UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoon talks technology in Washington

Discussions at the White House meeting between the two countries' National Security Advisers ranged from strategic relations to artificial intelligence


Aerial view of the White House

Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed visited the White House on Tuesday where the UAE National Security Adviser and chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and ADQ met with his U.S. counterpart Jake Sullivan.

The meeting comes as Abu Dhabi has aligned itself with the world’s biggest economy on matters of technology development — inking a $1.5 billion investment from Microsoft for local artificial intelligence champion G42 earlier this year with backing from the Biden administration. 

Sheikh Tahnoon’s visit to Washington, along with a delegation that includes other Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund executives, is focused on enhancing the strategic relations between the two countries with Sheikh Tahnoon speaking to Sullivan on “shared insights on regional and global issues of mutual concern,” the Emirati leader posted on X this morning.

Omar Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, said the UAE is seeking “a marriage” with the U.S. over technology development, speaking in an interview with the Financial Times published on Tuesday.

On Monday, Sheikh Tahnoon met with Deputy Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell at the State Department in Foggy Bottom. The pair discussed artificial intelligence and driving economic growth both bilaterally and in Africa and India, according to a readout from the State Department.

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