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15 years of Sheikh Muhammed’s Leadership: Major tech initiatives in Dubai

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UAE’s leader His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum completes 15 years as ruler of Dubai today on January 4, 2021. The UAE has emerged as one of the key incubators of innovation and technological advancements over the past 15 years under his visionary leadership.

Here’s a quick look at five major tech initiatives taken under the rule of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to drive the city towards a technology-powered future and making it a digital hub.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

On February 6, 2006, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum laid the foundation of The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST). It was later incorporated into Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in 2015. MBRSC is an advanced scientific and technological hub and its establishment reflects Sheikh Muhammed’s vision of making UAE a world leader in space services and exploration. MRRSC is also responsible for the development of the Emirates Mars Mission and the Mars Hope Probe launched in July 2020.

Smart Police Stations

To provide a safer and crime-free environment to the residents of UAE, Dubai introduced Middle East’s first-of-its-kind Smart Police Station at City Walk, Dubai in 2017. Dubai Police Smart Station was inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and it enables people to avail services without visiting the traditional police station or waiting in the queue.

Virgin Hyperloop One

Travelling between Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes is a dream that is close to becoming a reality now. The multi-billion high-tech project, Virgin Hyperloop One, also known as Hyperloop Dubai sent its first human passengers on the historic test ride last year. Reimagining the future of transportation, developed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, the futuristic high-speed transport system will reduce the one hour commute to just 12 minutes.

The Skyscrapers

The very widely used phrase for the city of future: ‘You name it, Dubai has it. Or if it doesn’t have it, It’s building It.’ This is a clear depiction of UAE’s ultra-modern skyscrapers. With the presence of world’s tallest building ‘Burj Khalifa’ and many other sky-high buildings in the city, Dubai aims to have 25% of its buildings to be 3D printed by 2030, as per Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Ain Dubai

Ain Dubai or Dubai Eye located in the Bluewaters Island in Marina is the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel. It gives an incredible 360-degree view of Dubai. With the UAE leadership vision of making Dubai the happiest city on Earth by using smart technology, Ain Dubai Ferris wheel will have smart travel capsules & LED screens installed inside providing spectacular views below.


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