Forging the Future of AI Together: UAE-US Advanced Tech Cooperation

Advanced technology is the newest pillar of a deep and enduring UAE-US relationship built on a foundation of security cooperation, trade ties and cultural exchange.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

Moving from oil to data, from sand to space, from commodities to “compute” – the UAE is rapidly remaking its economy and racing into the future.

The UAE is transforming itself into a global hub and forerunner for next generation technologies like artificial intelligence, life sciences and the space economy. It is a remarkable shift enabled by visionary leadership, available clean energy, ample investment capital, a whole-of-government commitment, and a hub and home to some of the world’s best tech talent. 

And the United States is the UAE’s most important partner in this transformation.

Advanced technology is the newest pillar of a deep and enduring UAE-US relationship built on a foundation of security cooperation, trade ties and cultural exchange.

Accelerating this shift, UAE institutions and companies like G42, Mubadala, NYU Abu Dhabi and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center are joining with American counterparts like Microsoft, IBM, the Cleveland Clinic and NASA to launch new businesses, initiatives and even missions to space.

In the UAE, we are embracing change and welcoming the future of technology. And we are doing it together with the US.

Learn more about our progress and ambition.

Yousef Al Otaiba
UAE Ambassador to the US

Cooperation in Action
Brad Smith, Microsoft

"Microsoft’s investment in G42 will enhance the UAE’s position as a leading AI hub and provide digital infrastructure and services to help underserved nations innovate and grow. We will combine world-class technology with world-leading standards for safe, trusted, and responsible AI, in close coordination with the governments of both the UAE and the United States."


HH Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology Council

“In MGX, we are establishing a UAE national champion focused on AI and advanced technologies that will shape a future where technology enables a more prosperous, sustainable and interconnected world.”


Sam Altman, OpenAI

“The world will need a unified policy to rein in future advances in AI, I think, for a bunch of reasons, the UAE would be set up to be a leader in the discussions about that. The UAE could serve as the world’s regulatory sandbox to test artificial intelligence technologies and later spearhead global rules limiting their use.”


Naim Yazbeck, Microsoft UAE

“If you look at the UAE vision, their vision is to be an AI-driven nation.. everything they are doing is building towards that perspective.”


Congressman Mike Gallagher, US House of Representatives

"The UAE is a critical and powerful ally, one that will become even more important for regional and global stability as AI advances."


Bill Nelson, NASA

"The partnership between the United States and the United Arab Emirates is strong and growing stronger. Together, we are taking giant leaps in science and technology that will further the Artemis campaign, and the future of human space exploration."


Peng Xiao, G42

“At G42 we made our bet. We believe that the most advanced AI players in the world are centralized around Silicon Valley.”


HE Omar Al Olama, UAE Artificial Intelligence Office

“[O]ur policymaking and our government is very agile and can move very quickly, we want to ensure that anyone who wants to deploy AI in a way where we can do it in a regulatory environment, the UAE comes first in mind.”