The UAE government’s annual meeting in Abu Dhabi concluded yesterday, with the launch of the country’s Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and Chairman of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Council, affirmed that the strategy aims to strengthen the UAE’s position as a global hub by means of advancing innovation and future technologies. It also reflects the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to position the UAE as a global model in adopting leading-edge technologies to serve society and achieve happiness and sustainability.
Al Gergawi also pointed out that this vision will only be possible by means of cooperation, team work and effective partnerships between government entities.
The strategy focuses on a number of key fields. It will provide a smart and enhanced learning experience in the education sector, capable of providing the necessary expertise to develop advanced technologies such as science, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.
It will also transform the health and medical industry in the UAE through the introduction of intelligent genomic medicine. The adoption of intelligent and personal genomic medicine will in turn boost the country’s position as a global centre for future health care and will enhance medical tourism in the UAE.
The strategy will also focus on robotic health care and adopt research in nanotechnology to facilitate the application of telemedicine and advance the overall health-care services in the UAE.
Other areas outlined in the strategy seek to enhance economic security through adopting digital economy and blockchain technologies in financial transactions and services, as well as an emphasis on 3D printing projects and the shift from centralised power plants to the decentralisation of power generation as well as space exploration and the development of associated technologies.
The strategy also sets out to optimise the utilisation of satellite data in the planning of future cities, and to develop advanced defence industries by developing national industries in the field of robotics and autonomous vehicle technologies.