In 2018, Ministry of Health and Prevention provided Al Qasimi Hospital with a new robotic device to conduct complicated catheterisation and cardiac surgeries. Its benefits include 99.1 per cent clinical success in complex cases, 95 per cent reduction in radiation exposure to the primary operator in addition to speed and accuracy in fixing the stent.
Robots are also used in Rashid Hospital Dubai to conduct catheterisation and cardiac surgeries.
Robotic Surgeries in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
In April 2019, Ministry of Health and Prevention launched the Robotic Surgeries Programme in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. The launch comes in the wake of the successful use of the robot in heart surgeries, due to its capability of accessing the most complicated parts in the human body, besides its high accuracy because of the firmness of the robotic arm during the surgery.
Ministry of Health and Prevention declared in early 2017 the launch of a robotic pharmacy to deliver medicines in the external clinics of Al Fujairah Hospital. The robotic pharmacy aims to avoid the dispensing of wrong medicines and waiting for long time.
The Medopad app from Ministry of Health and Prevention tracks the most important daily activities of patients, monitors patient’s vital signs remotely and helps the medical care teams to provide better care by remotely documenting, analysing and reviewing their data and information. The app uses artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to predict or detect life-threatening medical conditions. It has several educational and awareness content to assist patients under pre and post-operative care and those with cancer, multiple sclerosis, kidney and heart diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Parkinson’s and others diseases.
Robots for public services
In May 2017, Dubai Police employed the world’s first operational robot policeman, who officially joined the line of duty and greeted guests at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC).
The autonomous Robocop stands 170 centimetres tall and weighs 100 kilograms. It is equipped with an emotion detector which can recognise gestures and hand signals from up to 1.5 metres away. The Robocop can also detect a person's emotions and facial expressions – whether the individual is happy, sad, or smiling - and has the ability to change his expression and greetings accordingly to put people at ease. RoboCop can also transmit and communicate in six languages including Arabic and English. Additionally, the robot can chat and interact, respond to public queries, shake hands and offer a military salute.
Dubai Municipality uses robots to help save lives on the beaches of Dubai. The new addition is the most state-of-art technology used in the safety system of the municipality. The robots are designed to withstand the worst climatic conditions. They can be used in the event of high waves or heavy ocean currents that are difficult for human lifeguards to conduct rescue operations. One robot is capable of saving four to five people at the same time.
Robots to serve customers
In November 2014, Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (formerly known as Emirates Identity Authority) launched the robot Hamad to serve customers in its happiness centers all over the country. The robot Hamad provides many services, like receiving ID renewal applications, identifying ID card status, and updating personal information of customers.
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai integrated a robot-operated vehicle registration plate maker in Dubai. The fully-automated machine can produce 33,000 plates per day. A robot receives electronic printing orders via the e-Licensing System and begins to print registration plates without any human intervention.
Robots to clean Dubai Metro stations
RTA uses robots also to clean Dubai Metro stations. The purpose of using the robotic cleaner is to reduce consumption of water required for traditional cleaning and provide deliberate sterilisation.
Online advisor for living in Dubai
Smart Dubai launched the Rashid chatbot, which uses artificial intelligence to offer official and reliable answers to customers’ questions regarding the necessary procedures, documents, and requirements to conduct various transactions. This is the result of the partnership between several government departments.
Largest global robotics challenge
Dubai will host the First Global Robotics Challenge, an annual international robotics competition for young students from 25 to 27 October 2019. Organised by the Dubai Future Foundation under the theme ‘Ocean Opportunities’, the 2019 version of the First Global Challenge focuses on developing robots to clean up the millions of tons of pollutants in the oceans produced mainly by factories, mismanaged sewage systems and marine activities, which adversely affect marine life and the environment.
First Global, a not-for-profit public charity, organises a yearly international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among more than two billion youths across the world. More than 2,000 students aged 14 to 18 from 193 countries including the UAE will join the event.
At the 7th World Government Summit in Dubai, the UAE won the bid to host the First Global Robotics Challenge. This is the first time that FIRST Global will be held in the UAE or in any country in the Arab region after previous editions being held in the US and Mexico.
Watch this video about ‘Ocean Opportunities - First Global Challenge-2019 in Dubai.
AI and Robotics contests for school students
The UAE’s Ministry of Education launched a series of artificial intelligence and robotics contests for students of grades 1 to 12. The contest aims to prepare a generation of UAE thinkers, researchers and innovators and build capacity of national cadres for future sustainable knowledge-based economy.