Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, the UAE's Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, has signed an agreement with tech giant Dell to provide opportunities for Emirati youth in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).
The partnership agreement will see Dell train 500 Emirati students under a specialised AI programme, supervised by an executive team, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.
"The agreement aims to develop the skills of Emirati youth in AI technology, and offer graduates an opportunity to shape the future and manage AI processes. This move complements our plans to provide development opportunities to students in schools and universities through other initiatives such as the UAE AI Summer Camp," said Al Olama.
"Developing national capabilities and creating a sustainable economy requires the dissemination of the concepts of smart technologies such as AI. It also requires support in terms of expertise for Emirati government and youth, through strategic partnerships that provide world-class trainings in acquiring new skillsets. All these concerted efforts are being made to strengthen UAE’s global status," he added.
The agreement aims at bridging the skills gap in the technology sector and supporting the youth in unlocking their potential to meet the challenges of the future in this rapidly evolving economy, WAM said.
It added that Dell will help the next generation of IT professionals play a pivotal role in improving the efficiency of government organisations by 80 percent, and achieve a cost reduction of up to 45 percent, equivalent to millions of dollars.
Dell, which will be the first company to appoint an ambassador for AI under this agreement, plans to allocate $5.8 billion a year to invest in AI.