UAE is keen to create AI infrastructure: UAE Minister of State for AI

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - Vice President | Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates | Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.

UAE’s Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama has indicated that the government is keen to create a supportive artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure by improving the capacities of Emirati citizens and empowering government staff to utilize the required tools to develop the essential sector.

His statement was while he was speaking in a remote graduation ceremony of the second batch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Programme consisting of 84 students, which was attended by Mansour Abdullah Belhoul, UAE Ambassador to the UK, and Jonathan Michie, Kellogg College’s President at Oxford University.

UAE Programme for AI’s training intends to equip government staff and bolster their skills to adopt AI in their work, to achieve UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 objectives and reinforce the country’s pioneering role in adopting modern technologies and preparing for the future.

Al Olama noted that the impact of COVID-19 on the health, economic and education sectors along with the community underline the significance of investing in technological infrastructure and maintaining the process of development.

The initiative trains Emirati citizens and introduces them to the latest technologies and trends in the AI sector along with targeting government employees and providing them with the required skills.

Topics such use of AI, ethical challenges, strategic analysis, data collection and analysis, governance, data security, self-education, and legislation and systems related to AI are also covered under the program.

The AI Programme, a joint effort between Kellogg College and the UAE National AI Programme, trains UAE nationals and improves their skillsets to accelerate the delivery of the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence.

The Program also covered specialized courses in the AI and Blockchain in line with UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031 and the UAE Blockchain Strategy 2021 for the second batch of Artificial Intelligence.