According to a UAE minister, the country embraces artificial intelligence (AI) tools and solutions in various industries to enhance performance standards and speed up the digital transformation process.
Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office, Chairman of the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, and Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, stated that this is ultimately enhancing readiness and competitiveness under the direction of the President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
When the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain met at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure in Dubai, Al Olama made this statement. Younis Haji Al Khoori, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Finance; Abdullah Al Saleh, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Economy; Dr. Mohammed Salim Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap); Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Head of the E-Government in Fujairah; and Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Director-
Al Olama stated that the UAE government places a high value on keeping up with technological developments worldwide to address possibilities and concerns proactively. This commitment encourages collaboration across various governmental bodies to accelerate the UAE’s digital transformation. By adopting digital best practices and utilizing technology’s potential, the UAE hopes to create new opportunities and develop cutting-edge business models as the cornerstone of a sustainable economy.
Currently, the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain is concentrating on the activation in the second phase of its work, which aims to adopt AI initiatives to employ AI in government entities, develop AI systems, and increase the UAE’s competitiveness in priority sectors through the development of AI-powered customer services, in a way that contributes to improving the wellbeing, enhancing performance, and creating an effective legislative and regulatory environment.
The Energy Committee analyzed the workflow of the unified data platform, the centralization of federal and local agencies under one platform, and the project process during the meeting.
The Foreign Trade Committee discussed the UAE’s Foreign Trade Smart Programme mechanism. This data platform incorporates AI features, considering data security issues to predict the future of the trade sector. The Transportation and Logistics Committee reviewed the development and study of the self-driving vehicles project, which will transform the transportation sector.
The discussion addressed the difficulties in exchanging data and underlined the necessity of coordinating efforts securely. In keeping with the Year of Sustainability 2023, the workshop also emphasized the importance of coordinating specific projects within the environmental and sustainability sector.
The Industry Committee also evaluated the Make It in the Emirates initiative and the Empowerment Centre program, two initiatives aimed at attracting investors and innovators and fostering the development of the UAE’s industrial sector. It also announced the completion of several projects.
A study of the “Tatmeen” platform, a nationwide platform that promotes coordination between the public and commercial sectors and enables effective tracking of medications from manufacture to patient usage, was among the projects the Health Committee announced were completed. The committee’s efforts are to strengthen the ministry’s health and smart services, ultimately increasing healthcare efficiency.
The Blockchain Committee examined the development of the manual that informs the public about the services offered by governmental bodies through digital wallets. The goal is to improve society’s well-being by raising awareness and knowledge levels. The committee also looked at adoption rates for the digital trust platform and registration data for digital wallets.
The Data Sharing committee, specializing in AI training, examined the mechanism for developing their AI Project. The Committee for the AI-powered Educational System also provided details on how the Ministry of Education would work with public and private sector organizations to advance AI-related scientific competition.
The Artificial Intelligence Adoption Committee examined the most recent data on AI projects in government services. They also discussed the unified Chatbot platform’s operation, which uses AI technology.
After its first inauguration on February 26, 2018, the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain was re-established in 2021 to advance AI utilization efforts, develop blockchain, and advance the development of this potential new industry in ways that improve performance, work patterns, and have a beneficial social impact.