Jais — named after Jebel Jais, the highest mountain peak in the UAE — was developed for government use and financial, energy, climate, and healthcare applications. The open-source bilingual Arabic-English model was built with additional input from the Mohammed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Cerebras Systems, based in Silicon Valley.
Jais developers claim the new AI language model is more accurate than previous Arabic LLMs. The software also represents a further step towards encouraging scientific and computing communities to work in languages other than English.
“We see Jais becoming very useful in generative use cases, such as generating responses to questions, generating documents, translations, emails, and even providing advice and recommendations,” said Andrew Jackson, CEO of Inception.
As well as understanding context and cultural references, Jais can also capture linguistic nuances across various Arabic dialects, “making it more accurate and contextually relevant than other models,” the developers said.
Jais was trained using Condor Galaxy, the “world’s largest AI supercomputer”, launched by parent company G42 and Cerebras in July. The software is continuously expanding as more Arabic content is curated, according to the companies involved.
WorldData ranks Arabic as one of the world’s most widespread languages, with over 400 million speakers. It is the official language of 22 countries and is partly spoken in 11 more. However, despite a dramatic rise in Arabic content, the language still only represents around 1% of the online space, according to data presented by G42 and Cerberus.
Jais software is available to download on the machine learning platform Hugging Face.
Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 To Help Climate Technology Startups
The initiative was announced at the COP28 summit and will help selected startups with a $200,000 cash injection and further incentives.
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global technology system, has launched a new initiative to support climate technology startups backed by several of the UAE’s largest public and private sector organizations.
A total of 342 startups have submitted applications so far, with the top companies being added to a shortlist that will be revealed shortly. Selected startups will receive Dh250,000 ($68,000) in incentives and an upfront cash support package of Dh250,000. In addition, the top performers of Hub71’s new initiative will also receive a top-up of up to Dh250,000 in exchange for additional equity.
Ahmad Alwan, deputy chief executive of Hub71, said: “This initiative aims to bring in different entities that have a shared mission towards climate tech […] Throughout the journey, we will support these companies, not only from being startups to becoming mature companies but also to facilitate their engagement with entities that would support them with access to capital, market, and talent”.
The Hub71+ ClimateTech ecosystem is backed by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and the National Central Cooling Company, who have each pledged Dh500,000 to the initiative as anchor partners.
They are joined by corporate partners, including Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ, Aldar Properties, sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Masdar City, and Dubai’s Emirates NBD. In addition, Siemens Energy is also onboard as an anchor partner.
So far, Hub71 has helped 260 member startups and created over 1,000 jobs, according to the organization’s website. In addition, it has collectively raised around Dh5 billion since its foundation in 2019.