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January-March 2022

UAE joins the race to produce a usable quantum computer

Major investments in quantum technology have already been made in the US, China, Germany, Canada, India, Japan and several other countries. Now the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is joining the race, hoping to build the expertise required to solve the kind of problems that only quantum computers will be able to handle. In partnership with Barcelona-based startup Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech, Abu Dhabi’s Technology Innovation Institute (TII) formed the Quantum Research Centre (QRC), an international centre of excellence for research into quantum technologies. The centre’s chief researcher is José Ignacio Latorre, who took a leave of absence from his full professorship in theoretical physics at the University of Barcelona to work on a series of projects involving particle physics. TII is the dedicated “applied research” pillar of Abu Dhabi’s newly established Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). “We are at the cusp of a new era with the advent of quantum computing,” said Faisal Al Bannai, secretary general of ATRC, in an official ...

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