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Microsoft Invests $1.5 Billion in UAE-based AI Company G42, Expanding Global AI Reach

Microsoft has announced a significant expansion in its global artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives with a strategic $1.5 billion investment in G42, an Abu Dhabi-based AI tech holding company.

This partnership, unveiled on April 16, marks a considerable step in Microsoft’s efforts to advance AI development and enhance the accessibility of state-of-the-art technologies both within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and globally.

As part of this partnership, G42 will utilize Microsoft’s AI computing platform, Azure, to operate its AI applications and services.

This collaboration aims to extend beyond the UAE, targeting the provision of advanced AI solutions to the global public sector and large enterprises.

The investment also seeks to bolster skill development in the UAE, aiming to cultivate a diverse AI workforce and talent pool.

Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of G42, emphasized the significance of this investment, describing it as a “pivotal” moment for the company’s growth.

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s vice chair and president, highlighted the broader aspirations of the partnership, stating, “Our two companies will work together not only in the UAE but to bring AI and digital infrastructure and services to underserved nations.”

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Smith is also expected to join the board of directors at G42, further solidifying the strategic alignment between the two companies.

This new investment in G42 is part of a larger pattern of Microsoft’s billion-dollar commitments across various regions.

For instance, on February 15, the company committed to investing approximately 3 billion euros to enhance AI infrastructure in Germany over the following two years.

Shortly after, Microsoft disclosed a $2 billion investment plan for AI infrastructure in Spain to strengthen local technological capabilities.

More recently, on April 9, Microsoft AI CEO Mustafa Suleyman announced plans for a “significant, long-term investment” in the United Kingdom, which includes hiring initiatives targeting “passionate innovators.”

These developments indicate Microsoft’s aggressive strategy in expanding its AI footprint globally. However, Microsoft is not alone in this endeavor.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has also been actively engaging with executives from Fortune 500 companies, aiming to pitch AI services to diversify OpenAI’s revenue streams and explore new markets, positioning OpenAI as a direct competitor in the AI landscape where Microsoft is a major investor.

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