The UAE Technology on the Rise

Knowledge Summit 2018

Where are we now? What are we doing now? You are probably reading this article in a well-furnished room equipped with advanced electronic equipment wearing carefully woven outfits. Do you have a cold? You can have medicines. Need to meet your relatives? Use transports. The list could go on and on. But where were we some 34,000 years ago? We were living out in the wild; trying to survive the unforgiving natural calamities.

No concrete roofs over our heads, no delicious food, and no fancy clothes, no electricity, nothing. But we possessed a very powerful weapon- our intelligence. We have been wielding this weapon ever since to harness nature. We’ve learned to mine gold and oil, we’ve learned to domesticate beasts, gradually with the sacrifice and tenacious effort of known and unknown we are now sending ourselves to the moon or breaking the atom into particles. These are science and technology. We are using them to influence the smallest aspect of our lives. I am particularly going to discuss some of the current modern technology and achievements of United Arab Emirates.

Let us first focus on a great endeavor achieved by the UAE recently in the field of space science and technology. On 29 October 2018, the satellite called KhalifaSat was launched into orbit from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center, which was built at MBRSC space technology labs in Dubai by a team of highly qualified Emirati engineers. It was the first remote sensing satellite to be engineered by a team entirely made up of Emirati engineers. This pioneering and technologically advanced masterpiece has 5 patents. It will provide high-quality imagery for research and various government use for the next 5 years. It was not the first satellite launched by the UAE. Prior to this, they have launched 2 other satellites namely DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2. The UAE formed United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) to foster and regulate space science and technology in the country after its creation in 2014. The UAE now hoping to set another milestone launching another spacecraft in July 2020 to orbit the Mars with a goal to answer some of the answered questions about that planet.

The problem of energy crisis will probably be countered with the nuclear energy in the upcoming future. Nuclear energy has tremendous potential of pure energy. For this, the UAE has her first nuclear power plant under construction called Barakah nuclear power plant which on the site of coastline in the Persian Gulf in coalition with Korea. This nuclear power plant is expected to be completed within 2018 to 2020 and will supply 5380 MW energy to the power grid with its four nuclear reactors when complete. The construction cost of this project is about $24.4 billion USD. In October 2009, H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE approved Federal Law by Decree No. 6 of 2009 Concerning the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

The United Arab Emirates is leading the way to digitizing the healthcare industry space keeping the consumer at the center of the system. The UAE’s Vision 2021 includes improving healthcare for a smarter city. A central database is under implementation which will include all the unified medical records of the country. Today’s state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) will also play an important role in the vision to reduce human error, free up practitioners’ time and to give treatment for common ailments like a cold. The UAE is also conducting research on other branches of life science. In 2009, world’s first cloned camel, Injaz, was born at the Camel Reproduction Center in Dubai, UAE. On 2 November 2015, Injaz gave birth to a healthy female calf. This gave the world evidence that cloned camels can also be fertile and reproduce just like normal ones.

The United Arab Emirates established the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for providing facilities for transportation. Besides some world-popular cost-efficient airlines, they have an extensive and well-developed transportation. An innovation that is worth mentioning about is the Nol Card. It is an electronic ticketing card that was released for service on August 2009 for all public transports in Dubai. It is basically like a credit card. Credits must be added to the card in order to use it. Passengers just use their card on electronic gates that are available at the stations. It had become so popular that RTA had to produce more than 5 million Nol Cards In 2012, since the day it was launched. From mid-2015, all the taxis are equipped with the system to accept the Nol Card.