Today I found (slightly late) that Prof. Eric Xing from Carnegie Mellon MBZUAI (Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence) as their President late last year. Eric is a well known professor which I know from my CMU days, who was the CEO of Petuum, a Parameter Server like implementation for scaling up machine learning.
From MBZUAI website: MBZUAI is the world’s first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university. Launched in October 2019 and located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, the University aims to empower students, businesses and governments to advance artificial intelligence as a global force for positive progress.
When reading this news I also found that the Israeli Weizman Institute is collaborating with MBZUAI for a joint AI program. This is a great fruit of the recent peace treaty of Israel and Abu Dhabi.
Another interesting organization is g42.ai which is OpenAI like org from Abu Dahbi.