A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) and the UAE University (UAEU) to launch the second Industry Enablement Centre within District 4.0 in the UAE.
The newly announced Enablement Centre with be part of the “National Programme to Transform Technology” in the UAE, which aims to promote the Industry 4.0 revolution and adoption within the country.
The Latest Enablement Centre will Assist UAE in its Mission to be at the Forefront of the Industry 4.0 Revolution
Industry 4.0 is considered to be the next phase in the industrial revolution, which aims at modernizing the ways businesses manufacture, distribute, and improve their products. New technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, etc. help companies in ensuring that they have the best processes in place that not only improve the efficiency and quality of products but also has the least level of impact on the environment.
The “District 4.0” is part of the UAE University’s undertaking to promote Industry 4.0 within the country. District 4.0 will have labs that will study and assist with the education of the various aspects of the fourth industrial revolution the students within the university.
There were five major laboratories set up within the first District 4.0 enablement centre, namely: Mini Factory, App Factory, Robotics and Artificial Laboratory, Materials Library, and a Fabrication Laboratory.
Apart from students of the UAE University, the laboratories can also be accessed by industries, faculties, and freelancers to test, prototype, and learn more about the different ideas that fuel the Industry 4.0 revolution.
The “National Programme to Transform Technology” which promotes the establishment of District 4.0 and similar ideas, aims to boost the pace at which the transformation of technology happens within the production and industrial sector in the country. The programme works in line with the latest industrial strategy laid out by the UAE government, called “Operation 300bn”.
According to the strategy, the UAE aims to develop the industrial sector within the country and build upon ways to ensure that the sector is able to contribute AED300 billion to the UAE’s GDP by the year 2031, in comparison to the AED133 billion contribution that it currently has.
Apart from this, the technology transformation programme also emphasizes the efforts of the UAE government and leadership to ensure that the country remains on top of the list as a competitive economy in terms of innovation and knowledge.
The second new Enablement Centre will ensure to focus on the pillars of the Industry 4.0 revolution, which includes best practices for sustainability, enhance adoption of the latest technology, development within the manufacturing chain, and building efficient applications to bring down the efforts of production/manufacturing.
The new centre will also include several dedicated areas, including one that will showcase cutting-edge modern technologies, an area that functions as a space for collaborators, an innovation and testing lab to promote the efforts related to the testing and co-development of modern industrial technologies and related processes, and also an area that will focus on the commercial implementation and support of the latest technologies related to the Industrial Revolution 4.0.
The signing of the MoU happened as part of the ongoing World Government Summit in Dubai and was signed by Omar Al Suwaidi, the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, along with Dr Ghaleb Al Breiki, the Acting Vice Chancellor of the UAE University.
The event was also attended by other dignitaries including Sarah Al Amiri, the Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology as well as Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, the Cultural Advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates and the Chancellor of the UAE University.
Speaking about the MoU signing, Sarah Al Amiri said that the new Enablement Centre will function to ensure that the industrial sector receives all the support required in the fields of research and development.
The centre will also work at the forefront with technology partners to showcase, test, and pilot new applications, use cases, and technologies to advance the industrial sector.
Moreover, it will also work to support the manufacturing sector in adopting operating models that ensure a better sustainable approach that not only guarantees better efficiency and growth for the industries but also reduces the emissions that are related to the manufacturing processes, ultimately contributing to achieving the UAE’s target to reach net zero carbon emission by the year 2050.
Al Amiri added that “The new MoU reflects on the commitment of the MoIAT to engage the R&D and academic sectors within the UAE to facilitate conversations as well as platforms that will assist the industries within the country to accelerate their transformation into new technologies, with sustainability being the core motivation of transformation.”
She also mentioned that the MoU is part of the efforts to achieve “Operation 300bn”.Zaki Anwar Nusseibah took his opportunity to thank the MoIAT as well as Sarah Al Amiri for keeping their confidence in the UAE.
He also mentioned that the university will continue its ongoing efforts to ensure that all required assistance is provided to achieve the vision laid out by the leadership of the UAE, including efforts to support the country to keep up its pace with respect to developments in the field of artificial intelligence and the fourth industrial revolution.