Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said Dubai is fully prepared to tackle any challenges in the upcoming period through its strategic framework and comprehensive groundwork to envision and shape the future.
The emirate is not bound by notions of what is considered impossible and does not falter in the face of difficulties and obstacles, he said.
Shaikh Hamdan’s remarks came as he reviewed the prototype of an innovative medical ventilator fully designed and assembled in the UAE by a specialised team of local and international experts from DFF in collaboration with public and private institutions and research centres. The development of the ventilator is part of the country’s efforts to deploy breakthrough technologies in the fight against COVID-19 and enhance its healthcare capabilities.
He added the accomplishment has been guided by the vision of Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make DFF a global R&D hub for futuristic technologies and a key driver of Dubai and the UAE’s efforts to enhance their technological, medical and scientific sectors.
"We are proud of the efforts of talented local specialists who designed and developed an innovative medical ventilator indigenously. We are also proud of DFF’s efforts in making this scientific achievement possible. Accomplishments like this further contribute to realising Shaikh Mohammed’s vision for the future and his commitment to fostering local talent and innovative homegrown technology, as well as the country’s proactive efforts to raise its advanced healthcare competencies," Shaikh Hamdan said.
The devices have been presented to the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Dubai Health Authority. Field trials on the devices will begin in a few days. Once deployed, the ventilators will boost the availability of critical care equipment.