Embracing the Future with His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama Global Vision for AI and Society

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In a world that’s rapidly changing thanks to digital advancements, artificial intelligence (AI) stands out as one of the most exciting and transformative technologies.  

Leading this charge is His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama the United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, affirmed that the United Arab Emirates, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the proactive thinking of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.  

Together this inspirational leadership collective, have positioned technology and digitization as the cornerstone of governmental development and growth. This strategic emphasis on AI and technology enables the vision to transform eGovernment to eGovernance as a critical factor in the nation’s progress, leveraging AI to create unprecedented digital opportunities and lead in building for the future. 

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama recent talks at various global and local events has painted an inspiring picture of AI’s future and its potential to enhance our lives. 


UAE Are Leading the AI Revolution 

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama journey as a trailblazer in AI began with the UAE’s groundbreaking decision to appoint the world’s first AI minister in 2017. This move highlights the United Arab Emirates (UAE) dedication to being at the forefront of AI innovation.  

As H.E Omar Sultan Al Olama explains, “The UAE is not just keeping up with the AI revolution but is actively driving it. By investing heavily in AI infrastructure, the UAE aims to be a global hub for AI development and application” (Atlantic Council TV)​​ (Atlantic Council). 


Smart AI Governance  

A key strategic theme is the importance of smart governance for AI. UAE believes that instead of trying to “control AI” technology itself, we should focus on “governing how it’s used”. This approach ensures that AI is deployed ethically and beneficially across various industries and society for both government, business and citizens.  

The UAE also stresses the need for a global consensus on AI governance to avoid the slow response seen with climate change. Addressing governance issues head-on can help us leverage AI’s benefits while managing its risks (Dubai Future Foundation). 


Transforming Economies and Enhancing Lives 

AI has immense economic potential.  

The global generative AI market is set to grow significantly, with about 97 million jobs in AI projected by 2025. This isn’t just about creating new jobs but transforming existing industries and boosting the digital economy and in doing so, bridge the digital divide. 

Beyond the economics, AI has the power to improve our quality of life. Envisioning AI to improve the quality of your life, encourages us to shift our perspective from fearing job losses to embracing the opportunities AI presents. By tapping into AI’s potential, we can drive positive change and enhance societal well-being (GulfNews)​​ (Economy Middle East)​​ (Aljundi). 


Global Collaboration and Initiatives 

International cooperation is crucial in the global vision for AI. UAE involvement in the UN’s High-Level AI Advisory Body shows the UAE’s commitment to fostering global dialogue on AI governance. This body aims to build a worldwide consensus on AI risks and promote the use of AI to achieve sustainable development goals (Al Arabiya). 

The “Building Responsible Artificial Intelligence Forum” launched at the World Government Summit 2024 is another example of the UAE’s proactive approach. These forums bring together global leaders to tackle AI challenges and seize opportunities responsibly (Economy Middle East). 


Mint Group’s Role in AI for Government 

At Mint Group, we are passionate about driving AI innovation, particularly in supporting government initiatives in the Middle East and Africa. Our key focus areas include Decisioning Intelligence and Advanced AI Knowledge Mining for government. 


Decision Intelligence for Government 

Decision Intelligence combines AI and machine learning with decision-making processes to provide actionable insights for governments. By leveraging Microsoft AI technologies, we help governments make smarter, more efficient decisions. With robotic process automation (RPA) we automate repetitive tasks to allow government to focus their efforts on important tasks and decisions. Our solutions analyze vast data sets to identify trends, predict outcomes, and optimize resources helping government to save money and make money with mature operational excellence.  


Advanced AI Knowledge Mining for Government 

Knowledge Mining uses AI to extract valuable insights from data. With Microsoft Azure’s AI capabilities, we assist governments in sifting through unstructured data, such as documents and images, to uncover hidden patterns and information that can inform policy and strategy. Use cases for our solution are incredibly powerful in the healthcare sector, providing clinicians with actionable knowledge, robust diagnostic evidence, and predictive health insights. These capabilities enable proactive health management and improved patient outcomes, transforming healthcare delivery. 


Connecting Microsoft AI to the UAE’s Vision 

Microsoft’s AI technologies are integral to our initiatives at Mint Group. The synergy between our solutions and Microsoft’s cutting-edge AI tools allows us to deliver robust, scalable, and secure AI applications tailored for government use. This collaboration supports the UAE’s vision of becoming a global leader in AI by providing the technological foundation needed to innovate and excel in the digital economy. 


A Call to Embrace AI’s Potential 

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama insights offer a roadmap for navigating the complex terrain of AI development. His emphasis on ethical governance, economic transformation, and international collaboration provides a comprehensive approach to leveraging AI for societal benefit.  

As we stand on the brink of a new era, it’s essential to embrace AI’s potential with an open mind and a proactive stance. The UAE’s vision, as eloquently articulated by H.E Sultan Al Olama, serves as a guiding light in this transformative journey, urging us to harness AI for the greater good and shape a future that benefits all. 

At Mint Group, we are proud to contribute in a positive way to this vision by driving AI innovation in government through our Decision Intelligence and Advanced AI Knowledge Mining initiatives. By leveraging Microsoft AI, we will support the Middle East and Africa Governments achieve ambitious goals to create an AI-driven tomorrow. 



Atlantic Council, “UAE AI Minister Omar Al Olama on artificial intelligence,” April 19, 2024. Atlantic Council 

Gulf News, “UAE is the home for futurists – Omar Al Olama,” Gulf News 

Al Arabiya, “UN appoints UAE artificial intelligence minister to High-Level AI Advisory Body,” Al Arabiya 

Dubai Future Foundation, “Omar Sultan Al Olama: Forward-thinking governments are best positioned to lead the development of AI applications,” October 11, 2023. Dubai Future Foundation 

Economy Middle East, “WGS 2024: Omar Al Olama launches Building Responsible Artificial Intelligence Forum,” Economy Middle East 

Aljundi Journal, “Omar Sultan Al Olama: Artificial Intelligence is a Driving Force and Catalyst for the Future,” February 1, 2024. Aljundi