With a GDP of AED 1.5 trillion in 2020, the UAE's economy is the fifth-largest in the Middle East. The UAE economy, which was once reliant on oil exports, is now increasingly dependent on earnings from petroleum and natural gas. Economic diversification has occurred in recent years, particularly in Dubai. According to studies, the worldwide number of internet-connected devices is predicted to reach 1 trillion by 2030, with the UAE alone expected to achieve this amount by 2050. As a transit country between the East and the West with a pro-business environment, the UAE has become a technology powerhouse for the Internet of Things in all fields, enabling digital transformation in airports, freight, and logistics.
DUBAI: Six years after the Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority laid the roadmap for driverless vehicles by 2030, smart mobility has swept the landscape with intelligent concepts that are changing the region's social infrastructure. The move has already spurred sustainable cities into high gear with smart transportation such as autonomous shuttles, e-bikes and e-buggies set to own the roads. An excellent example of a fully-integrated residential project is Sharjah Sustainable City. This eco-friendly concept is powering a net-zero energy community with energy-efficient villas that promise to offer sustainable living at no extra cost. Developed by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority in partnership with Diamond Developers, the sustainable city will host the best green technology, including solar-powered smart homes, bio-domes for vertical farming, electric vehicle chargers, driverless shuttles and a biogas plant. "The UAE is the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council to commit to net-zero by 2050; all growth and development must align with that commitment, which means we have to do our bit," Karim El-Jisr, chief sustainability officer, SSC, told Arab News.
During the meeting, a presentation was made featuring the City Brain system for developing the public transport network planning, which RTA intends to implement this year in cooperation with Alibaba. The system, which is meant for managing urban traffic systems, uses AI and advanced algorithm to analyse a massive number of big data captured from nol cards, buses and taxis in operation as well as the Enterprise Command and Control Centre. Then it converts the data into information useful in sending instant notifications about the revised bus schedules and routes. The system is expected to improve the bus ridership by 17 per cent, reduce the average waiting time by 10 per cent, and shorten the journey time and the average bus use by five per cent.
His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama has been appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence in October 2017, and then was appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications in July 2020. His responsibilities include enhancing the government performance levels by investing in the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors. His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama is Spearheading UAE efforts to be positioned as a global leader in Digital economy, With the focus to enhance UAEs digital economy contribution to the GDP. His Excellency is also focused on strengthening the UAE's position as a global reference in remote work applications. His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama is currently the Managing Director of the World Government Summit.
InstaDeep is an EMEA leader in delivering decision-making AI products. Leveraging their extensive know-how in GPU-accelerated computing, deep learning, and reinforcement learning, they have built products, such as the novel DeepChain platform, to tackle the most complex challenges across a range of industries. InstaDeep has also developed collaborations with global leaders in the AI ecosystem, such as Google DeepMind, NVIDIA, and Intel. They are part of Intel's AI Builders program and are one of only 2 NVIDIA Elite Service Delivery Partners across EMEA. The InstaDeep team is made up of approximately 155 people working across its network of offices in London, Paris, Tunis, Lagos, Dubai, and Cape Town, and is growing fast.
Uber announced a few big plans at its product event on Monday, including autonomous deliveries and the ability to specify if you want your ride to be an electric vehicle. Now, to be clear, these new features will not be rolling out to everyone right away. Uber rolled out its Comfort Electric program in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dubai, while promising it would add more cities soon. The feature lets riders choose an electric ride, similar to how you can order a larger vehicle (Uber XL) or a ride with your pet (Uber Pet). "It's as simple as tap a button and request a ride in a premium EV like a Tesla or Polestar," the company wrote in a press release.
Uber has unveiled plans to trial autonomous'sidewalk robots' to deliver food to people's doorsteps. The US ride-hailing giant announced the idea as part of a raft of new features and services for its customers. These included an option for those in certain cities to specifically request a ride in an electric car, which Uber said was part of its global commitment to becoming a zero-emissions mobility platform by 2040. Comfort Electric is now available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Dubai, with more cities to come soon. The sidewalk robot concept is one of two autonomous delivery pilot programs being trialled in California.