Dubai to host first Artificial Intelligence show in April

The first edition of the World AI Show will take place in Dubai as the city continues its drive to become the world’s smartest, Arabian Business reported.

Organised by business events company Trescon, the show which will showcase the latest in artificial intelligence and will move on to Singapore, Mumbai, and Paris after the April 11-12 date at The Address Dubai Mall.

The show arrives as the UAE has put itself at the forefront of AI development with the announcement of a dedicated ministry for AI, and with Dubai Police implementing a fully functional robot police.

Dubai also plays the incubation host to dozens of emerging AI startups and digital transformative technologies.

The country’s market cap for AI is set to touch the $50 billion mark by 2025 while Saudi Arabia has also developed a keenness for AI.

Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, and one of the many speakers at the show, said: “The concept of AI scares the common man because his knowledge about it is low. We could either wait for the full-scale global incorporation of this technology before educating the masses, or we can skip to the front of the line and prepare the people for the inevitable.”

Organisers said the show is set to form a precedent for the future, which is the inevitable foray of AI into every sector by 2030. The usage of this technology has already found its way into the healthcare, automotive and defence sectors across the world.

Mohammed Saleem, CEO of Trescon, said that the show was a requirement in the untapped market, which was seeing systematic growth in particular sectors alone.

“We are conducting this show on a global scale because we saw a visible absence of platforms that discuss futuristic technology and their possible business opportunities. The advent of AI started with automation and is no longer a pipe dream! How can a business of tomorrow thrive unless we speak about it and address all of its concerns, today,” he said.

Dr Sohail Munir, who serves as an advisor in the Smart Dubai Government initiative, added: “Dubai is one of the fastest evolving cities in the world when it comes to futuristic technologies like AI and Machine Learning. The government has extended their hand and full support for the immediate and strategic development of AI within the country.”

This week, the Dubai Municipality had revealed plans for an artificial intelligence-led “Wastenizer” project, which transports and processes waste to generate energy.

The UAE has also adopted the formation of the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence to ensure the implementation of the latest technologies across various sectors.

Artificial intelligence is making strides in other parts of the Gulf. Last year, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, announced plans to build an entirely new city called “NEOM” that will be led by AI. 

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