Global Hub for Innovation

UAE: A Global Hub for Innovation

The UAE is rapidly becoming an advanced technology powerhouse and a global hub for the technologies of the future.

In fact, the Global Innovation Index ranked the Emirates as the number one environment for innovation in the Arab World for the eighth consecutive year.

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HE Omar Al Olama at The National’s Connectivity Forum in Abu Dhabi.
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HE Sarah Al Amiri celebrates the UAE’s Hope Probe entering orbit around Mars on February 9, 2021.

From artificial intelligence (AI) to life sciences and the space economy, young Emiratis are playing a leading role in driving innovation. UAE Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology Sarah Al Amiri and Minister of State for AI, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications Omar Al Olama – both in their 30s – have mandates that focus on advances in science, engineering and advanced technologies.

No partner has been more important in the UAE’s progress than the United States. UAE-US business and research partnerships have accelerated and enabled this quantum shift.

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UAE-US Partnerships are driving innovation, growth and development in both countries.

Key US Partners
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UAE-US Cooperation in Action

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Microsoft's expanded partnership and investment in Abu Dhabi's G42 will deliver advanced AI solutions to global public sector clients and ensure AI technologies and cloud capabilities are equitably shared with growing economies worldwide.

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Close bilateral space cooperation facilitated the launch of a UAE probe to Mars, trained Emirati astronauts for NASA-led missions, and will see the UAE construct the airlock for NASA’s Lunar Gateway space station.

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Significant investments by the UAE’s Mubadala Investment Company helped reenergize US semiconductor manufacturing; New York-based GlobalFoundries is now the third largest chipmaker in the world.

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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of the M42 network, and Cleveland Clinic colleagues in the US conducted the UAE’s first robot-assisted kidney transplants.

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IBM and Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) launched an AI Center of Excellence to develop carbon-neutral solutions to existing energy supplies and further natural language processing (NLP) for Arabic dialects.

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) adopted Microsoft’s smart assistant program ‘Copilot’ to enhance public services and utilities.

UAE research institutions, including Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), Khalifa University, NYU Abu Dhabi and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, are at the forefront of critical areas like renewable energy, AI and robotics.


State-of-the-art technology accelerators like Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 and Dubai’s Area 2071 are spaces designed to more easily facilitate collaboration, boost startups in the technology field, and enrich the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Arab region.