Microsoft Invests $1.5 Billion in UAE AI Firm G42 to Expand Global AI Development

Microsoft invests $1.5 billion in UAE’s AI company G42, enhancing AI tech development & including AI solutions for public sectors worldwide.

Microsoft has announced a strategic investment of $1.5 billion (approximately 108.75 billion RMB) in the UAE-based AI technology holding company G42.

This move aims to fortify the collaboration between the two firms, bringing Microsoft’s latest AI technologies and skills training programs to the UAE and other countries globally.

As part of the expanded cooperation, Brad Smith, Vice President and President of Microsoft, will join the board of G42.


Smith stated,

“The collaboration will not only be limited to the UAE but will also extend to under-served nations, combining world-class technology with leading security, reliable, and responsible AI standards.”

This partnership is expected to integrate AI and digital infrastructure services across various regions, particularly in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, aiming to provide equitable service opportunities and tackle significant governmental and commercial challenges while ensuring the highest standards of security and privacy.

Additionally, the partnership will support the development of a skilled, diverse AI workforce and talent pool by investing $1 billion in a developer development fund, promoting innovation and competitiveness in the UAE and the broader region.

In 2023, G42 and Microsoft engaged in several significant collaborations, as summarized by IT Home:

In April 2023, the companies announced a joint initiative leveraging Microsoft’s extensive partner ecosystem and cloud capabilities to develop custom AI solutions for the public sector and industries.

In September 2023, they agreed to launch a sovereign cloud product and collaborate on Microsoft’s Azure public cloud platform to unleash the potential of advanced AI capabilities.

In November 2023, Microsoft announced the availability of G42’s Jais, an Arabic large language model, on its new Azure AI Cloud Model-as-a-Service product.

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