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From The Editors Travel

Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens Its Doors to a Cosmopolitan Public amid Great Fanfare

An amazing 4K time-lapse video shows the making of UAE’s newest landmark in less than 3 minutes

Under construction since 2009, when the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy inaugurated the “Talking Art: Louvre Abu Dhabi” at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the Louvre Abu Dhabi finally opened to the public at 10 am on Saturday.

Located on Saadiyat Island, the opening of the first Louvre museum outside of Paris was indeed a historic moment marked by lively cultural events, festivities, and performances – a true manifestation of the vision behind the museum’s inception, which is to unite art and culture from all parts of the world under one massive roof.

A traditional Emirati performance called AL AYYALA, by Mubarak Al Otaiba’s group, was timed to perfection to coincide with the opening of the doors. Visitors were greeted with this unique national dance involving two rows of men facing each other in traditional Arab dress with bamboo sticks.

It must be mentioned that AL AYYALA, performed at weddings and other festivities across the UAE, is a UNESCO recognized Living Intangible Heritage since 2014.

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Bill Bragin, an American visitor to the Louvre and an Abu Dhabi resident for the last three years, described his experience as “breathless” and “incredibly emotional” referring to the grand opening as a “historic moment.”

“The idea of birth and the idea of what it means for Abu Dhabi to be a center of arts and culture is really profoundly personal for me,” he also said.

Soroshi Michelle, an Indian architect, said that the chance to see works of art from masters like Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Vincent Van Gogh was worth the hour-long wait outside the Louvre. “It’s been a lovely day,” is how she described her experience the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Ahmad Moayad, an Iraqi tourist, was all praise for the organizational excellence of the museum authorities and was excited about the representation of Babylonian/Iraqi civilization through works of art. He was rather thrilled about the fact that the “Louvre is now somewhere else other than Paris.”

Deborah Williams, a United States professor, could not suppress her excitement about the curation standards of the Louvre. “The curation and the way objects and images are speaking to each other is really exciting,” she said.

American Dorothy Brune who is visiting her daughter in Abu Dhabi made sure her trip coincided with Louvre opening. Here’s what she said.

“I’m visiting my daughter here and specifically asked her to arrange my visit at the time for the opening of the Louvre because I was so excited. What I really love about it is the space that the artwork is in. Of course, the artwork is amazing…the fact that it’s all done chronologically, so you’re traveling through time.”

Throughout the day, American choreographer Lucinda Childs enthralled the visitors with some superb dance moves inside the galleries, while late in the afternoon, Emirati oud maestro Faisal Al Saari captivated the attention of the visitors with his incredible composition.

The evening saw Groupe F, French pyrotechnic experts, stun the audience with a spectacular audio-visual light show named “Museum Reflections” taking them on a four-pronged voyage of discovery through the depths of the sea to the surface, onto terra firma and ultimately the skies.

As of now, there are 600 works of art and artifacts from around the world displayed in 23 galleries of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The main focus of these exhibits is to showcase the mingling of cultures and art – an effort to bring Eastern and Western art under one giant roof.

Etihad Airways, the official airline partner of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, organized a low fly-by over the museum in celebration of the opening ceremony.

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The flagship A380 chosen for the occasion had the official logo of the universal museum on each of its four massive engines to mark the grand event.

“Echoing the sentiments from the signing of our landmark partnership agreement with Louvre Abu Dhabi last month, Etihad Airways is honored to play its part in the inauguration of this hugely important universal institution and bring millions of guests to our home to experience this modern wonder of art and humanity first-hand,” Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer Peter Baumgartner said.

A short video was also shot from the flight deck of the aircraft and from within Louvre Abu Dhabi

“We’re celebrating the historical opening of Abu Dhabi’s universal museum through the art of flying. Look up and watch our iconic A380 aircraft fly-by Louvre Abu Dhabi, to a new world of art and culture.” – Etihad Airways

 

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From The Editors Technology

Tesla Moves to Sell Model S & Model X Online in the UAE– Launches Website

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was in Dubai, Monday, for the official launch of the Tesla Model S and Model X in the UAE through its design studio website dedicated to UAE customers. Customers can now visit the website and customize their choices and place orders online.

 A pop-up store in The Dubai Mall, the Tesla Ranger service, will support the Tesla UAE module along with a service center under construction on Sheikh Zayed Road expected to be ready for operations in July. Another store and a service center in Abu Dhabi, next year, are on the cards as well, according to Tesla. Delivery of the first orders is expected in summer this year.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk with Mohammad al-Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Future, at the World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai

A pop-up store in The Dubai Mall, the Tesla Ranger service, will support the Tesla UAE module along with a service center under construction on Sheikh Zayed Road expected to be ready for operations in July. Another store and a service center in Abu Dhabi, next year, are on the cards as well, according to Tesla. Delivery of the first orders is expected in summer this year.

Model S is priced at $74,872 (AED 275,000) and upwards while Model X starts from $93,659 (AED 344,000). Tesla models running on UAE roads as of now have been imported by ardent Tesla fans.

There are already 26 destination charger stations in the UAE mostly at hotels and shopping centers with 50 more in the pipeline, expected to be operational by the end of this year.

