Gulf States Embrace Quantum Computing
(Wamda.com) Quantum computing could herald a breakthrough for Middle East innovation and security, according to sources in the region. Universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE have already launched quantum computing research groups to help cultivate homegrown knowledge of the technology that is set to transform the world.
While the global quantum computing ecosystem is still in its infancy, the UAE is reaching out to global technology giants to form early-stage partnerships. Big US IT companies such as IBM, Google and Microsoft are investing in Gulf research into quantum computing.
The UAE minister for artificial intelligence recently partnered with Canadian company D-Wave to house the region’s first quantum computer in the Museum of the Future in Dubai.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in June 2018 announced plans to work with Microsoft to develop quantum-based products to address energy optimisation where classical computers have limitations, making it the first organisation outside of the US to participate in the Microsoft Quantum Programme.