Dubai has used smart police helmets, research labs, and a number of smart devices and technologies to claim its name as one of the smartest cities in the world. Now, they are taking everything technological to beat the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 Command and Control Centre by the Dubai authorities is a set up to coordinate the efforts of Dubai’s doctors, epidemiologists, and other professionals. It is hosted within the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) in Dubai’s Healthcare City, also home to state-of-the-art hospitals, labs and research centers.
“For several years, Dubai has endeavored to put in place solid digital infrastructure, and this has contributed to the fight against the coronavirus”, said Amer Sharif, who heads the multidisciplinary center.
It was established at the start of the health crisis by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council.
In one room, young mask-wearing men and women sit at carefully separated desks crunching data on laptops and coordinating with workers on the ground.
The initiative includes a scientific team whose role is “to stay abreast of the latest advances in research and scientific evidence, both in the country and elsewhere in the world”, team head Alawi Alsheikh Ali told.