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Rafael and Group 42 to develop commercial AI and 'Big Data technologies'

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

In a statement on April 19 Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Group 42 (G42), a leading technology company based in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, announced the signing of an agreement to form a new Joint Venture (JV) that will commercialize Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data technologies and solutions for multiple sectors.

G42 is a leading Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing company based in Abu Dhabi, uniquely positioned in the national ecosystem to develop and deploy holistic and scalable AI solutions. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures, fields and sustains a wide range of cutting-edge defense systems for air, land, sea, cyber and space applications.

UAE's Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja said that "the new JV between Rafael and G42 is not just two companies coming together, but a strategic collaboration that further strengthens the relationship between Israel and the UAE as the countries explore multi-faceted opportunities for bilateral economic growth." He went on to note "The signing of the historic Abraham Accords last year has already enabled trade and investment across several sectors and is a testament to the many opportunities that lie ahead. We are still at the beginning of an exciting journey, and I look forward to more collaborations and bi-lateral agreements between our dynamic and innovative nations.”

The statement notes "in bringing together two of the most active and successful players in the fields of AI and Big Data, the new JV, called Presight.AI, will combine the companies’ knowledge, personnel, technology, and resources to conceptualize, develop, and deploy best-in-class solutions in various programs in the region and globally."

The signing event, held in Herzliya, Israel, was attended by UAE's Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja, G42’s Group CEO Mr. Peng Xiao, Rafael's President and CEO, Mr. Yoav Har-Even, CEO of G42 Israel, Mr. Maoz Ben Ari, CEO of Presight.AI, Mr. Sean Teo, and other dignitaries.

"Presight.AI will establish an R&D center in Israel, tapping into the local talent to spearhead the advancement of AI and Big Data technologies and their application across multiple sectors such as, banking, healthcare, public safety and others. The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals by Israeli and UAE authorities." Yoav Har-Even, President and CEO of Rafael said "first and foremost, this cooperation signifies another leap in the relationship between our countries, and it makes us all very excited to have such great partners in the Middle East, working together to make this region a better place." He underlined how this represents "the significant resources Rafael has invested over the years in AI and Big Data technologies, both for defense and commercial applications, have catapulted us to become a global authority in these fields. Through Presight.AI, we will unravel the immense potential embodied by the two companies, by synergizing with G42, to take our joint expertise and complementary capabilities to the next level. Rafael will continue to broaden its global cooperation, as we strive to expand into further fields, and establish similar partnerships worldwide."

Mr. Peng Xiao, Group CEO of G42, said: "We look forward to jointly developing new technological capabilities and business opportunities where G42 and Rafael can combine our strengths for the benefit of our region and the world." he noted that G42 is very pleased to cement the relationship with Rafael and bring the "best-in-class big data and AI solutions and services to a wide range of commercial sectors, in Israel, the UAE and internationally. This new JV, powered by the best minds in the industry, is destined to become a global force of innovation.”

Photo: Courtesy of Rafael.

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