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March 3, 2024

Dubai Centre for AI: Accelerator Programmes attract hundreds of global startups

Since its launch earlier this year by the Dubai Future Foundation, 615 startups from 55 countries have applied in the Accelerator Programmes of Dubai Centre for Artificial Intelligence’s (DCAI)

Thirty startups have secured their spot in the programmes and will develop their disruptive AI solutions during the eight-week programme, launched to provide advanced technology startups and entrepreneurs with an opportunity to develop AI uses and applications in the government and media sectors at AREA 2071, according to a report by the Dubai Media Office.

The accelerator, the first of its kind, was developed in cooperation between DCAI and Dubai Future Accelerators, one of Dubai Future Foundation’s (DFF) initiatives.

The programme supports the development of AI-based solutions to current and future challenges in two main sectors: government services and media and communications.

Saeed Al Falasi, Director of DCAI, said, “The DCAI Accelerator Programmes supports the government sector in Dubai by developing new projects and finding innovative solutions to current and future challenges. This global initiative empowers startups and entrepreneurs from around the world, enhancing Dubai’s leadership in employing future technology to keep pace with rapid changes in various sectors.”

“This programme has global significance and has received international interest. It represents an innovative model through which Dubai aims to attract technology companies to work with government agencies to harness AI tools for shaping the future of governance and enhancing quality of life for all.”

DCAI Accelerator Programmes structure

The DCAI Accelerator Programmes comprise the Future of Generative AI in Government Services, and the Future of Generative AI in Media and Communications.

Future of Generative AI in Government Services Programme: This  focuses on refining existing services, creating new, innovative services, enhancing operational efficiency, and enabling government employees to use generative AI tools to increase productivity and ensure everyone, anywhere, can access services.

Future of Generative AI in Media and Communications Programme: This focuses on cooperating with international AI startups to employ the latest media content creation practices, streamline distribution, maximise reach, tailor user experiences, reduce costs, improve quality and income, and apply AI for data analysis and strategic planning, as well as helping advertisers maximise their return on investment and personalise ads using AI.

The projects will be evaluated by a specialised committee which includes AI experts.

Successful applicants will be invited to Dubai to work closely with government agencies to develop their projects and prepare for their implementation.