OpenAI, the entity behind ChatGPT, has forged a strategic partnership with G42, a prominent tech conglomerate based in Abu Dhabi, to catalyze the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Middle Eastern markets.
G42, established by the emirate of Abu Dhabi, plans to leverage OpenAI’s generative AI models in vital sectors such as financial services, energy, healthcare, and public services. The collaboration aims to revolutionize technology industries in the UAE and elevate the region’s position in the global tech landscape.
While the financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed, it marks a significant step in advancing the UAE’s technology industry, aligning with the country’s vision for the future.
Backed by Mubadala, G42 has been a trailblazer in the realm of AI adoption within the UAE. In July, the company announced the creation of the world’s largest supercomputer dedicated to AI training, in partnership with Cerebras Systems, a U.S.-based AI firm.
The Abu Dhabi-based Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) has also played a pivotal role by open-sourcing its Falcom 40B large language model (LLM) in May, facilitating research and commercial applications in the AI domain.
G42 plans to bolster regional AI adoption by leveraging Microsoft’s Azure data centers as a critical component of its AI infrastructure.
OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, made a visit to Abu Dhabi in June as part of his global AI “world tour,” during which he advocated for international regulatory frameworks to govern AI advancements, underscoring the importance of responsible AI development.