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Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates photo by — @thomasdrouaultphotography

The National AI Strategy of the UAE

United Arab Emirates and the National Approach to Artificial Intelligence

In October 2017, the UAE Government launched ‘UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI)’. According to their official government website this marked the ‘post-mobile government phase’ because it will rely on various future services, sectors and infrastructure projects.

  • Boost government performance at all levels
  • Use an integrated smart digital system that can overcome challenges and provide quick efficient solutions
  • Make the UAE the first in the field of AI investments in various sectors
  • Create new vital market with high economic value.
  • Health — to minimise chronic and dangerous diseases
  • Space — to help conduct accurate experiments, reduce rate of costly mistakes
  • Renewable energy — to manage facilities
  • Water — to conduct analysis and studies to provide water sources
  • Technology — to increase productivity and help with general spending
  • Education — to cut costs and enhance desire for education
  • Environment — to increase forestation rate
  • Traffic — to reduce accidents and traffic jams and draw more effective traffic policies.

Themes for the Strategy

The AI strategy has outlined five themes:

  • Workshops, programmes, initiatives and field visits to government bodies.
  • Develop capabilities and skills of all staff operating in the field of technology and organise training courses for government officials.
  • Provide all services via AI and the full integration of AI into medical and security services.
  • Launch leadership strategy and issue a government law on the safe use of AI.
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AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.

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