Dubai begins robotics and automation program to boost the economy of the future

Dubai begins robotics and automation program to boost the economy of the future

Dubai has launched a robotics and automation program to support the development of technologies as part of the emirate’s move towards a future economy.

The Dubai Media Office said on Twitter that the Dubai Robotics and Automation Program, launched by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed on Wednesday, will help develop robotics technology and empower national talent.

The program is led by the Dubai Future Foundation, It aims to increase the contribution of the robotics and automation sector to 9 percent of the emirate’s GDP within 10 years.

It includes five major initiatives and focuses on five future areas of research and development, including production and manufacturing, health, logistics and transportation, tourism and customer services, and improving business conditions.

The media office said that the program will also provide 200,000 robots to raise levels of efficiency and productivity in the service, industrial and logistics sectors, and contribute to enhancing the competitiveness of the economy over the next ten years.

Sheikh Hamdan, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai and President of the Dubai Future Foundation, said that the development of the robotics and automation sector will help diversify Dubai’s future economy and contribute to creating new economic opportunities and improving the quality of life. .

“We seek to make Dubai one of the top 10 cities in the world in the field of robotics and automation by adopting and developing advanced robotics technologies, empowering national talent and generating new and innovative solutions, products and services,” he said.

The media office said that the strategy will also contribute to “Dubai’s leadership regionally and globally to be one of the best cities of the future and the most prepared to employ and develop future technology.”

Dubai is strengthening efforts to support the development of its future economy.

In July, the emirate formed a Higher Committee for Future Technology and Digital Economy, which aims to help shape the future of artificial intelligence by investing in the metaverse and creating partnerships to boost Dubai’s digital economy.

The Dubai government also unveiled a metaverse strategy this year that aims to create 40,000 jobs and add $4 billion to the emirate’s economy in the next five years.

The strategy, which aims to place the emirate among the top 10 cities that will shape the future of emerging technology globally, aims to fivefold the number of blockchain and metaverse companies.

The media office said that as part of the latest program, laboratories are dedicated to developing and testing robotics and automation technologies, providing a platform for collaborative projects, creating prototypes and engaging the public in innovative product experiences.

Sheikh Hamdan also called on government agencies in Dubai and the private sector to enhance cooperation with local and international research and academic institutions to develop a regulatory and legal environment that supports the growth of the robotics and automation sector.

All initiatives to be organized and launched as part of the program will be overseen by the Dubai Council for Robotics and Automation, made up of representatives from the public and private sectors and academia.

The media office said the program supports the development of future sectors in Dubai, including transportation, space, healthcare, education and artificial intelligence.

The robotics and automation program in Dubai is based on three pillars – governance, support for research and development, and adoption and use of technologies.

As part of the governance aspect, the program will develop structural supportive mechanisms for bots and automation development, institutionalize collaboration between developers, create an enabling regulatory and legal environment, formulate standards and create a comprehensive knowledge base.

Under the second pillar, it will support scientific research and development, increase funding allocation in key areas, maximize participation of local talent, and increase the pool of industry professionals.

The program will also help industries adopt and use technologies, reduce the cost of adopting robots, institutionalize investment cooperation, support systems integration, ensure public acceptance of new technologies and boost rates of deployment of robotics technology.

Updated: September 21, 2022, 5:09 PM


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