October 20, 2020


Dubai’s dedication and funding in direction of making a data and innovation-based financial system has steadily borne fruit, particularly within the present atmosphere pushed by the Covid pandemic.

From using AI in a number of sectors to sensible units to 3-D printing know-how, Dubai’s emphasis on innovation has made the Emirate one of many international know-how and innovation hubs and a case examine on how funding within the sphere of know-how can propel financial progress regardless of a mess of challenges.


The ever present use of sensible helmets by Dubai police that permits scanning the temperatures of tons of of individuals inside a couple of minutes is one novel initiative that amplifies Emirate’s skill to leverage know-how in coping with a pandemic-like disaster. “These helmets have thermal sensors and it may possibly report the temperatures of as much as 200 folks per minute,” say law enforcement officials deployed on particular pandemic obligation. These clever helmets, in line with them, have two cameras and supply infrafred thermal photographs from a distance of 5 meters. “We will simply detect these with excessive temperatures and shift them to the closest medical facility with the assistance of paramedics,” they level out.

Dubai’s weapon towards Covid-19 shouldn’t be confined to sensible helmets alone. It additionally used 3D printing know-how to fabricate low-cost face shields which performed an enormous function in arresting the unfold of the novel coronavirus. Immensa Labs, headquartered in Dubai, and an undisputed chief within the MENA area in additive manufacture has been on the forefront of Dubai’s struggle towards Covid-19 by manufacturing and supplying face shields.

It began in March when Immensa CEO Fahmi Al Shwaa found that some folks had been placing up larger costs for face shields profiting from the scarcity in provide. “One morning round 11, he requested us whether or not we might do one thing about it. And, by night we 3D printed 10 models of face shields,” remembers Immensa COO Axel Fernandes in an interview with ET NOW. The medical doctors who noticed the product, for sure, had been vastly impressed. “From March until now, we began off with medical doctors, establishments and hospitals and we went from manufacturing 10 models to a few thousands and thousands inside a brief period of time and that was doable solely due to 3D printing,” provides Fernandes.


Development and logistics are two sectors that are superb examples for the adoption of 3D printing for disruption and Immensa focuses quite a bit on building sector and provides custom-made tooling and moulds for the precast trade. 3D printing, Fernandes says, in reality can add lots of worth to the pandemic-hit logistics sector within the type of distributed manufacturing.

If sensible helmets helped within the early detection of individuals with Covid-19 signs, manufacturing and provide of masks in adequate amount went a good distance in stopping the unfold of the virus. Chairman Darb Applied sciences Thani Al Falasi concurs and says the know-how similar to ALHOSN UAE – an App rolled out by Dubai Well being Authority – which lets one know his end result by way of a easy sms notification, has performed a vital function in controlling the pandemic. The app, he says, additionally helps one perceive the place and the way one received contaminated and detects if a person has been in shut proximity to somebody who had contact with somebody contaminated with Covid-19.

“Doing laser testing as a substitute of nasal swabbing is one other issue that sped up outcomes. However, Emirate’s ID in my view is the important thing to success, having all of your knowledge in a single place helps the federal government in getting details about an individual very simply.”

Darb Applied sciences established in 2015 for SME improvement gives software program and {hardware} options to authorities and enterprise segments within the UAE and it’s one amongst quite a few different corporations with a robust know-how base aligning with Dubai’s ambition to place itself as a knowledge-driven financial system.

Dubai’s thrust on know-how in taking the novel coronavirus head on mirrored additional when Dubai Future Basis in April launched One Million Arab Coders Covid-19 Hackathon. Themed Coders versus Corona, the Hackathon carried a prize cash of $50,000 for five groups that offered progressive options to the challenges stemming from the Covid-19 outbreak.


Specialists predict the demand for superior know-how companies would go up within the area. That is particularly so within the case of Dubai and UAE which have used AI, massive knowledge and internet-connected units and proceed to encourage SMEs and organizations in these fields to determine their presence within the area. “You must know that UAE is the primary nation with AI minister and the nation has set a big imaginative and prescient to take management place within the post-Covid markets globally,” says Sajithkumar P.Okay. CEO and MD, IBMC Monetary Professionals Group which just lately launched from UAE the world’s first gold digital asset and foreign money in tie up with US Gold Forex.

The way in which Dubai used know-how to struggle Covid-19 doesn’t shock Sajithkumar as a result of the Emirate has been going massive on tech startups. “There are a selection of initiatives to place Dubai as a knowledge-driven financial system. Silicon Oasis and different free zones present AI, IoT and Fintech based mostly enterprise helps. So, Dubai’s leaning on know-how to struggle Covid-19 was on anticipated strains,” he asserts.

The precise ecosystem already created by Dubai for startups and SMEs will stand it in good stead within the post-Covid scenario and as Fernandes says Dubai is the place particularly for Indian startups and SMEs as a result of they’re identified for innovation and experience. Fernandes, specifically, sees great progress alternatives for 3D printing sector in Dubai. “This know-how can be utilized in varied sectors together with probably the most mature medical trade. You possibly can really use 3D printing particularly for mandables craniomaxillofacial, sternum alternative and hip joint alternative implants and these are excessive on demand as a result of they’re an ideal match for 3D printing,” he concludes.

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