Dubai Municipality Unveils 'AI Roadmap' to Propel Technological Innovation and Quality of Life

Dubai Municipality Unveils 'AI Roadmap' to Propel Technological Innovation and Quality of Life

Dubai Municipality unveiled its 'AI Roadmap' under the Dubai Universal Blueprint for AI initiated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.

Aimed at attracting leading AI firms and talent, it aims to elevate Dubai's quality of life. The roadmap emphasizes deploying advanced tech in strategic projects across municipality activities.

The municipality unveiled its new roadmap during its participation in ‘AI Retreat 2024’, an event organised by the Dubai Centre for Artificial Intelligence in collaboration with the National Program for Artificial Intelligence.

His Excellency Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said that the AI Retreat 2024 reflects the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan to boost the competitiveness and leadership of Dubai as a preferred global destination for futuristic technologies. The event offers new avenues to explore the wide range of opportunities provided by AI technologies, expedite the discovery of their true potential, and harnesses innovative solutions that bolster Dubai’s leadership as a futuristic city. It also provided a platform to facilitate direct communication between the leadership and the government and private sectors, and for sharing best practices and discussing key challenges.

Boost for D33 objectives

Dubai's 'Artificial Intelligence Roadmap' aims to integrate AI into municipal operations to elevate the city's global status in innovation. His Excellency Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, emphasizing alignment with economic goals, envisions AI enhancing efficiency, sustainability, and quality of life. The roadmap targets operational enhancements, emission reduction, and labor dependence reduction across various sectors like waste management, construction, and agriculture. It reflects Dubai Municipality's commitment to digital transformation, ensuring readiness for future needs while fostering resilience and sustainability.

Integrated waste management

Dubai Municipality launched a project, which will integrate AI capabilities within the sewerage system to boost the efficiency of the network and treatment plants. Furthermore, the project is designed to lower energy and labour expenses and harmful emissions. It will also contribute to realising the national environmental sustainability and clean energy goals. 

The municipality also introduced the ‘AI-Powered Waste Management System’. This project involves creating integrated waste management systems that employ AI to facilitate various tasks including waste collecting, sorting, recycling and redirecting it away from landfills. This project comes in line with the strategic plan for decreasing waste generation, increasing recycling and processing rates, and managing waste.

Reimagining agricultural techniques

The report outlines Dubai Municipality's "Modern Generation of Agriculture Using Modern Technology" project aiming to enhance agricultural practices with advanced technologies like AI and robots. Current initiatives include automated flower growth and a robotic arm for nurturing saplings. Future plans involve deploying more robots for maintenance, transporting plants, and increasing nursery production capacity. This modernization aims to boost plant cover, simplify maintenance, and reduce production costs, showcasing Dubai Municipality's dedication to cutting-edge agricultural methods.

Building and construction 

The municipality also launched the ‘Using Artificial Intelligence to Detect Building Violations’ project, which seeks to address the challenges linked to violations occurring during building construction inspections. Instead of relying on manual inspection techniques, it leverages innovative automation solutions, drone, geospatial analysis and AI.

Public facilities and beaches

Dubai's Municipality introduces the 'Smart Lifeguard Assistant on Beaches' project, using AI for proactive drowning risk monitoring and assistance. It plans to implement this system in new public beaches and other projects for crowd control.

The AI Retreat 2024 fosters collaboration between government and corporations to accelerate AI adoption, aligning with Dubai's commitment to AI advancement and its vision as a future-ready city.

News Source: Dubai Media Office

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