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His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, witnessed the signing of partnership and cooperation agreements between the “Dubai Future Laboratories” of the Dubai Future Foundation, and each of “Emirates Airlines” and “DB World”. and dnata, with the aim of employing the latest technologies of the future in developing the aviation and logistics sectors in Dubai and the UAE.
These national partnerships aim to activate the outputs of the “Dubai Robotics and Automation Program” that was launched last September with the aim of accelerating the adoption of these advanced technological applications in various major economic sectors, and supporting 5 future areas of research and development, including production and manufacturing, tourism and customer services, health care, and improving working conditions, logistics and transportation, in order to make Dubai among the top 10 global cities for robotics and automation technology by adopting and developing robotics technology, empowering national talents and creating new solutions, products and services in this sector.
The signing ceremony was attended, along with His Highness, by His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation, His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, Deputy Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation, and His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman The Board of Directors and CEO of the “DB World” group, Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer of Emirates Airlines, Steve Allen, CEO of “Dnata”, and His Excellency Khalfan Juma Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation.
His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama stressed that these partnerships will contribute to strengthening the position of Dubai and the UAE as an open global laboratory for the latest technologies and innovations, in line with the vision of the country’s leadership to make it a global destination for fruitful partnerships, research and development, and designing the future.
He said that employing robots, automation and future technologies in key sectors enhances economic growth in the country and supports its competitiveness and attractiveness for establishing and expanding businesses and providing logistical services for international trade routes.
Employing technologies and innovations in the logistics services sector.
The partnership between Dubai Future Labs and DB World aims to develop and employ the latest technologies and innovations in the logistics sector, increase its contribution to the future economy of Dubai and the UAE, and increase the flexibility of supply chains in dealing with future challenges.
Dubai Future Laboratories will provide an open space for testing and implementing the latest logistics operations technologies, in addition to developing unprecedented future solutions that focus on employing technology, artificial intelligence, storage and analysis of big data, and blockchain technology in creating qualitative solutions for the continuity of supply chains, transport systems, handling and storage of goods based on automation. Intelligent operations and anticipating optimal future scenarios for work mechanisms and patterns within the various “DB World” workstations.
The focus during the next phase will be on the project of developing smart, self-driving electric mechanisms to be used in port operations as a sustainable alternative to the trucks currently operating, in a way that achieves many benefits, most notably cost reduction, maintenance needs, reduction of the margin of error and risks to work cadres and individuals, and the provision of a fleet of sustainable vehicles free of emissions.
Work will also take place within the “Dubai Future Laboratories” on designing and developing robotic systems for use in warehouse automation, in addition to developing and automating support systems such as health, safety and environment systems, and others.
On the importance of this partnership, His Excellency Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of the DB World Group, said: “This agreement is a top priority for us, especially at this stage when improving the efficiency of the supply chain is vital, and we will make every effort to Bworld, in partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation, makes every effort to explore opportunities and achieve qualitative achievements in various fields, through integration with the smart government system and benefit from the momentum of comprehensive development and innovation to transform the UAE economy into a digital and smart model. By virtue of our role in enabling smart trade, we have become at the forefront of institutions A pioneer in the development of technology that shapes the future of the logistics industry, and we will work based on the capabilities of our systems to dedicate the position of the UAE and Dubai to be a global trading center in adopting advanced digital technologies. We have already succeeded in exploring the mechanisms of practicing trade and logistics services through our innovative technological products, foremost of which is the project ” Hyperloop, automated warehouse cargo storage systems, and our smart solutions such as Trade Dubai, Cargo’s platform, C-Rate platform, etc. Support the Digital Shipping Alliance.
We are currently finding innovative solutions with a future vision for the world of Metaverse to overcome supply chain challenges on the ground.”
He added, “Our teams are constantly researching and developing to digitize manual and traditional methods in our logistics operations. An example of this is the electric container terminal truck project, which is a qualitative achievement and a model for transforming our assets and enhancing them with modern technologies, to become part of our smart system that will contribute to reducing fluctuations in the supply chain.” and supply, and enhance the efficiency of the flow of trade traffic around the world.
Innovative solutions for passenger experience, air freight and ground operations
The partnership agreement signed between Dubai Future Laboratories and Emirates Airlines aims to enhance joint cooperation in employing the latest robotics solutions and automation systems to develop innovative solutions for the passenger experience, and to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of air freight and ground operations.
