More than two-thirds of UAE workers believe AI and data science will impact their role over the next five years

As companies continue to implement new technologies, workers are increasingly concerned about the impact on their jobs. A new YouGov study, commissioned by Dataiku, delves into this question, providing insight into UAE workers, data and AI.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) leads the EMEA in harnessing data, data science and artificial intelligence (AI) for decision-making and business growth, according to a report commissioned by Dataiku, the platform for everyday AI.

The survey was conducted by YouGov in early 2022 and involved 2,487 decision makers from across France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. It revealed that respondents in the United Arab Emirates were the most convinced of the usefulness of workplace data, with 84% considering it essential, compared to an average of 69% for the EMEA region.

The UAE has long been recognized as a world leader in artificial intelligence, having been the first country to appoint a Minister of State for AI. Additionally, the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), together with the UAE Artificial Intelligence Bureau, announced the launch of a special license for companies that focus on AI. In support of the country’s 2031 artificial intelligence strategy, the license rewards companies for their efforts by granting golden visas to certain employees.

The report commissioned by YouGov’s Dataiku reveals that 71% of UAE respondents have used more data over the past five years, a figure that is again significantly above the EMEA average of just over half (55%). Some 71% of UAE respondents believe they will use even more data over the next five years, compared to an EMEA average of 52%.

The survey also showed a marked awareness among UAE respondents of the role that AI can play in the coming years in their own work and within their organizations and industry. More than half of respondents in the UAE (66%) believe that AI and data science will impact their role over the next five years, and an almost equal number (65%) expect to AI and data science will impact their business and 67% expect AI and data science to impact their industry in the next five years.

“The findings of our report clearly establish that the UAE is very much aware of the power of data and AI,” said Sid Bhatia, Regional Vice President and General Manager for Middle East and Turkey, Dataiku . “We believe this is a direct consequence of the government’s forward-looking stance on these technologies. We see this in its Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031; we see it in the Federal Government becoming the first to appoint a Minister of State for AI and we see it in the DIFC’s decision to issue special AI licenses. Our findings also highlight the widespread recognition that enterprise AI is an organizational asset that will define the business of the future and the industries of the future.

However, Bhatia also highlighted the perception gap between managers and non-managers in the UAE regarding the usefulness of data and the role of AI. While 71% of managers in the UAE say their use of data in their daily work has increased over the past five years and 73% believe their use of data will increase over the next five years, only 44% of non-managers say they have used more data. over the past five years and just a third expect to consume more over the next five years. Two-thirds (67%) of people in leadership roles think AI and data science will impact their role, but less than half (44%) of non-managers think the same.

“There is clearly a need to democratize the use of AI if it is to be widely accepted as a tool for prosperity,” Bhatia added. “It’s only when everyone in an organization sees AI as a partner in change that they come together and collaborate. Then, stakeholders can provide the culture needed to build a digital business. Through this culture shift, Everyday AI was born, where organizations can truly capitalize on data science to gain the kind of insights that lead to innovation.

An everyday AI culture is one where leveraging data becomes routine through a combination of skills development, governance, and technology provisioning. Under such conditions, execution becomes faster by including more people in the analysis process, resulting in faster identification of opportunities, faster insights, and more effective action.

“Under Everyday AI, data usage becomes almost pedestrian,” Bhatia said. “AI is so ingrained and intertwined with day-to-day operations that it simply becomes part of the business, rather than being used or developed by a central team. This is the future we see for forward-thinking business communities like the United Arab Emirates. »

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