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The Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the UAE, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, released a statement on October 17 praising the UAE's Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI). The UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence is the launch of a sustainable and data-centric future, he said.

The announcement by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, of the UAE strategy for Artificial Intelligence, is an "affirmation of the country's leadership, and its sincere efforts to create a bright future based on sustainability and innovation," said Mr. Al Mansoori.

"The journey of our glorious union has always been a continuous occasion to confirm the proactive spirit of making the future," he added. "Today, in the midst of the world's major transformations in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), our wise leadership foresees a new horizon to place us at the global forefront towards Artificial Intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution."

Al Mansoori said government entities are "honored to have been together in the smart/electronic transformation workshop under the patronage of our wise leadership, hence we are proudly prepared to continue the path towards the achievement of our highest goals for the UAE centennial 2017, and the UAE strategy for Artificial Intelligence is at the heart of it."

He said the government is aware of the "exceptional importance of data as the new oil of the upcoming era." Data, he said, is the "raw material for the formation and analysis of patterns, which lead to the activation of Artificial Intelligence and achievement of unprecedented leaps of productivity and efficiency on economic, cognitive and scientific levels."

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