligence technology in the participating agencies, discussing solutions and drawing a plan to accelerate the process of adopting artificial intelligence technologies.
The second stage includes a business trip to the United States of America to participate in a four-day hackathon hosted by Microsoft with the participation of a group of experts and scientists in the field of artificial intelligence and data .. This stage will provide an opportunity for participants to develop their future visions and practical experiences in employing artificial intelligence tools and learn about the successful experiences of the company Microsoft.
During the third and final stage of the program, the participants will work on experimenting with the solutions that have been programmed and employed in developing services and products and enhancing the performance of government work in the UAE based on modern technologies.
The Artificial Intelligence Talent Program aims to attract global and specialized talents from programmers, university graduates and holders of high degrees in future technology sectors from different parts of the world to the UAE.
The program also focuses on providing the appropriate and innovative environment to support talents in developing their innovations, inventions and projects based on modern technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics, programming, the Internet of things and self-driving vehicles among others.
Global talent will be employed in various companies, initiatives and projects concerned with artificial intelligence in the country, and it will have the opportunity to exchange experiences with international companies and institutions, and to present its ambitious ideas to government and private agencies inside and outside the country.
The Artificial Intelligence Talent Program will provide many advantages and special incentives for talents, including a residence grant system for investors, entrepreneurs, innovators and talent owners to open new horizons for businessmen and innovators to take advantage of the competitive capabilities of the state in various fields and to enhance the state's position and an attractive investment destination for business.
This initiative also provides an opportunity for government agencies in the Emirates to communicate with the most important minds and global competencies and employ them to achieve achievements that advance the national economy and raise levels of productivity and work.
The launch of the program to attract talent of artificial intelligence is a major pillar in achieving the outputs of the UAE strategy for artificial intelligence 2031, which was adopted last April to make the UAE a world leader in the field of artificial intelligence by 2031 and strive to develop an integrated system that uses artificial intelligence in the vital areas of the country.
The strategy covers eight strategic goals that include: consolidating the state’s position as a destination for artificial intelligence and increasing its competitiveness in priority sectors by developing artificial intelligence, as well as developing a fertile system of artificial intelligence, adopting it in customer services, improving the standard of living and government performance, attracting and training talent for future jobs, and attracting The world's leading research capabilities, providing data and supportive infrastructure to serve as an artificial intelligence testing platform, while ensuring effective governance and optimal organization.