UAE Current Affairs - 2020

Sharjah International Book Fair 2019

The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2019, an annual international book fair was inaugurated in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was inaugurated by Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the sovereign ruler of Emirate of Sharjah and the Federal Supreme Council Member. The debut edition of SIBF was launched in 1982.

Key Highlights

The year 2019 marks the 38th edition of 11-day Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). Nearly 1800 exhibitors from 77 countries are participating in 2019 Fair. SIBF will showcase about 987 activities presenting scientific, knowledge and literary themes.

SIBF 2019 will carry the theme of- Sharjah World Book Capital (SWBC), ‘Open Books Open Minds’, to promote books and reading across age groups and communities.

The Guest of Honour country at 38th SIBF is Republic of Mexico.

The Principal Guest of Honour at 38th SIBF is Steve Harvey, America’s most-loved host.

Fair will bring together a host of Arab and international guests and celebrities such as Orhan Pamuk, the first Turkish novelist to win 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature; leadership guru, Robin Sharma. Also, a number of Indian authors and personalities are expected to be part of this event.

UAE to establish 1st graduate-level, research-based AI university in world

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the establishment of first graduate-level, research-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) university in the world. The university is named as Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) after Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces. He has for long advocated for UAE’s development of human capital via knowledge and scientific thinking to take the nation into future. The university campus will be in Masdar City.

About Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence

MBZUAI will introduce a new model of academia and research to the field of AI, providing students and faculty access to some of world’s most advanced AI systems so as to unleash its potential for economic and societal development.

The university will enable graduate students, businesses and governments to advance AI field.

MBZUAI aligns with UAE’s leadership vision that is based on sustainable development, progress and overall well-being of humanity. It is underpinned by capacity-building and active participation in finding practical solutions based on innovation and state-of-the-art technology.

The University will work with leading local as well as global companies to secure internships, and will also assist students in finding employment opportunities. It is being touted as an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to world to unleash full potential of AI.

Admission: Graduate students can now apply to MBZUAI via University’s website with registration scheduled to open in August 2020. First bacth of graduate students will commence coursework at MBZUAI’s Masdar City campus in September 2020.

MBZUAI will provide all admitted students with a full scholarship, in addition to benefits like health insurance, monthly allowance and accommodation.