The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet has created a Council for Artificial Intelligence (AI), tasked with overseeing the integration of AI into the governmental and educational sectors. The Council, composed of representatives from every emirate and chaired by the Minister of State for AI, will look into how and where AI can be used in carrying out governmental functions and providing education services. The new body will also determine what supporting infrastructures are needed for AI to be efficiently used in these two sectors. The creation of the Council is part of the UAE's overall AI development strategy.
The need for people to gain access to ICT resources and narrow the digital divide is crucial, and is especially relevant now in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also important to understand how access to the Internet affects the level of economic and social development in a country.