Smart Dubai: Sheikh Mohammed Issues New Law, Launches AI Initiatives
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has highlighted the crucial role of AI technology in shaping Dubai and the UAE’s future
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued Law No. (1) of 2020 on Smart Dubai, which annuls Law No. (29) of 2015 on the establishment of the Smart Dubai Office. As per the new law, which will be published in the Official Gazette, the name "Smart Dubai Office" will be replaced by "Smart Dubai Department" in any related legislation. Sheikh Mohammed will also be issuing a Decree to appoint a Director General for the newly established department, which is responsible for overseeing the emirate’s smart transformation, facilitating the exchange of information between the private and public sectors, and enhancing the efficiency of government services.
Sheikh Mohammed also launched two new artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives to help with the adoption of AI technology in the city, which will impact the country’s future. These initiatives were unveiled during an AI experts retreat on Sunday, organised by the National Programme for Artificial Intelligence. Speaking on the occasion to more than 350 AI experts, Sheikh Mohammed said, “The AI technology has become fundamental to shaping the future of nations and peoples across the world, and is a key element in the action plans of future governments, and a catalyst for the growth of global markets and new economic sectors.”
He further said the UAE is one of the leading nations in the world to promote the role of AI technology in shaping the future. Speaking about the UAE in particular, he said, “AI is a pillar of our future strategies and development plans for the next 50 years, and a vital tool for developing work in all areas related to people’s lives. AI technologies are not limited to government services, but also help improve the living standards of people in the UAE.”