In his role as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who also serves as the President of the UAE, has issued a law that establishes the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Advanced Technology Council (AIATC).
According to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), the AIATC’s primary responsibility will be to formulate and execute policies and strategies. These policies and strategies will pertain to research, infrastructure, and investments in the domains of AI and advanced technology specifically within Abu Dhabi.
Furthermore, His Highness has issued a decree appointing members to the newly formed council. The decree designates H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi, as the Chairman of the AIATC, and H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, as the Vice Chairman.
The decree also appoints Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Jassem Mohamed Bu Ataba Al Zaabi, Faisal Abdulaziz Al Bannai, and Peng Xiao as members of the AIATC.
Significance of technological leadership
The establishment of the AIATC underscores a firm belief in the significance of technological leadership in fostering the economy of the future. The council will collaborate with local and global partners to develop plans and research programs that aim to enhance Abu Dhabi’s standing in the fields of artificial intelligence and advanced technology. This initiative aligns with Abu Dhabi’s strategy to position the emirate as a world-leading hub for investments, partnerships, and talent in this sector.
Emphasis on future-oriented sectors
The establishment of the AIATC epitomizes the visionary outlook of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, and his wise directives that emphasize the importance of future-oriented sectors. The council will contribute to the continuous growth and prosperity of the post-hydrocarbon economy, thereby ensuring its development and success.
UAE leading in AI
At the World Economic Forum (WEF/Davos 2024) last week, the UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence Omar AlOlama expressed that the UAE is at the forefront of AI technology and its implementation. AlOlama highlighted the prevailing lack of awareness among governments regarding AI, but emphasized that the UAE is actively striving to establish itself as a responsible AI nation, a vision he referred to as “Brain.”
Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM, also addressed the annual event in Davos, Switzerland, and informed attendees that the AI industry is projected to generate $4 trillion in revenue by 2029.
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