UAE has always been a frontrunner when it comes to deploying technological innovations for the good of general public and government services. Every time the world comes to know of different new forms of technology, UAE, most of the times, has been the first to show interest.
Now according to some of the reports, UAE is running out of oil. Probably in the wake of this, the Emirati leaders have realized that they need to diversify their monetary sources. And as UAE doesn’t have many options because of its locational and climatic oddities; it is focusing heavily on making Dubai, the biggest hub for technology.
As a matter of fact, the government announced Smart Dubai Initiative in 2014, which apparently is going to have a lot to do with adoption of AI in order to achieve ‘The Smart Vision’. But the best visible beacon of AI growth that UAE government has flashed is the launch of Ministry of Artificial Intelligence headed by Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, who is clear about the tech-hub’s futuristic goals.
At present, Dubai has already kicked-off the application of AI in different sectors across the city. Let us take a look at how well UAE has responded to the dawn of AI.
Dubai has always been serious about its transportation systems, especially the one for public. This is the reason why the city almost never faces traffic issues. In the pursuit of improving the public transport even more, Dubai is building an even better, sophisticated and organized autonomous traffic system with the help of driverless cars.
In 2017, Dubai signed a deal with founder of Tesla, Elon Musk for 200 AI-powered Tesla S and Tesla X cars to be included in the Dubai Taxi Corporation. The government aims to make at least 25% of car trips in Dubai, driverless. Quickly after the Tesla deal, authorities announced that regulations for AI-powered driverless vehicles will soon be launched.
With the launch of Ministry of AI, one thing is clear – UAE is taking AI integration of the nation, quite seriously. While UAE is planning to leverage AI to attract tech-lovers from around the world, the primary goal of the country is to give its people an even better life standard.
The gulf nation recently showcased its intentions to make the best use of AI for its people by launching a 1-stop centre in Dubai, which offers more than 100 services for general public. This Smart Centre has been powered by one of the biggest AI technologies in the world – Watson by IBM. Apart from that, the AI paradise has robots and a government representative from the ministries of UAE. And from what the sources say, UAE is aiming to transform existing economy to a self-sustained AI economy.
For years, we have been fascinated about robots that have minds of their own, real-time logic and accurate decision-making capabilities, but not Dubai. Lately, Dubai launched world’s first robot cop REEM, which keeps an eye out for crimes and anything unusual. The robot has a touch-screen that can be used by anyone to report or enquire about certain crimes. In accordance with UAE’s aim to build an enforcement system backed by AI technology, Dubai is aiming to establish police stations run and governed entirely by Robots.
UAE’s initiative to introduce AI in its education sector as well, has showed the world as in how the nation has managed to secure a rank among the most literate nations. UAE currently has a literacy rate of over 90%, but are they planning to stop? Certainly not!
ATLAB – a technology-based learning solution established in UAE – has joined hands with the government to use ATLAB TeachAssist to provide one-on-one teaching sessions for students.
ATLAB uses Sanbot Cloud-enabled Service to infuse Artificial Intelligence in its robots. The functions of a TeachAssist robot are not limited to teaching only; rather it can be used by students to answer queries, fetch data on a specific subject and analyse student’s progress as well.