Ministers also appointed for Advanced Sciences and Food Security as UAE looks to the future
The UAE on Thursday appointed Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama as the country’s first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence as part of a cabinet reshuffle.
Aged just 27, his appointment is part of the UAE’s ambition to be at the forefront of the global technological revolution which sees it planning to be build homes on the planet Mars by 2117.
The position was announced in a tweet by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President and ruler of Dubai who said: “The new Government is a Government for the new Emirati percentage. To develop knowledge. Supporting science and research.”
The move comes just days after Sheikh Mohammed announced the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI), a major part of the UAE Centennial 2070 objectives.
The initiative aims to improve government performance and create an innovative and highly-productive environment by means of investing in AI.
Other new positions created in the reshuffle include a Minister for Advanced Sciences and another for Food Security, according to a series of tweets, written in Arabic.
Sheikh Mohammed said: “The new Government is a Government for the new Emirati percentage. To develop knowledge. Supporting science and research.”
Earlier in a tweet, Sheikh Mohammed said a cabinet reshuffle would be announced on Thursday.
In his tweet, Sheikh Mohammed said the reshuffle would represent “a renewal of blood, a catalyst for change and a preparation for the next stage of our nation’s path”.
In the last significant structural change, Sheikh Mohammed announced in February last year that the UAE planned to outsource most government tasks to the private sector and cut the number of ministries.
He announced the formation of a single education ministry, abolishing the ministry of higher education, and fused several other state bodies into related ministries.