Omar Sultan Al Olama is Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence in the United Arab Emirates. He was appointed in October 2017 by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The UAE was the first country to hire a minister for artificial intelligence.
Al Olama was born on 16 February 1990 in Dubai. He has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Management from the American University in Dubai, and a Diploma in Excellence and Project Management from the American University in Sharjah.
Before his ministerial position, Al Olama worked in several sectors including the banking sector, telecommunications, private enterprises, and government. Between February 2012 and May 2014, Al Olama was member of the corporate planning at the UAE’s Prime Minister’s Office. From November 2015 to November 2016, he was Deputy Head of the Minster’s Office at the UAE’s Prime Minister’s Office. Between December 2015 and October 2017, he was Secretary-General of the World Organization of Racing Drones. In November 2017, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation. Since July 2016, Al Olama has been the Managing Director of the World Government Summit.
During his work in the Future Department at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Al Olama participated in developing the UAE Centennial 2071 strategy. He also participated in developing the UAE 4th Industrial Revolution Strategy which aims to promote the UAE’s status as a global hub for the 4th Industrial Revolution and develop a national economy based on knowledge, innovation, and future technologies. Prior to his appointment, he worked on developing the UAE’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy.