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HE Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence and Deputy Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), was leading an Emirati delegation during his visit to Washington, USA, on 16 April 2019. This visit comes as part of the preparation to host “FIRST Global”, the first international robotics challenge of its kind in the region. During the 7th World Government Summit last February, HE Mohammed Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation, announced that Dubai would host the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge in October 2019. FIRST Global will be held in the Arab world for the first time after previous editions were held in the US and Mexico. The event will inspire young students in fields like science, math, technology and innovation to find solutions to different sectors like water and energy. Over 2,000 youth participants representing 193 countries are expected in Dubai.

“Robotics is one of the most important future technologies that attract talents from all over the globe, and is considered a key factor in shaping the future of humanity,” said Al Olama. “This global competition will serve as a platform for the brightest minds and talents from all around the world, and will help showcase their innovations and creativity in the field of robots,” he added. […]

We are proud to see the Dubai Future Foundation host the world’s largest robotics competition, elevating and re-emphasizing the UAE’s vision of a developed world that employs various technologies for the benefit of humanity,” said Rick Perry, US Secretary Of Energy. […]

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