Model S, a full sized five-door electric car with a lift hatch, was introduced in June 2012. It is powered by a front and a rear motor with a combined output of 568 kW. The model has the distinction of being rated as the top selling plug-in electric car in the United States consecutively in 2015 and 2016.

Model X is a full-sized luxury and all-electric crossover SUV with falcon-wing rear doors. It has been developed on the Model S sedan platform – hence, the crossover status. Launched in 2015, it has a 193 kW front motor and a 375 kW motor in the rear.

Watch the video here to know more about it.

Tesla held a press conference at the World Government Summit 2017 to launch the two online-available models where Tesla chief Elon Musk also spoke about his vision for the future.

“I hope we are out there on Mars – and maybe beyond Mars, maybe to Jupiter…. I hope we are traveling frequently throughout the solar system, perhaps preparing for missions to nearby star systems. I think all of this is possible within fifty years.

“I think we’ll see autonomy and artificial intelligence advance tremendously. My guess is in probably ten years it will be very unusual for cars to be built that are not fully autonomous.”

Here’s a video of the summit including Musk’s interview:

Elon Musk also met with the chief executive and managing director of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, as Dubai readies to expand its network of charging stations for electric vehicles and Musk’s expertise in the area can come in handy.

UAE being a relatively small country should not pose any problems for Tesla in so far as setting up an efficient infrastructure is concerned. Small it may be but it is home to some of the wealthiest people and Tesla should be able to capture a good chunk of the car market in the country before long.

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From The Editors Health

Arab Health Conference 2017 in Dubai – 3D Medical Printing in the Spotlight

Although 3D medical printing has been around for some time now, it received great prominence at this year’s Arab Health Conference held in Dubai. Representatives from over 4000 healthcare companies from 70 countries attended the annual meet which commenced on Jan 30, 2016, and ended on February 2, 2017.

In stark contrast to last year’s conference when 3D printing for medical purposes hardly received attention, this year it was a different story altogether. 3D printing was dedicated a special zone for practical workshops providing hands-on training on the 3D technology to healthcare practitioners.

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The participants explored possibilities of pharmaceutical, clinical, and laboratory applications of 3D printing for the treatment of various illnesses in the areas of cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, and surgery.

The annual Arab Health Conference is becoming increasingly essential for healthcare companies and medical professionals – even patients, for that matter, who have faith in the latest medical technologies, which is developing at a rapid pace, to provide them succor from their ailments.

Princess Haya was the keynote speaker at the conference as, indeed, she had been at the same meet last year as well. She is the wife of the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and was accompanied by the Health Ministers of UAE and Nigeria, Abdul Rahman Mohamed Al Oweis and Professor Isaac Adewole, respectively.

It’s never a bad idea to open a speech addressing as serious a topic as 3D medical printing with a bit of humor, and that’s exactly what she did in her opening speech at the conference saying she was “relieved to see that I cannot be easily substituted by a robot.” She then got into some serious talks about the growing importance of innovation in technology with particular emphasis on its medical applications.

“I am very proud to be able to make a statement that reflects the humility of our healthcare teams,” Princess Haya said in her speech. “The combination of ambition and humility is the kind of balance that healthcare needs, and here in the UAE, we have that balance. Our leadership has embraced technology to ensure quality, and it has never forgotten its people. And that is our message to all of you who visit us today. Our nascent system is exemplary in its approach to technology.”

She spoke about the robotic pharmacy recently launched at the Al Fujairah Hospital in the UAE. A robot at the pharmacy has the capability of performing medical tasks such as preparing prescriptions and arranging stocks and can be programmed for these functions at the mere touch of a button. It can store up to 35,000 medicines and hand out around 12 prescriptions short of a minute.

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Princess Haya stressed the importance of ensuring “successful adoption” of new technologies by making available the appropriate tools and knowledge for “the physician, the patient, and the system” alike, not forgetting to mention the importance of proper training to ensure proficiency among medical practitioners.

“I have already alluded to the difficulty faced in embracing new technology in healthcare. To ensure a successful adoption, we need to equip the physician, the patient, and the system with the right tools and knowledge. We also need to improve medical training to ensure future generations of doctors are proficient in the use of technology, social media, and digital platforms,” she said.

After her keynote speech, Princess Haya made it a point to visit several of the 4500 exhibits put up by manufacturers, vendors, and service providers including a stop at the “Siemens Healthlineers” booth which is also the platinum sponsor and recent partner of Strata and Etihad. The partnership will work towards expanding 3D printing technology in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

President-Regions Central Europe, Middle East & Africa, Siemens Healthineers, Dr. Bernd Ohnesorge said, “As a partner of the Leaders in Healthcare conference, we continue to support the UAE’s drive towards adopting innovative technology and comprehensive solutions for healthcare applications. The rapid adoption of new healthcare technologies and partnership models supports healthcare providers in improving patient outcomes, by streamlining processes and pushing the boundaries of patient care. The possibilities are endless for innovation in healthcare, and this conference provides the ideal platform for leaders in the industry to converge and discuss how we can better utilize technologies for the benefit of patients across the region.”

Other speakers at the conference included the Group CEO of Informa, Arab Health organizer, Lord Stephen Carter and Paul Miullen, GE Healthcare General Manager, Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Societies, to name a couple of them.