Universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have launched quantum computing research groups to foster homegrown knowledge of the technology.
Said PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East's Simone Vernacchia, "Quantum computing can boost AI [artificial intelligence] performance to an unprecedented level. It can optimize manufacturing plants, energy research, weather research, energy efficiency, investment, and facilitate near real-time automation of complex decision-making."
Vernacchia said the Gulf region must invest in quantum computing to ensure the competitiveness of local businesses.
Wes Schwalje with Dubai-based Tahseen Consulting added that quantum computing could expedite the digital transformation of Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and "be a big boost to innovation, given the region's leadership in big data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, and cloud computing."
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