The UAE adopts artificial intelligence in infrastructure sector for safety and sustainable development
UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development Dr Abdullah Al Nuaimi and Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama announced that the UAE is adopting AI technology in the federal roads projects.
According to the press release by the UAE Government, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development is keen to adopt latest technologies of infrastructure development according to the highest standards while renovating its roads construction standards. A number of projects enabled by AI have been developed in cooperation with the private sector, which is in line with the UAE's vision and its strategy of AI that was recently announced.
At the same time, the use of AI contributes to safety, sustainable development and environmental protection by reducing fuel consumption, emitted toxic gases, projects waste, preventing workers' exposure to work environment hazards and maintaining occupational safety.
Minister Abdullah Al Nuaimi stressed that the Ministry's adoption of the UAE Strategy for AI stems from its belief in the importance of tapping into technology to serve the infrastructure development field, and utilising available human and financial resources in a creative way that accelerates the implementation of development programs and projects to reach the future.
"The UAE strategy for Artificial Intelligence is a key driver for transforming the UAE into a world-leader in innovation and leading global indicators by 2021," Minister Abdullah Al Nuaimi added.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for AI, Omar Al Olama said that the UAE Government are keen on cooperating and coordinating with all ministries and institutions to implement various applications of AI.
The Minister commented that these AI applications reduce time, effort and cost, increase security and safety levels, and facilitate for smooth traffic on the roads. They are also environmentally friendly and sustainable.
“The application of artificial intelligence will have a positive impact on safety in this sector and will reduce cost in a very drastic matter, with an increase in efficiency and a reduction in labour used by 80%,” he said.
“The UAE is adopting artificial intelligence in a very fast yet strategic manner in active sectors that will have the most impact. These effects are all aimed towards the benefit of the country and the happiness of its people.”
The comments by the Ministers were made during their field tour to the Kalba Ring Road development project. The Kalba Ring Road development project will contribute to a reduction of 54% in project duration, 37% in fuel consumption, 80% in manpower dependence and 40% in equipment and manpower needed.
Minister of Infrastructure Development Abdullah Al Nuaimi announced the launch of the second phase of the road project connecting Sheikh Khalifa Street in Fujairah with the Khatm Melaha Customs Center and the E99 Road (Kalba Ring Road), which is approximately 7 km long. The road project is expected to be completed during the third quarter of next year 2019.
The project consists of a two-lane highway with an island median that will allow for future development of the road by adding a third lane, in addition to a traffic signal, rainwater drainage, road lighting system and lighting poles on both sides of the road.
Minister Al Nuaimi stated that the Kalba Ring Road project, with its first and second phases stretching to 12.5 kilometers, will contribute once complete to reducing the pressure on the internal roads of Kalba city by diverting the movement of the trucks off the city. This will increase the user safety and road efficiency by reducing traffic and journey time by 16 minutes. It will also support the economic, commercial and tourist growth of the city and the Eastern Region in general and facilitate the movement of residents in Mohammed Bin Zayed City and the surrounding areas.
In general, the initiatives by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development are in line with the UAE artificial strategy of 2031 which aims to make the UAE a leading country in the adoption of artificial intelligence. The technology is expected to result in huge economic returns with an expected growth rate of 26%, and economic savings of at least 335 billion dirhams.