Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, has said that the UAE government adopts an integrated and dynamic model for the utilisation of artificial intelligence that supports industry growth, development of new sectors as well as strengthening governance and ethics frameworks, ultimately anticipating future challenges and creating a positive change for humanity.
This came during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Sayed Hashish, Regional General Manager at Microsoft Gulf, to enhance joint cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence development, governance and ethics in the UAE, as well as developing a set of concepts, strategies and future ideas and study implementation mechanisms then implementing them.
Al Olama said, “The UAE government focuses on enhancing innovation in modern technology applications and employing them in achieving sustainable development, placing Dubai as an incubator for advanced technology and realising the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for Dubai.”
The focus of this collaboration will be on four key areas: identifying and developing technological solutions based on artificial intelligence to achieve the United Nations goals of sustainable development, enhancing the use of artificial intelligence in all government bodies in the UAE, establishing an integrated and global framework for governance and AI ethics, contributing to achieving the outputs of the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence.
“It is a privilege to work with the UAE Government on its plans for digital transformation. The country has long led the region on artificial intelligence adoption and development to integrate smart technologies into a vast array of digital touchpoints across the nation – empowering everyone to achieve more,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations.
Under the agreement, Microsoft will develop its existing AI programmes and frameworks to support the UAE’s efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Areas of cooperation include national capacity training in AI programmes, certification in software and cloud computing, and the organisation and sponsorship of emerging technology competitions and events for government and private entities.
Microsoft will also organise training programmes every three months for data specialists in various government agencies, as well as workshops on artificial intelligence.
In addition, the company is organising the second UAE AI Camp with the National Programme for Artificial Intelligence in cooperation with a group of federal, local and international agencies.
The spring camp focuses on introducing the trainees to the most prominent emerging technologies in the field of machine learning and data science. The summer camp will be held in July and August and will focus on the development of robotics and programming skills.