Abu Dhabi’s 67% Surge in AI Companies: A Magnet for Startups, Investors, and Talent

The registration of artificial intelligence (AI) companies in Abu Dhabi has soared by 67 percent between 2021 and 2023, according to a recent study by the Business & Economics Intelligence Sector at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI).

This remarkable growth cements Abu Dhabi’s position as a frontrunner in the global AI landscape and underscores its dedication to leveraging technological innovations for sustainable progress.

The study sheds light on Abu Dhabi’s strategic vision to harness the transformative potential of AI across various sectors, aiming to advance human welfare and drive sustainable development. With a concerted focus on AI investment, the ADCCI aims to boost the reputation and competitiveness of the private sector while positioning Abu Dhabi as the preeminent business destination in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by 2025. This objective is underpinned by the implementation of supportive policies and the embrace of innovation and digital transformations.

Ahmed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, CEO of the ADCCI, commented on the significance of this achievement, stating, “It is expected that the sector will contribute an additional $13 trillion to global economic activity by 2030, an increase equivalent to 16 percent in cumulative global GDP compared to the present.”

Al Qubaisi highlighted that Abu Dhabi’s AI endeavors are aligned with national strategies, including the UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031 and the UAE Centennial Plan 2071. These efforts are guided by the visionary leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The ADCCI’s commitment to advancing AI adoption is evidenced by initiatives such as ChamberGPT, an AI-powered platform designed to streamline business inquiries. Al Qubaisi noted a growing interest among private sector entities and investors in establishing AI-focused companies, alongside a surge in the management and operation of AI robotic systems across various business sectors.

The Abu Dhabi government has bolstered AI adoption through initiatives like the establishment of the Advanced Technology Research Council in May 2020, leading to the creation of AI71, a company dedicated to enhancing decentralized data control globally.

Additionally, the Technological Innovation Institute (TII) was launched to oversee research in AI, data science, and autonomous robots, while the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) has emerged as a prominent institution globally for AI research and education.

The study highlights Abu Dhabi’s strategic investments in AI research, innovation, and infrastructure, positioning it as an attractive destination for AI startups, investors, and talent.

With its comprehensive approach to integrating AI across sectors, Abu Dhabi is poised to capitalize on the transformative potential of artificial intelligence, as it emerges as a leading hub for innovation and sustainable development on the global stage.

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