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Dubai Centre for AI's Accelerator Program Sparks Global Innovation

Jonathan Wong

Jonathan Wong

8 September 2023

Since its launch earlier this year by the Dubai Future Foundation, 615 startups from 55 countries have applied for the Accelerator Programmes of the Dubai Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DCAI). Thirty startups have secured their spot in the programmes and will develop their disruptive AI solutions during the eight-week programme, launched to provide advanced technology startups and entrepreneurs with an opportunity to develop AI uses and applications in the government and media sectors at AREA 2071.

The accelerator, the first of its kind, was developed in cooperation between DCAI and Dubai Future Accelerators, one of Dubai Future Foundation’s (DFF) initiatives. The programme supports the development of AI-based solutions to current and future challenges in two main sectors: government services and media and communications. Saeed Al Falasi, Director of DCAI, stated that the program empowers startups and entrepreneurs from around the world, enhancing Dubai’s leadership in employing future technology to keep pace with rapid changes in various sectors.

The DCAI Accelerator Programmes structure includes two key programs: the Future of Generative AI in Government Services and the Future of Generative AI in Media and Communications. These programs aim to refine existing services, create innovative solutions, enhance operational efficiency, and enable government employees to utilize generative AI tools to improve productivity and accessibility. Additionally, they focus on cooperating with international AI startups to advance media content creation practices, streamline distribution, maximize reach, tailor user experiences, reduce costs, improve quality, and apply AI for data analysis and strategic planning.

The projects developed through these programs will be evaluated by a specialized committee, including AI experts. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with government agencies in Dubai to develop their AI projects and prepare for their implementation, further solidifying Dubai's commitment to leveraging AI tools for governance and enhancing quality of life worldwide.