Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one technology that is gaining rapid traction globally. When machines multitask to assist humans with their responsibilities, it showcases the peak of technology.

The Middle East terrain is not untouched by this technology, as discussed in our previous blog. The PWC [2] estimates that the Middle East will account for 2% of all AI advantages globally by 2030. It sums up to approximately US$320 billion.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have stepped into the education sector by introducing human intelligence to understand various factors in the industry. The prospect of AI adoption keeps varying by industry.

The education field requires the fast-approaching impact of artificial intelligence across sectors, including its own. Focusing on teaching different skills to prepare the youth to work in an AI-dominated world entails employing AI for the adoption of novel ways of teaching.

Research conducted by the International Data Corporation [2] states that the financial sector showcases huge opportunities for AI implementation in the Middle East and African regions.

Approximately $28.3 million will be spent on developing AI solutions, followed by public services, including education and healthcare, and the manufacturing sector.

We now know that online education as a primary source of information for children is the new normal. Kids grow up with technology in their stride. Hours spent learning from physical classrooms have been reduced since the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure social distancing.

“My hope is that by 2030, most of humanity will have ready access to health care and education through digital agents.” – Gabor Melli, VP of AI and ML at Medable.

AI Penetration in Public Education Sector – Benefits

The use of technology has increased drastically since the emergence of online education during COVID-19. Educators across the globe taught remotely from their homes.

As per research by a prominent Edtech company Promethean [3], 86% of teachers thought AI required to be included as part of education.

Some benefits of AI for teachers and students are:

  • Ease of access to all learning resources from anywhere.
  • AI automation can take care of tedious tasks such as record keeping or grading multiple-choice papers.
  • Chatbots answer FAQs anytime.
  • Customized learning materials to match each student’s abilities by curating personalized programs.

AI is being successfully applied in several educational endeavors and improves the overall performance of students and educators.

We discuss some examples of the same below.

  • Gap analysis: AI helps spot the gaps in an educator's presentations and teaching material and suggests improvements where needed.
  • Emotional welfare: Any child’s emotional well-being affects their ability to focus and stay motivated to learn. Due to emotional recognition technology virtual schools can remain relevant as much as face-to-face learning formats. Gamification allows the fun quotient in the education environment. AI can help students improve and excel in the areas of their struggle.
  • Students working with AI: Nao the humanoid teaches children anything from basic literacy to computer programming. It engages them to study technology, science, engineering, and mathematical subjects.
  • It also provides a fun coding ground for students. Basic coding knowledge helps students use robots to perform guided tasks like using hand gestures. 

Implementation of AI in the Education Sector – Global Scenario

Implementation of AI in Education Sector

Technologies that would make the biggest growth in education in the next 1–3 years

According to Market Research Future [4], expected growth in the education market is 8% or 2 billion dollars by 2023. All countries will adopt the new and upgrading techniques of AI and ML.

Various experiments are undertaken globally to test the viability of AI-based learning methods for students. Students volunteer an MRI scan while watching video lectures to give us a glimpse of how they learn.

It helps understand how the differences among students and time zones correlate with their understanding of the concepts and their concentration levels while watching the videos.

Soon, AI software's will be introduced to cater additional support to the education system highlighting personalized learning and student engagement in various subjects.

By 2023, a lot of growth in applications like Content Delivery Systems, Natural Learning processes, and On-Cloud technologies is predicted.

Interactive tools help to analyze and assess the students’ performance in various subjects.

Current AI and ML Trends in the Education Sector

AI technology helps institutions to adopt cloud technology which reduces operational costs. It helps segment the online education process by making subjects easily accessible through different integrated software.

Develop artificial instructors, intelligent tutors, virtual facilitators, interactive websites, delivery systems, and many more.

Due to the deployment of AI and Machine learning in the educational field cloud-based content, online assessments, e-books, and many more tools were developed.

Virtual and Augmented Reality is one of the finest developments accessed from AI and Machine learning. Many universities and colleges use this upgraded technology to explain the life-like experience in diverse subjects like history, science, geology, and many more.

This AR/VR technology helped students to interact with various topics through animations, images, HD movies, etc. This technology has become the best support system for teachers and educators in achieving a highly reliable subject-oriented experience.

Adaptive learning techniques, speech recognition, and analyzing problems are the best developments that are seen in the educational sector through AI and Machine learning technology.

Personalizing the data is easier through AI and Machine learning technology. Huge data that has been saved in books and registers are shifted directly to intelligent systems which will record, analyze and provide appropriate insights through upgraded technology.

Due to the development in technological deployments, students can take assessments, upload them, and learn from anywhere.

AI and ML technologies prove to be a boon for especially abled students to get education in different accessible ways like speech recognition or VR.

The Future of AI Instructed Education System

As discussed above, AI has already made a strong footing in the education system worldwide and Middle East countries are not going to be an exception to this change.

The Middle East has seen huge investments streaming in from domestic and international markets to thrust their innovative and technological advancements.

Recently Amazon accessed a regional shopping site for approximately $580m, [5] which became a technology sector milestone for the Middle East region.

The GCC nations have made their intent clear to make concrete advancements in digitally innovative technologies as Gulf States are deploying 5G networks strategically.

It is estimated that by 2025, the percentage of 5G connections will reach almost 16% across Middle Eastern countries which is much ahead of the global average.

AI and ML technology are helping the introduction of new gadgets which will have abilities like data identification, processing, learning, speech recognition, personalized learning, etc.

AI-charged Robots having these technologies may replace human tutors soon. Customized, interactive software will be developed with VR and AR technology to grow digital platforms to a larger landscape.

Students will use wearable devices to learn various concepts in education. This advanced technology minimizes the time for administrative tasks and assists institutions to assess the student faster.


AI is set to change the education market globally and the Middle East is a market that is keen to absorb new technologies.  

The World Economic Forum has estimated that by 2025, a huge number of companies will adopt AI and ML. Governments and educational institutions are encouraged to focus on developing and attaining relevant education and skills.  

Middle Eastern countries are ahead on the global map in adopting any new technology and the education sector will remain at the forefront of adaptation of AI technologies for them when they wish to produce a new generation of tech-savvy and AI-friendly youth. 

Hence, we can safely say that AI and ML Competence in the Middle Eastern Public Education Sector is going to be very high in the coming years. We are also going to share the role of AI in banking/finance and civil security sectors in our up-coming blogs of this series.

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