In Dubai, businesses across industries are betting big on robotics and automation (R&A), with billions of dollars being reserved for the implementation of these emerging technologies to boost productivity and efficiency. With the opportunities in the area of robotics and automation expected to grow considerably over the next decade, the emirate is setting its sights on becoming a key global player in the industry. It aims for the sector to contribute 9% to its gross domestic product (GDP) in the next 10 years.
Under this vision, Dubai is making a concerted effort to develop a world-class robotics ecosystem in the UAE. This includes several government initiatives, such as the introduction of the Dubai R&A Program, the Emirates Robotics Competition, and the first Roboday event, which took place on January 18, 2023.
“We seek to make Dubai one of the world’s top 10 cities in Robotics and Automation by adopting and developing advanced robotics technologies, empowering national talent, and generating innovative new solutions, products, and services,” Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, said during the launch of the Dubai R&A Program.