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Dubai Ruler earmarks $408m to build UAE's schools of the future

HH Sheikh Mohammed approved the budget to develop 'next-gen' schools that will focus on robotics, AI, and automation

HH Sheikh Mohammed approved a budget to build schools of the future in the UAE.
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HH Sheikh Mohammed approved a budget to build schools of the future in the UAE.

Futuristic schools teaching students about robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and advanced technologies and industries will be built in the UAE to make the country's education sector more competitive.

A $408.4m (AED1.5bn) budget been allocated by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to build next-gen schools in the country. 

The new generation needs to adopt different approaches and tools for the future.

HH Sheikh Mohammed

The investment is the UAE's latest to modernise its infrastructure, and follows similar financial commitments overseen by HH Sheikh Mohammed last month in the road infrastructure and housing sectors. 

Described as the “new generation” of schools, the latest project aims to build schools that will focus on new-technology education. Sports facilities will also be developed as part of the programme to support the long-term growth of UAE youth.

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The announcement came during HH Sheikh Mohammed’s visit to schools and colleges in Fujairah and Sharjah, where he approved a $27.2m (AED100m) fund to prepare 65,000 students for careers in energy, logistics, hospitality, and retail.

“Our aim is to introduce a range of new ideas in the next 50 years and foster the development of the new generation, which will accelerate our sustainable economic growth,” HH Sheikh Mohammed said. 

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“The new generation needs to adopt different approaches and tools for the future.”

The only way to address doubts derived from “economic volatility” is to “accelerate development” he continued, adding: “When they are afraid of the future, we further raise our commitment to build it.”

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