The UAE has appointed Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, aged 27, as the country’s first minister of State for Artificial Intelligence (AI) as part of a cabinet reshuffle.
Earlier, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, announced the UAE Strategy for artificial intelligence, a major part of the UAE Centennial 2070 objectives.
The AI initiative aims to improve government performance and create an innovative and highly-productive environment by means of investing in AI.
“We initiated electronic services 16 years go and today we are launching a fresh stage relying on Artificial Intelligence,” Sheikh Mohammed said. “We are seeking to adopt tools and methodologies related to artificial intelligence to expedite and ensure more efficiency for government services at all levels.”
In the last significant structural change, Sheikh Mohammed announced in February last year that the UAE will outsource most government tasks to the private sector and cut the number of ministries.
Omar Sultan Al-Ulama holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a diploma in project management and excellence, in addition to a number of professional certificates.
Earlier, UAE has appointed Omar Sultan Al-Ulama as director of the World Government Summit Organisation to strengthen its position as a global platform for shaping the future. UAE aims to empower qualified young Emiratis to take over leadership positions, and ensure their active involvement in the overall development process, in order to achieve Vision 2021.
The minister is in the top left corner in the image