Ground-breaking developments in science and technology represent enormous new opportunities for the UAE, a government minister has said.
Sarah Al Amiri, Minister for Advanced Sciences, argued the growing sectors were an ideal focus for the country as it sought to reduce its dependence on oil receipts.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, Ms Al Amiri urged young Emiratis to consider careers in technological fields.
She claimed the broader Middle East region was well-placed to take advantage of increasing numbers of jobs offered by the sectors.
“Skills and capabilities [within the UAE] fall well aligned with technological advancements for the region,” she said. "So the next priority for us is having more and more companies being established out of the UAE and out of the region.”
Ms Al Amiri made her remarks while speaking at an event aimed at debating the intersection of technology and science with public life.
She described what she saw as a disconnect between scientists and the general population, with scientists often being seen as having very high IQs.
“There is this perception that scientists are a small niche in society of a particular IQ,” she said. This was an unhelpful assertion, she maintained, adding that it hindered “more people entering into the sciences”.
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Image: Ms. Sarah Bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences said science and technology will be the future of the Arab Youth. File. Victor Besa / The National