Microsoft Builds New Normal By Emphasizing AI Influence

Microsoft held ‘Imagining the Future: Microsoft AI Virtual Summit’ to address how technologies like AI will play an important role to enable governments, businesses and communities navigate through unprecedented times and build the new normal.

The event brought together industry leaders from Finance, Healthcare and Retail to share their experiences in a series of panel discussions and highlight the power of AI in ensuring business continuity and its profound impact on organizations and communities. The summit also shared insights on how key sectors of the country can harness intelligent technology to drive massive disruption with greater agility and efficiencies.

“There’s probably never been a better time to put technology into action. AI can be at the heart of empowering businesses and industries to better respond and recover from challenging times and pave a way forward into the new normal. We are committed to making AI more accessible and to its advancement driven by ethical principles that put people first, which will support driving meaningful co-innovation with organizations in the UAE to address pressing business, government, education, civic, social and health needs and challenges,” stated Ihsan Anabtawi, Chief Operating and Marketing Officer, Microsoft UAE.

The AI Virtual Summit also delved into various topics around how technology is advancing health and medical services, enabling Retail and FSI Industries and how can leaders and organizations adapt to become future ready, in line with an approach to a more responsible, inclusive and trusted AI.

According to a study commissioned by Microsoft, the UAE has invested US$2.15 billion in AI over the past decade and 94% of companies in the country report involvement in AI at executive management level, the highest percentage of any surveyed country across Middle East and Africa.

In response to the growing demand for its intelligent cloud and AI solutions, Microsoft has two cloud regions in the UAE that exclusively serve its Middle East customers. These facilities one in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai are enabling organizations in the region to avail enterprise grade reliability and performance, combined data residency, security and the broadest compliance standards.