ADDED partners with GE Digital to digitize UAE’s manufacturing sector

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna & HE Sameh Abdulla Al Qubaisi at the MoU signing ceremony

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with US-based GE Digital to accelerate the digital transformation of the Emirate’s manufacturing sector by leveraging innovative solutions to strengthen the UAE’s position as a global hub for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The agreement was signed by His Excellency Sameh Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Director General of Economic Affairs at ADDED and Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna, President of GE in UAE and Global Chief of Strategy and Operations for GE International Markets, following the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ Forum as part of the UAE’s plans to boost the industrial sector.

ADDED and GE Digital will collaborate to adopt circular economy strategies to drive a more productive, competitive, advanced, and innovative sector while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.

Sameh Abdulla Al Qubaisi
Sameh Abdulla Al Qubaisi
Director General
Economic Affairs

“The partnership with GE is a testament to our efforts to ensure that Abu Dhabi’s smart and circular economy is supported by strong alliances and clear objectives. The manufacturing sector is the largest non-oil Gross Domestic Product contributor, with an estimated $23 billion added to Abu Dhabi’s GDP. Such initiatives with strategic global partners will guide the industrial sector towards playing an even greater role in economic diversification, and thus multiplying contributions to the economy.”

Through this agreement, GE Digital will provide its expertise to accelerate the pace of technological transformation in the industrial sector and share best practices for designing and launching incentive packages to advance the shift towards applications of Industry 4.0, support the UAE Sustainability and circular economy initiatives.

GE Digital and ADDED will collaborate to provide skillset development programs to increase diversified technical knowledge in the manufacturing community, aligned with Abu Dhabi Government’s vision to upskill human capital and enable a future-ready workforce.

The UAE’s manufacturing sector plays a pivotal role in the diversification of the national economy, with Abu Dhabi accounting for 40 percent of that and having invested more than $14 billion over the past 15 years to establish a robust industrial infrastructure.

Such initiatives by ADDED and GE Digital serve to expedite the adoption of circular manufacturing operations and implement the efficiencies of technology offered by Industry 4.0 advancements. GE will provide advisory services on designing a program aligned to support the digital transformation of the sector.

Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna, President of GE in the UAE and Global Chief of Strategy & Operations for GE International Markets, said that “Through its continuous digital transformation, the manufacturing sector in the UAE is in a strong position to drive greater productivity and efficiency, the lower total cost of ownership, and increase profitability. We are pleased to partner with ADDED to advance Abu Dhabi and UAE’s position as a global hub for 4IR by leveraging innovative solutions while also contributing to nurturing a knowledge economy. Additionally, we will work together with ADDED to drive the adoption of circular manufacturing operations for a more sustainable future for all.”

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