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UAE launches AI center to assist government entities

The new center will train 1,000 government employees from more than 30 government bodies on the use of generative AI tech tools.

UAE launches AI center to assist government entities
[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

Dubai’s government will soon utilize artificial intelligence (AI) across various entities.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, announced the launch of the Dubai Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DCAI) at Emirates Towers, Area 2071.

The dedicated center aims to support government entities in deploying AI tech across strategic sectors. Based in Area 2071, the new center will train 1,000 government employees from more than 30 government bodies on using generative AI tech tools.

The center will also develop laws, policies, and legislation and study generative AI applications’ ethical and social impact.

It also has plans to start dozens of pilot projects and improve government services, increase government employees’ productivity by 20%, and support more than 20 local and global tech startups. Other targets include organizing a specialized AI team in each government entity and establishing 20 partnerships with emerging companies.

It will be used to enhance the performance of the government sector in various ways, such as using AI to conduct simulations that study the changes and impacts of new policies and legislation, predict results, evaluate program efficiency, and support complex decision-making.

Sheikh Hamdan said that Dubai continues to rapidly advance its adoption of new AI and future technologies with the evolution of global technology innovation.

This aligns with the vision and directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to position the emirate as a global leader in preparing for emerging opportunities and challenges and shaping the future.

“Dubai’s government will be the best in the world in deploying artificial intelligence within its various entities,” he said. “This new center is the first step in achieving this goal and developing future services to keep pace with rapid technological advancements.”

Sheikh Hamdan is keen for Dubai government employees to utilize generative AI tools to boost productivity and enhance government services.

“We aim to see practical applications of generative AI technologies in our government sector. Technological development is moving very rapidly, and in Dubai, we are determined to be just as fast in testing and harnessing it for the benefit of society. We want new AI-powered government tools to have a clear impact and tangible results.”

The Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Media Council and Dubai Digital Authority will be tasked to oversee the implementation of the center’s tasks and goals.

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