How new UAE policy will impact jobs

  • 14th May 2019

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Published By Khaleej Times

The UAE Cabinet has adopted a 10-year national strategy to develop an integrated system that employs artificial intelligence (AI) in vital areas in the country. The National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 aims at positioning the UAE as a global leader in AI by 2031.

As he chaired the Cabinet meeting in Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said the UAE is moving ahead with its vision and aspirations through a well-defined plan for the UAE Centennial 2071.

“We have launched a national strategy for artificial intelligence to make it an integral part of our business, our lives and our government services.”

He asserted that the UAE was ready to embrace technological advances and seeks to employ modern technology to enhance the quality of life.

The strategy includes eight objectives and several initiatives to employ AI in vital areas such as education, government services and the community wellbeing. The strategy implementation will be overseen by the Emirates Council for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transactions, in coordination with local and federal entities.

A number of vital sector will witness an immediate positive impact from applying AI technologies, such as the national economy. AI applications are expected to contribute to the national GDP in the coming years, which would create new economic opportunities.

The strategy will also focus on sectors like resources and energy; logistics and transportation; tourism and hospitality; healthcare; and cyber security in the first phase.

The strategy also includes a plan to build a well-established “UAE brand of AI” through activities that will make the country “a test platform” for the technology. This will see the UAE launch training and qualification programmes and pursue talent building, research, data development and governance.

Other resolutions

The UAE Cabinet also adopted the National Strategy for Integrated Chemicals Management to reduce their health and environmental impact and manage risks.

As for legislative affairs, the UAE Cabinet adopted a number of decisions and laws within the framework of the organisation of government work.

The resolutions included the preparation of a draft federal law to amend some provisions pertaining to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the amendment of some articles of the Federal Law on the Diplomatic and Consular Service. The Cabinet reviewed the recommendations of the Federal National Council on policies by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and Ministry of Economy.

In international relations, the Cabinet adopted and ratified a number of agreements.

8 objectives of the AI strategy

>Reaffirm the UAE’s position as a global hub for artificial intelligence

>Increase the competitive edge of the AI sector in the UAE

>Establish an incubator for AI innovations

>Employ AI in the field of customer services to improve the quality of life

>Attract and train talents for jobs of the future

>Attract leading research capabilities

>Provide a data-driven infrastructure to support AI experiments

>Optimise AI governance and regulations

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