Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence



Establish and continually evolve interdisciplinary, collaborative research and development capability in the field of AI, while educating students to be innovators and leaders with the breadth and depth of knowledge to grow technology and enterprise in the UAE and globally.


Drive excellence in knowledge creation, transfer and the use of AI to foster economic growth, while positioning Abu Dhabi as a hub for the international AI community.

Strategic Objectives

about - knowledge.svg Support Abu Dhabi’s efforts to build and sustain an AI-based knowledge economy
about-skills.svg Ensure that industry and public institutions have the people, skills, and resources to be best in class at the use of AI
about-ai.svg Attract the best regional and global talent focused on AI
about-achieve.svg Achieve research excellence in AI and develop real business applications in collaboration with industry and public institutions to enhance innovation, productivity and growth
about-advisor.svg Become the trusted advisor for the industry and public institutions in matters related to AI
about-support.svg Support the UAE’s innovation clusters and AI start-ups

About His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan


His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was educated at schools in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi until the age of 18. In 1979, he joined the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he trained in armour, helicopter flying, tactical flying and paratroops. After graduating in April 1979, he returned home to the UAE to join the Officers' Training Course in Sharjah, another Emirate of the UAE. He has held a number of roles in the UAE military, from that of Officer in the Amiri Guard (the UAE's elite security force) and Pilot in the UAE Air Force, to his current role as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Guided by the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed helped develop the UAE Armed Forces in terms of strategic planning, training, organizational structure and promoting defense capabilities. Sheikh Mohamed’s direct guidance and leadership led the UAE Armed Forces to become a leading institution that is widely admired by many international military organisations. 

Sheikh Mohamed also holds a number of political and economic roles at an Emirate level and a wider Federal level in the UAE. He has received numerous awards and honours from the UAE and many other countries including Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Malaysia, Pakistan, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, South Korea, Montenegro and Kosovo, as well as the United Nations.

Among his many interests, His Highness is known for his unwavering commitment to enhance educational standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and raise them to be on par with the best international standards. Since Sheikh Mohamed took on the Chairmanship of the Abu Dhabi Education Council he has worked tirelessly to forge partnerships with prestigious world-class educational institutions and think-tanks, a number of which have subsequently announced plans to either establish a base in or join strategic joint ventures with existing academic establishments, under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, the President of UAE and the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.​



Message from the Chairman

Message from His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and member of the Federal Cabinet, and Chairman of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the world as we know it. Despite being a relatively new technology, it has already enabled humanity to achieve breakthroughs that impact our daily lives, as well as the way governments and businesses function.

More companies are incorporating AI solutions into their everyday operations. AI-driven transformation has the potential to generate 133 million new employment roles globally, as well as contributing significantly to economies and societal development. The years to come will bring even more exciting solutions that draw upon the power of AI. 
It is our privilege to usher in this smarter digital era through the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first graduate level, research-based AI university. The University is an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI’s extraordinary potential.
Our purpose is to empower students, businesses, and governments to advance artificial intelligence as a global force for positive progress. In addition to being a world-class educational institution, we intend for MBZUAI to become a global advocate for the use of AI as force for good.

MBZUAI also echoes the UAE’s pioneering spirit of exploring new frontiers. The University will play a pivotal role in helping to usher in a new era of innovation, productivity, and growth across the UAE, the wider Middle East region, and globally. 
Where better to do this from than Abu Dhabi?

MBZUAI is right at home in an emirate that has embraced the value of human investment wholeheartedly, making world-class higher education available right here at home. 

In turn, MBZUAI will serve as a focused, independent institution for higher learning—further positioning Abu Dhabi as a hub for the international AI community.

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Message from His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and member of the Federal Cabinet.

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Muhamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence. Combining extensive experience in both the public and private sector, he has been responsible for overseeing, developing , and enhancing strategic partnerships with a number of countries.  

In addition, Dr. Al Jaber is Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), where he is spearheading a rapid and comprehensive transformation of the company at the direction of the UAE leadership.

