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Qatar’s National Artificial Intelligence Strategy

23 Nov, 2021
TopicCommunications and IT
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Qatar’s National Artificial Intelligence Strategy

Qatar needs an overarching Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy that supports the national vision and is rooted in its local context. The goal of this strategy is to leverage AI to secure Qatar’s economic and strategic future and prepare the society for effective adoption of AI technology that is aligned with local needs and traditions.

The AI ​​strategy is focused on six thematic pillars that together will guide Qatar towards the transition to an AI future. Currently, there is a growing consensus that AI technology will permeate all aspects of human life: health, entertainment, business activity, education and research. Modern AI focuses on using data as a strategic resource.

Raw data should be coupled with the technology's ability to produce new AI-based products that will transform the normative basis of how societies operate. Qatar, having invested heavily in education and research infrastructure, is poised to play a pioneering role in the future of artificial intelligence

Pillars of Qatar’s AI Strategy

Qatar’s National AI Strategy has six pillars: education, data access, employment, business, research, and ethics. It envisions two roles for Qatar: First, Qatar must become capable of producing world class AI applications in areas of national interest and have a business environment enabling the use AI as a driver for innovation. Second, Qatar must be an efficient consumer of AI, with a properly educated citizenry, sound laws, and ethical guidelines.

The National AI strategy would be a powerful technological enabler for Qatar National Vision 2030, which is organized around four pillars: economic, social, human, and environmental, and AI is indispensable for all the four pillars. For example, the economic pillar calls for the development of a “knowledge-based economy.” By investing in AI education and homegrown AI solutions, the effort to ground the economy on knowledge capital can be accelerated. Similarly, developing an endogenous AI-based capacity for promoting transportation efficiency can help reduce pollution and foster environmental development.

For more information, please check the detailed file of Qatar’s National Artificial Intelligence Strategy.