His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with His Highness Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Image Credit: WAM

Dubai: The UAE Artificial Intelligence strategy was launched to boost government performance, the rate of accomplishing achievements.

The strategy will create a highly productive innovative environment by investing in advanced technologies and AI tools that will be implemented in all fields of work.

The strategy was launched on Monday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The UAE AI strategy will seek to invest all capabilities in an ideal way, in addition to utilising resources, human and financial capabilities in a constructive manner that will quicken the execution of future programmes and development projects.

Launching the strategy, Shaikh Mohammad said: “The UAE Centennial begins now, with the launch of massive projects such as the AI strategy to set up the basis for the coming phase. This strategy represents the post-smart government phase, and it will be relied on by various future services, sectors and infrastructure projects.”

“We initiated our e-government services 16 years ago, and today, we are launching a phase that will rely on artificial intelligence. We are striving to adopt all tools and AI technologies that will boost government performance on all levels,” said Shaikh Mohammad.

Shaikh Mohammad pointed out that the UAE is striving to become a new hub for developing AI mechanisms, technologies and legislations. He reaffirmed that the UAE Centennial 2071 is based on a range of pillars, the most important of which is adopting AI in all government and private sectors.

“The next phase requires Emiratis specialised in AI to serve our supreme national interests as the implementation of AI technologies will help develop new sectors and create various opportunities for our national economy,” he said.

The UAE AI Strategy

The first of its kind in the region.

Covers numerous sectors and services in its vision to develop new tools of AI technology to be part of government work.

Will help cope with rapid changes and achieving unique development in general performance in all levels via integrated smart digital system that can overcome challenges and provide practical and quick solutions, characterised by quality and efficiency.

Aims to make the UAE place first in the world in the field of AI investment in various vital sectors, as well as create a new vital market with high economic value.

Transport: Reduce accidents and cut operational costs.

Health: Minimising chronic and dangerous diseases.

Space: Help conduct accurate experiments, reduce rate of costly mistakes.

Renewable energy: Manage facilities

Water: Conduct analysis and accurate studies to provide water sources.

Technology: Increase productivity and help with general spending.

Education: Cut costs and enhance desire for education.

Environment: Will increase forestation rate and help grow the most appropriate plants for preserving the environment.

Traffic: Reduce accidents and traffic jams, in addition to drawing up more effective traffic policies to save 50 per cent of annual costs.

Five themes of AI strategy

Setting up an AI work team, which involves the formation of the UAE AI Council.

Activating numerous programmes, initiatives and organising field visits to government bodies and conducting workshops.

Develop capabilities of higher government leaders and enhance skills of all staff operating in the field of technology, in addition to organising training courses for government officials.

Implementation by providing all services via AI, and the full integration of AI into medical and security services. It will boost reliance on AI in routine jobs in order to save time and efforts, and enhance productivity and efficiency.

Launch of leadership strategy by appointing an AI Consultative Council and issuing a government law on the safe use of AI.