Prior to taking on the leadership position at ADNOC, Dr. Al Jaber was the Chief Executive Officer of the Energy platform at Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi government’s strategic investment arm. In 2006, while at Mubadala, he helped establish Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s pioneering renewable energy initiative, and served seven years as its CEO, guiding its global contribution to clean technology and sustainable development. In 2009 he led Masdar’s efforts in supporting the UAE’s successful bid to host the headquarters of the “International Renewable Energy Agency” (IRENA). Dr. Al Jaber continues to serve as Chairman of Masdar, guiding its strategic direction.

Dr. Al Jaber also holds several leadership roles and advisory positions and counsels on issues related to Energy, Economics, Strategic Communications & Sustainable Development. Dr. Al Jaber serves as Chairman of the UAE National Media Council. He is also serving on the board of Emirates Global Aluminum - the fifth largest aluminum company in the world. In 2019, Dr. Al Jaber was appointed as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Media Company, one of the fastest growing, multi-platform media and entertainment organizations in the Middle East, operating and managing over 20 market-leading brands across multiple platforms, including broadcast, publishing and digital.

Dr. Sultan previously served as a member of the Board of The Trustees of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company from 2009-2019. Over this decade, AD Ports has become a thriving business, turning a profit two years ahead of the approved business plan. During his tenure, Dr. Sultan helped establish Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi’s flagship, fastest growing deep water port as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), Abu Dhabi’s first integrated trade, industrial and logistics free zone.

Dr. Al Jaber has also previously served on the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. He has received various awards including the United Nations flagship award “Champion of the Earth” in 2012, given to outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science and entrepreneurship. In 2013 Dr. Al Jaber was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2019, Dr. Al Jaber received a lifetime achievement award from his Excellency the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, for his contributions to energy security, building bridges to emerging Asian economies and reshaping of the traditional energy business model.


Message from the President

20 years ago I was introduced to the concept of artificial intelligence as a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, as I dove into the world of computer science under Professor Richard Karp and Professor Michael Jordan, the world’s foremost computer science professors. Like many of the students who arrive at the MBZUAI campus, I was eager, hopeful, and a little daunted. 

In the 1990s I set off on a new phase in my academic journey, just as many of you students are doing now. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I also understood the powerful potential of AI to solve important challenges. At that time, funding for research was limited, and jobs in the field were scarce. But I was in no doubt that I had found my calling – artificial intelligence. I hope most of you will experience that same sense of purpose when you are here.

At MBZUAI you will experience a wholly new world than the one I entered in the 90s. As the president of the world’s first AI graduate research university, I am committed to ensuring all students receive cutting-edge training from some of the most respected faculty in the field. We are working to turn MBZUAI into the epicenter of AI innovation and prepare students for careers just as the discipline comes out of the lab and into real-life applications.

From the stunning, state-of-the-art campus at Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, we aim to nurture the next generation of technologists and developers – future leaders who will usher in the next phase of AI-enabled innovation and help advance applications in everything from health science to technology. We will prepare you to be leaders in science, engineering, policy, and business, with the necessary understanding to unlock the potential of AI through academic research and industrial applications.

"I am committed to ensuring all students receive cutting-edge training from some of the most respected faculty in the field."
Despite all the years of research and development AI is still in its infancy, promising to be a truly transformative technology – a force for positive progress in all walks of life; a driver of social and economic growth; a pillar of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The university offers a fertile ground for academic freedom, embracing meritocracy and mutual respect, and seeking to become an engine for economic prosperity in the region. We will work together as the United Arab Emirates advances to the forefront of a new era of innovation and productivity – an era heralding unimagined opportunities for both the developed and developing worlds.

We will break new boundaries and forge lasting partnerships with industry. Already our first cohort is reaping the benefits as they receive offers for internships and jobs. And we intend for all our graduates to be among the most employable people in the industry through outreach programs. 

We take inspiration from our namesake, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and of the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, both of whom taught us that education and science are the pathway to a glorious future. As the President of MBZUAI, I am truly honored to welcome new students and applicants to take part in this journey, and to extend Abu Dhabi’s invitation to the world to unleash the power of artificial intelligence with us. 

We look forward to you joining us for the journey.


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As MBZUAI’s first president, Professor Eric Xing has led the university’s extraordinary growth in fundamental AI research and has presided over the assemblage of a world-class cadre of eminent faculty.

