A fourth industrial revolution

Given the primary role it plays in shaping the future, the UAE is investing in emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, semiconductors, nanotechnology and 3D printing, and in strategies and initiatives to ensure a better quality of life for everyone.

Attracting the world’s best innovators: With the establishment of 45 “free zones” such as Dubai Internet City, Sharjah Media City and Fujairah’s Creative City, the UAE is encouraging global companies to bring with them a world of skills and knowledge.

A more innovative Government: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation was established to stimulate and enrich the culture of innovation within the government sector through the development of an integrated innovation framework – providing a place for public sector brainstorming, workshops and labs.  Government Departments each have a Chief Executive Officer of Innovation, demonstrating the level of commitment the UAE has in this area.

The world’s first Minister for Artificial Intelligence (AI): Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama is charged with the role of bringing about the UAE’S vision to be at the forefront of the global technological revolution through an investment in AI.

Smart Cities – Cities such as Dubai city are launching a number of projects and initiatives that use advanced technologies to enhance and improve the lives of residents, visitors and businesses – from smart apps and free WiFi to a 5D control room that can better facilitate the flow of traffic and emergencies.

 A global leader in 3D printing: Having built the world’s first 3D printed building, a revolutionary efficient technology for building, Dubai plans to be the world’s 3D printing hub by 2025, with 25% of every new building, to be 3D printed.

Driverless transport: From driverless cars, boats and aircraft, the UAE’s transportation will radically transform in the next decades by harnessing artificial intelligence. The Dubai government in particular is well on track to meet its goal of having one in four journeys driverless by 2030.