Chinese AI startup SenseTime to set up Abu Dhabi hub, hire engineers

Chinese AI startup SenseTime to set up Abu Dhabi hub, hire engineers

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SenseTime Group Ltd., one of the world’s most valuable artificial-intelligence startups, is setting up a hub in Abu Dhabi for Europe, Middle East and Africa with plans to hire hundreds of engineers.

The Chinese facial recognition firm, which counts Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. as an investor, will start work on the research and development center this year and build AI capabilities across seven industries including healthcare, remote sensing and education, according to a statement. The Abu Dhabi Investment Office, which seeks to attract businesses to the emirate, will provide a support package as part of the partnership.

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