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Dubai university to launch first artificial intelligence degree

British University in Dubai announces plan to launch AI degree as part of UAE's 2031 AI strategy

Dubai university to launch first artificial intelligence degree

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) has launched the country's first bachelors degree in artificial intelligence to support the UAE's 2031 AI strategy.

BUiD, the research-based university, said the degree has been developed in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and is open to both Emiratis and expatriates.

It told media at a press conference attended by Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, that the four-year degree course will start at the end of September, and tuition fees will total AED230,000.

The course follows the announcement last year by the UAE of the appointment of the world’s first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence which followed the unveiling of the UAE 2031 AI strategy, which aims to make the government more efficient and streamlined by developing AI technologies.

In May, Al Olama said the UAE government is expected to save $3 billion per year, thanks to AI and blockchain.

The technologies are two of the most powerful tools revolutionizing the UAE’s pace of innovation, he said at the Future Blockchain Summit.

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