GITEX Global, one of the world’s most prestigious technology exhibitions, kicked off with a bang as it unveiled some groundbreaking announcements. Under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, the five-day event promises to set the stage for technological advancements that will shape our future.
One of the major highlights of GITEX Global is the introduction of AI-powered government services. Microsoft, in collaboration with Kagool, announced the development of Citizen Companion, an AI interface that aims to revolutionize the way residents engage with government services. This interface will support multiple languages and streamline processes such as renewing driving licenses, applying for UAE Golden Visas, and paying traffic fines. By leveraging AI and residents’ Emirates IDs, this innovation aims to enhance efficiency, save time, and eliminate administrative hassles.
Another groundbreaking development is the formation of Core42 by G42, the company behind the world’s fastest supercomputer. Core42 will focus on delivering AI solutions and services, catering specifically to the public sector and regulated industries. Led by G42’s Group CTO Kiril Evtimov, Core42 will offer scalable cloud solutions, AI cloud, and HPC infrastructure. It will also prioritize AI research and implementation to drive generative AI for enterprise across various sectors and government organizations. Additionally, Core42 will emphasize cybersecurity to protect organizations against data breaches and cyber-attacks.
Telecommunications company e& took innovation to the next level by launching the world’s first autonomous telecom store powered by AI. The store, named EASE (Etisalat by e& Autonomous Store Experience), integrates AI, facial recognition, smart gates, robotics, and smart dispensing machines. Customers can enter the store using facial recognition or the etisalat by e& app, explore a variety of products and services, and complete self-checkout, revolutionizing the retail experience.
In line with the growing focus on green initiatives, ride-hailing company Careem announced its commitment to sustainability. The company’s e-bike service, Careem Bike, has already displaced over 2.9 million tonnes of CO2 since its launch in 2020, equivalent to the emissions of 834 cars. Additionally, 53% of Careem ride-hailing trips in 2023 were completed using hybrid or electric vehicles. With a fleet of over 75 electric Teslas and more than 1,400 hybrids in the UAE, Careem is making significant strides towards reducing carbon emissions.
GITEX Global also witnessed the launch of the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League (A2RL), adding another dimension to future mobility innovation. A2RL integrates AI, autonomy, and extreme sports, with the first autonomized Dallara Super Formula, SF23, at its core. Powered by ASPIRE, this autonomous vehicle will participate in the inaugural race in 2024 at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. The event will showcase autonomous car races, drone races, and dune buggy races, pushing the boundaries of technology and entertainment.
Amidst these exciting announcements, the UAE’s Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Omar Sultan Al Olama, called for greater governance in the realm of AI. Highlighting the need for regulations, especially in the context of autonomous weaponry, Al Olama stressed the importance of ethical decision-making and the potential implementation of a Geneva Convention or a rule of law.
GITEX Global continues to serve as a platform for groundbreaking technological advancements and transformative ideas. With its focus on AI-powered government services, AI solutions, autonomous retail, sustainability, and autonomous racing, this exhibition is propelling us into a future driven by innovation and efficiency. As the world looks to the UAE for leadership in technology, these announcements set the stage for a brighter and more technologically advanced future.