The US-based technology giant opened a first in the world artificial intelligence centre for energy in Dubai, so it could develop technologies to be used globally.

The virtual inauguration of the centre took place on Wednesday and is based at the company’s office in Dubai Internet City. Microsoft Energy Core, the centre’s name aims to start developing AI-focused technology beginning from September.

“It’s a global initiative … Microsoft’s first centre to focus solely on energy and sustainability … majorly we will be exploring AI and cloud computing,” said Omar Saleh, Microsoft’s Middle East and Africa head of energy and manufacturing.

“Currently, the foremost priority is to develop new AI technologies that could be used in [the] energy sector globally.”

Microsoft partnered with ten global partners to run the centre, such as Honeywell, Rockwell Automation, ABB, Sensia, Aveva, Emerson and others.

The company, however, did not reveal the amount of investment in setting up the centre.

Source: The National.