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22 - 23 OCTOBER 2024


UAE poised as world’s next Silicon Valley, ‘Machines Can See’ summit hears


Dubai: The UAE government has launched the ‘Machines Can See 2023’ Summit at the Museum of the Future in Dubai, in partnership between Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications Office and Machines Can See company.

The one-day Summit aims to convene an array of experts from around the world, discussing future of AI and visualising Dubai as a place with the capability to envision and bring projects to reality, which will contribute to the UAE creating the next Silicon Valley, the Office said.

Silicon Valley is a hub in California, USA, that is home to the world’s top tech firms, and it has become synonymous with pioneering the latest innovations.

Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications said the UAE has established its status as the best hub for global conferences that specialise in future-oriented and technological fields. He added that the country is also a global platform for experts, decision-makers, and academics specialised in these fields, facilitating positive transformations and comprehensive societal changes based on the country’s vision.

Al Olama further stated that hosting international conferences focused on future sectors in the UAE reflects the government’s commitment to accelerating the country’s plans for digital transformation. Additionally, by holding meaningful dialogues on artificial intelligence developments and rapid changes in technological fields, the country will create opportunities for new ideas and projects that enhance its leadership and contribute to achieving the goals of the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031.

Speaking at a panel discussion titled ‘Government, Business and Science’ at the summit, the experts conversed about the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the UAE and its potential to become the next Silicon Valley.

Advantage ‘Dub.ai’

Exploring the seamless possibilities of AI, policymakers from the public sector, businesses, and academia opined that the UAE is rapidly transforming its visions and solidifying its global status as a hub of advanced technologies, particularly in AI.

Alexander Khanin, founder and director of Polynome, which organised the summit, said: “We are privileged to host the summit in partnership with the Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications Office. The name ‘Dub.ai’ reflects the UAE’s supportive environment for innovation and AI advancement for humanity’s benefit. We brought some of the brightest minds in the field to the prestigious Museum of the Future, sharing their powerful vision and knowledge.”

During the discussion, Sharif Al Badawi, CEO of Dubai Future District Fund, said: “All cities around the world aspire to become the next Silicon Valley. However, to become that, a city needs to consider the factors contributing to the innovation ecosystem: a combination of talent, capital, private sector engagement and commercialisation.”

Elaborating on what more it would take for the UAE to create a Silicon Valley, he added: “It is possible by finding a way to commercialise research and innovations in science and technology to create a successful ecosystem similar to Silicon Valley. The government, academia, and corporates also play important roles in creating an environment conducive to innovation.

“As the UAE has successfully attracted talent, it is now embarking on the journey towards perfecting knowledge creation and building technical capabilities. This is the next wave happening in the nation. Our efforts will unlock the potential within Dubai’s Government-related entities to create value-add tracks for technologists building in the region.”

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