Under this partnership, Dubai Future Laboratories will provide support for the development of R&D, testing and pilot projects, including a check-in robot that uses facial recognition technology and interacts with passengers, as well as a service robot in airport lounges. The innovative solutions will also improve customer satisfaction by providing a smoother journey at the airport.
Emirates Airlines also aims, through this cooperation, to develop its own automated warehouse management system, increase the efficiency of internal operations and sustainability standards, and achieve its environmental goals. It will work with Dubai Future Labs to develop an autonomous baggage conveyance system and self-driving pallets for cargo storage, helping to make operations safer, more efficient and more reliable.
These efforts aim to enhance the leadership of “Emirates Airlines” globally by providing an integrated experience for passengers on board its flights, and to increase the use of robots at Dubai International Airport to provide a distinguished travel experience, in a way that contributes to achieving the goals of the “Dubai Robotics and Automation Program” launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed. Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with the aim of making Dubai among the top 10 global cities for robotics and automation technology, by adopting and developing robotics technology, empowering national talents, and creating new solutions, products and services.
Adel Al Redha, Chief Operations Officer at Emirates Airlines, said, “We aim, through this partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation, to expand the employment of robotics applications, advanced technologies and artificial intelligence in various fields of our business, and to benefit from national and international expertise in the Dubai Future Laboratories to improve the performance of daily operations and improve levels of efficiency.” operations, as well as providing more distinctive experiences to our customers.”
Qualitative innovations to enhance the efficiency of airport operations
The third partnership between Dubai Future Laboratories and dnata aims to automate the entire fleet of ground operations, convert the fleet of ground operations to electric power, enhance safety and security standards for Dubai Airports operations and their sustainability, and benefit from robots to enhance the accuracy of ground operations, and continue to reduce emissions. carbonaceous.
This cooperation contributes to devoting global leadership to Dubai Airports ground operations in terms of accuracy and effectiveness by using robots, in addition to enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of its operations by using electrically operated mechanisms and automating various systems to continue providing the best ground services at Dubai Airports, which receives the largest number of visitors annually.
Work will be done to achieve this through the development of qualitative innovations in the “Dubai Future Laboratories” that employ future technologies, artificial intelligence applications and robots to improve the operations of Dubai airports, and achieve the transition to electrical energy for the entire fleet of ground operations of “Dnata”, as well as enhancing the efficiency of operational performance and compliance. Strictly schedule aircraft service and speed up loading and unloading using new technologies, in addition to developing standards of sustainability, environmental protection, safety and emissions reduction.
For his part, Steve Allen, CEO of dnata, said, “Through this cooperation with the Dubai Future Foundation and its laboratories, we aim to accelerate the development of technologies and tools that enable us at dnata to continue innovation and development of airport operations so that Dubai airports remain in the first place in the world.”
He added, “Research and development has been a fundamental pillar of our strategy since dnata was established, and our partnership with Dubai Future Laboratories constitutes a free and open space that supports our plans to automate all our ground operations, convert its fleet to clean electric energy, and enhance safety and security standards and performance efficiency.”
His Excellency Khalfan Juma Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, confirmed that the Dubai Future Laboratories, which were launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, “may God protect him” two years ago, provide an advanced laboratory open for research and development and testing promising technologies. And new ones, including smart automation solutions for storage, handling, transportation and logistics services, designs for self-driving mechanisms powered by zero-emission renewable energy, and other innovations that employ programming, machine learning, the Internet of things, robots, and big data management and analysis to anticipate the future of vital sectors.
He added, “These partnerships embody Dubai Future Foundation’s keenness to cooperate with government and private entities, innovators, entrepreneurs and owners of ideas for emerging projects to transform present ideas into tangible future projects in line with Dubai’s investment plans to support research and development and create future solutions and more efficient and sustainable services.”
Dubai Laboratories for the Future
Dubai Future Laboratories, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, and supervised by the Dubai Future Foundation, employs diverse national expertise in preparing applied research, product development frameworks, design and production of models. Preliminary and feasibility studies. It also contributes to supporting building the future economy on knowledge through its partnerships with research and development institutions from around the world, in a way that contributes to achieving future aspirations, creating new markets and job opportunities, and providing a communication platform between various sectors and parties concerned with promoting the employment of modern technology.