At MBZUAI, Xing has created a platform for students and faculty to showcase their research at a national level and in alignment with national priorities, while maintaining excellence and a strong balance in basic research and translational R and D. 

With a wealth of experience in academia as an active and world-leading scientist, and as an entrepreneur and administrator, Xing serves as an ambassador from the innovation frontier to educate and train those in the emerging and sometimes chaotic field of artificial intelligence and its application in the real world.

Under his direction, numerous partnerships have been established with IBM, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), École Polytechnique, the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the Abu Dhabi School of Government, and many more.

Xing has built academic homes and robust curriculums for faculty and students to get the most from their time at the university. He has developed a one-of-a-kind executive and professional training program for senior executives and government leaders.

He has brought together an operations team which is leading the rapid growth of the institution. He has designed and built a state-of-the-art supercomputing center optimized for distributed AI computation.

Academic contributions


As a world-leading computer scientist, Xing excels in theory, application, and system at the same time. His major contributions lie in the foundational work of statistical machine learning methodology, including pioneering work in distance metric learning; statistical models and analyses of networks; methods for learning and analyzing graphical models; and new systems, theories, and algorithms for distributed machine learning.


Main research themes      


  1. Core machine learning - With an emphasis on theory and algorithms for learning complex probabilistic models, learning with prior knowledge, and reasoning and decision-making in open, evolving, and uncertain possible worlds
  2. System architecture and strategies for large scale machine learning - With emphasis on developing general purpose systems for machine learning on massive data with massive models on industrial-scale multicore and distributed systems
  3. Healthcare and medical applications - With an emphasis on developing algorithms and solutions that address problems of practical clinical, medical, and biological concerns
  4. Information and intelligent systems - With an emphasis on developing web-scale, federated, and on-line machine learning systems for social media, computer vision, and HCI applications
  5. Computational biology – With an emphasis on statistical and computational methodological innovation, which not only supports computational biologists’ empirical analysis of high-dimensional data in problems such as GWAS, haplotype inference, population structure, network estimation, but also advances the frontier of statistical and algorithmic research itself


Xing supports greater access to AI and open-source platforms to encourage scalable, sustainable, and repeatable processes which opens doors to greater research and industrial possibilities. As a thought leader, Xing is continually bringing together the AI community from around the world to pursue ideas which will impact society in the most beneficial way. He founded the CASL open-source project to help standardize the first truly commercial and versatile AI operating system that will make for better and seamless AI engineering and production.


Prior to joining MBZUAI

Xing served as a Professor of Computer Science at CMU, and the founder, chairman, and chief Scientist of Petuum Inc., which was recognized as a 2018 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Xing is the founding director of the Center for Machine Learning and Health at CMU, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Xing served as a visiting associate professor at Stanford University, and as a visiting research professor at Facebook Inc.

Xing is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Computer Science, the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, and the IBM Open Collaborative Research Faculty Award. He is a board member of the International Machine Learning Society (IMLS). He is a fellow of the Association of Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and of the American Statistical Association (ASA).

Xing has authored or contributed to more than 400 cited research papers and reports in leading conference proceedings and journals, which have been cited more than 44,000 times. Xing has served as associate editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA), the Annals of Applied Statistics (AOAS), the IEEE Journal of Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI), and the PLoS Journal of Computational Biology. He served as action editor of the Machine Learning Journal (MLJ) and Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR). He has served as a member of the United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Science and Technology (ISAT) advisory group.

Xing holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his undergraduate study at Tsinghua University.

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Board of Trustees

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Professor Anil K. Jain
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Dr. Kai-Fu Lee
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Professor Daniela Rus
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Peng Xiao
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University Leadership

Professor Fakhreddine (Fakhri) Karray
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Ian Mathews
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Sultan Al Hajji
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Careers & Jobs

MBZUAI is looking for highly qualified, motivated, eager, and talented individuals who are interested in joining a unique community that will empower you to make a difference to the world! We offer a diverse and culturally rich environment that encourages growth and thrives on learning, research and education, but that also values creativity and uniqueness.

General Enquiries

Contact Information

Email: info@mbzuai.ac.ae
Office: +971 2 811 3333

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates