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MoIAT, MBZUAI boost UAE’s industrial capacity in 4IR

ABU DHABI, 12th December, 2021 (WAM) — The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), in collaboration with Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), has concluded a new advanced workshop designed to enhance the nation’s industrial capacity in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies.

The course, Industry 4.0 and AI for Industrial Leaders, aims to develop knowledge and skills around the incredible power of AI in smart manufacturing and how it helps the implementation of the UAE’s industrial strategy. The program’s developers aim to raise awareness on Industry 4.0’s core elements, concepts, trends and values.

The key objectives of the program are to help participants gain an understanding of I4.0 and the role of AI in industry; to position I4.0 and AI in the UAE Vision 2071 from a business leadership perspective; to acquire the necessary knowledge and methods to incorporate I4.0 in strategy development; and to build a long-term productive relationship with industry leaders and business owners.

Spanning three days, the virtual workshops included the study of successful case studies applied in the UAE, and ways to educate on the basic elements of AI, its trends, and its impact. Moreover, it emphasised the role of advanced technology in the industrial sector through the Industry 4.0 program launched by MoIAT as part of Projects of the 50, which is designed to stimulate the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution solutions in the UAE industrial sector.

Mohammed Al Qasim, Director of Science and Technology Adoption and Development at MoIAT, said, "It is our mandate to help companies in the industrial sector innovate and adopt advanced technology solutions, in collaboration with strategic partners such as the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence.

Al Qasim continued, "The workshop is aligned with the ministry’s goals of building an active economy, achieving digital, technical and scientific excellence, and positioning the UAE as a hub for talents and investments. It will play a crucial role in sharpening capabilities in the industrial sector and honing the skills of leaders in both public- and private-sector entities."

The workshop has been designed to help achieve the objectives of UAE Industry 4.0, which aims to raise the level of industrial productivity in the UAE by 30 percent and add AED25 billion to the national economy over the next 10 years, enhancing the country’s global competitiveness.

MBZUAI President, Professor Eric Xing, commented, "The big picture is that implementation of AI systems promises to improve the quality of industrial inputs and increase regional and international competitiveness. There is massive capacity for the impact of machine learning in the space of intelligence manufacturing as well–as systems get smarter, waste can be reduced, and smart human decisions can be supplemented with big data.

"Workshops such as this help put governmental and industrial decision makers in direct contact with global experts who can help illuminate how AI can be a competitive advantage, and they can help kick off the kind of peer communities needed to make implementation of AI a sustainable force for the country’s continued progress."

Participants in the workshop included leaders involved in various industry verticals and leaders looking to target AI product development, service delivery, policymaking, or potential industries. Leaders came from areas most likely to be impacted from AI, including manufacturing and industry executives and leaders, manufacturing business owners, and digital transformation leaders in industry.

Two faculty members from MBZUAI led the sessions, Associate Professor of Machine Learning, Dr. Martin Takac, and Assistant Professor of Computer Vision, Dr. Mohammad Yaqub. Keynote speakers included the Head of Technology Adoption at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, Tariq Al Hashmi; the Director of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Office, Saqr Binghalib; and the Director of MBZUAI Professional Services, Dr. Ahmed Dabbagh.

Industrial trainers included the Head of XR Healthcare and the Munfarid President – VRAR Association MENA, Dr. Sana Farid; the Head of AI and Smart Data at Etisalat, Dr. Abdel Kader Es Slami; and the Founder and CEO Immensa Additive Manufacturing, Fahmi Al Shawwa. Guest speakers included the the EVP of Technology & Advanced Materials, Dr. Abdelqader Abusafieh; IBM Chief Data Scientist Dr. Ahmad El Sayed; and the Head of Digitalisation MENA at DHL, Praveen Sashi.

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Dubai Police warns Against Using Police Emergency Strobe Lights

The Dubai Traffic Police has recently warned motorists against using police and emergency vehicle warning lights, after two vehicles were spotted on the road taking advantage of the exclusive entitlement of the police to be given way in case of emergency.

Colonel Juma bin Suwaidan, Acting Director of the General Traffic Department, urged road users to adhere to traffic laws to avoid facing legal liabilities and prevent endangering their lives and others.

Col bin Suwaidan stated further that the police patrols had impounded two vehicles on two separate occasions for illegally fitting their vehicles with using emergency warning lights similar to the police, giving other motorists a false impression of authority to give way.

“We have spotted one at the Emirates Road and the other at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. Reports were filed against the two, and their vehicles were confiscated and fined,” he added.


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Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan announces the launch of the “Emirati Miniatures initiative” from the Courtauld Gallery in London.

“Art is the mirror of history and a true reflection of the extent of the civilised development of society.”

I feel a special state of spiritual and intellectual transcendence. ” Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma expressed her conviction in the value of the arts and their being a title for advanced people and civilizations. This statement came during Her Highness’ visit to the Gallery in the British capital, London, at the beginning of her meetings and her visit as part of Her Highness’s cultural and knowledge programme for knowledge and human communication.

The Courtauld Gallery is interested in the history of the arts through different ages and human civilizations, and many of the senior art historians in the British scientific community belong to it. The Museum: Edouard Manet, Vanessa Bell, and Lucas Cranach (Painting of Adam and Eve), as well as the French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, the Dutch artist Van Gogh, and many other artists.

Her Highness and the accompanying delegation were welcomed by Professor Deborah Salo, Director of the College; Dr. Karen Sears; Mrs. Francesca Hoyt and Mrs. Camilla Knight, where Her Highness and the accompanying delegation accompanied Professor Debrois on a tour between the various pavilions of the museum and the exhibition.

Her Highness held a meeting with the director of the gallery and the work team, where she thanked and appreciated them for their good reception. During the meeting, ways of cooperation between Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan’s cultural and educational institutions and between the Courtauld institutes were discussed, and experiences were exchanged in the field of presenting. There were lectures and technical workshops between the Emirati technical cadres and the technical cadres of the college, and Her Highness announced during the meeting the launching of the (Emirati Miniatures) initiative, which will be launched next October. It is an initiative dedicated to Emirati artists, using palm fronds as a basis for drawing accurate artistic miniatures that express the Emirati and human heritage. Her Highness invited them to attend the exhibition of the artworks participating in the initiative. Professor Deborah was very impressed with the idea of the initiative, especially the use of date palms, as they represent a heritage value in desert communities.

At the end of the meeting, Her Highness gifted the college a set of publications that talk about art in the United Arab Emirates, as part of the (Knowledge for Humanity) initiative launched by Her Highness last year, which aims to make the world know the Emirati civilization and its ancient folk heritage by donating museums and universities. To be among its holdings, with knowledge sources of books and technological means that define the UAE between the past, present, and future.

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Breaking / Federal Supreme Council elects Mohamed bin Zayed as UAE President

ABU DHABI, 14th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Federal Supreme Council today unanimously elected His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates.

The Council held a meeting today at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman; H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah; H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain; and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said that according to Article 51 of the Constitution, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was unanimously elected as the President of the UAE to succeed the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Their Highnesses, the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have reaffirmed their keenness to continue implementing the authentic values and principles laid down by the late deceased, Sheikh Khalifa, following on from the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These have consolidated the UAE’s status at both regional and global levels.

The Federal Supreme Council expressed its full confidence that the people of the UAE will remain, as Sheikh Zayed and the founders believed, “a faithful guardian of the Union and its gains at all levels”.

Their Highnesses wished H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan success in serving his people and country.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his appreciation for the precious trust placed in him by his brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, praying to the Almighty to guide and help him to bear the responsibility of this great trust and to fulfil its tasks of serving his country and people.


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