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WORKFORCE IN THE ERA OF AI

Focus on Qatar

This white paper examines the integration of AI within Qatar’s workforce, demonstrating its significant impact on industry, government operations, and education. It is essential to understand how AI alters job execution and necessitates a recalibration of skills, policy, and strategic direction to build a resilient, future-ready workforce. The evolution of Qatar’s strategy is not an isolated development but part of a broader global trend towards digital transformation. This is exemplified by the National AI Strategy, launched by the Artificial Intelligence Committee working under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. This initiative underscores the country’s commitment to harnessing AI for national development.

Nayef Al-Ibrahim
CEO and Co-Founder

“The strategic implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) is driving transformation across economic and societal spheres.”

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Overview: Web Summit Qatar 2024

Between February 26th and 29th, 2024, Qatar marked a significant milestone in its journey to becoming a preeminent technology hub in the MENA region — hosting Web Summit Qatar 2024. This event underscored the country’s commitment to advancing its technological framework, drawing over 15,000 attendees from 118 countries.

The summit served as a platform for unveiling innovations, addressing challenges, and strategizing on the future of digital transformation and artificial intelligence. The event substantially influenced Qatar’s technological environment in two main ways:

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Fostering International Collaborations


Web Summit Qatar was instrumental in establishing partnerships between Qatari tech enterprises and global industry leaders, facilitating the introduction of international best practices and innovations into the local market. Notably, the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) added over 200 companies from 50 countries to its Startup Qatar initiative during the event.

 

 

Showcasing Local Innovations


The event helped attract significant investment and heightened global interest in Qatar’s burgeoning tech sector by providing a stage for domestic startups and innovators. 20% of the startups participating at the summit were registered with QFC, highlighting the local sector’s dynamic growth and potential.

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Key Insights From The Panel

“We know“The introduction of AI is extremely timely, serving as a solution to numerous current challenges. The key to effectively integrating AI and addressing these challenges lies in a straightforward formula — multiplying three elements: vision, transformation capacity, and skills.”

Frederick Van Gysegem, Partner, Ronald Berger


“We know that the market is evolving fast and that demand is even growing faster alongside it. The current issue we are facing is to predict that market demand. There are a lot of skills needed — what we need to do is to train everybody so that we have a flexible and adaptable workforce.”

Muneera Al-Shariem, Project Management Director, Ministry of Labour

“(The landscape) is changing from static to dynamic, both in learning and working.
Ideally, we will all adapt our approach — from generalised to personalised.
I think the big opportunity of AI is that it will close the gap in terms of adoption
because we will have a more personalised approach.”

Thierry Lescrauwaet, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, UQ, Zaia, iVisual

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