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Leaders UAE 2019: Eng Anwaar Al Shimmari explains AI adoption

EXCLUSIVE: UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development's chief innovation officer explains how and why AI adoption is needed

Eng Anwaar Al Shimmari at Leaders UAE 2019.
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Eng Anwaar Al Shimmari at Leaders UAE 2019.

The Construction Week: Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2019 is under way at the Le Meridein Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, with the keynote address being delivered by director of design and chief innovation officer at the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Eng Anwaar Al Shimmari, who addressed the room to outline how artificial intelligence (AI) can create value for the UAE's construction industry. 

Al Shimmari said that according to a report by AI Index, transport and logistics, alongside building materials and construction, fall within the lower end of sectors making AI investments.

The adoption of AI, she added, requires dedicated investments, and a focus on building awarenessabout its benefits.

As such, Al Shimmari explained, companies must introspect whether they are ready to adopt and dedicate resources to AI, adding that the system was about more about machine and deep learning.

The Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2019 is supported by Gold Sponsors, HFW and Pinsent Masons; Silver Sponsors, Addleshaw Goddard, Exactal, and Al Tamimi & Co; Claims Sponsor, HKA; Legal Sponsor, Reed Smith; Lanyard Sponsor, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP); Intelligence Partner, ProTenders; Training Partner, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and Exhibitors, Deltek, Construction Computer Software (CCS), Beaver Gulf Group, Facilio, and CCC.

Visit the Leaders in Construction UAE Summit website to get more information about the event.

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