The UAE has emerged as a leader in the technology space in the Middle East, hosting top global international firms and several top-tier tech conferences and events.
Dubai has its sights set firmly on technology and innovation, and is working towards transforming the emirate into a leading global Smart City. The emirate also aims to become a benchmark for innovation for smart cities looking towards global sustainability and competitiveness.
One recent example of this is the Mostaqbal Portal, launched by the Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation. The initiative aims to cement the UAE as a leader in science and research, and will publish studies and research in the following sectors: space science, health, science, artificial intelligence, smart networks, and virtual reality, among others.
Dubai also adopted a driverless transportation technology strategy in 2016, which will transform 25 per cent of the city’s transport system to be smart and driverless by 2030. The project, which is backed by the Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Future Foundation, is centred around four key pillars: individuals, technology, policies and legislation and infrastructure.
Also in 2016, the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy was introduced, which aims to turn Dubai into a 3D printing technology hub by 2030. Under the initiative, 25 per cent of Dubai’s buildings will be 3D printed over the next fifteen years.