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Gitex Global Day 3: Economy minister’s address, Metaverse hospital, Unicorn tips

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Day Three of the 42nd Gitex Global, the world’s largest tech and start-up event, witnessed an exclusive interaction of Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy with the public. There were more exciting announcements such as the UAE’s first metaverse hospital, biggest unicorns of the world congregating under one roof to share funding advice, and a sneak peek into how robotics is transforming surgery.

UAE Minister of Economy addresses Gitex Global audience

Minister Al Marri began the day’s proceedings with a briefing on how the ministry is forging a business environment that attracts investments, tourism and talent, and stimulates research, development, and innovation. Al Marri said that the “fuel” for any economy is talent, while the UAE is making “huge” investments in research and development and supporting talent development through its focus on science and technology. Sharing the country’s macroeconomic outlook, he noted that the UAE experienced one of the fastest recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic, while foreign trade surpassed AED 1 trillion in the first half of 2022. The UAE expects 6.5% GDP growth by the end of 2022, including a rise of 4.3% for the non-oil sector, he said.

Thumbay Group announces UAE’s first metaverse hospital

Thumbay Group, a diversified international business conglomerate, announced a number of futuristic initiatives at Gitex Global. The group is working on building a full-fledged virtual hospital in the metaverse to provide patients with an immersive healthcare experience. From multiple doctors consulting a case in a virtual clinic to first aid and preventive health programs using AR/VR and AI technologies, the metaverse hospital aims to provide state-of-the-art healthcare backed by cutting-edge technology and research. Phase one of the project is expected to go live by the end of 2022.

Crowds continue to throng Gitex Global at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Day 3 of the event. Courtesy DWTC

Gitex hears how robotics is transforming surgery

A total of 230 operations have been carried out in the UAE using Da Vinci surgical robotics since 2019, the first Emirati surgeon licensed to use the technology told the Gitex Global audience. Dr Muna Kashwani, specialist at the gynecology department of Al Qassimi Women and Children Hospital in Sharjah, said that operating the Da Vinci technology enabled her to carry out highly precise and effective bloodless operations using just a single-entry point. Robotics can play an important role in the future of surgery, she said, with a transatlantic operation already having been carried out in France using Da Vinci technology operated remotely from the US. She added that autonomous robotic operations are already possible for hard tissue such as bone.

Unicorns share top tips

Gitex Global, through its start-up event, North Star is hosting the biggest unicorn meetup of the year in Dubai, with 35 unicorns from 15 countries looking to explore new opportunities and expand in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.

In a fireside chat hosted by Bina Khan, co-founder, angel investor and strategic advisor at Summit Venture Partners, Toon Gyssels, COO of UAE-based cloud kitchen company, Kitopi advised entrepreneurs not to be distracted by “shiny new things.” Gyssels gave the example of an ill-advised foray Kitopi made into grocery delivery at the height of the pandemic. The venture’s eventual failure was an expensive, but a crucial learning moment, Gyssels said.

Zhong Xu, Co-founder and CEO of Deliverect, a service that integrates food delivery orders, implored start-up founders to bootstrap. “You do not need funding,” he said. “Funding makes you go slower because you are forced to listen to a lot of noise when you don’t need to.”

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T10 League: hosts Abu Dhabi, American pair and Deccan in knockout stage

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Kieron Pollard smashed 26 runs from seven balls when the team needed 46 runs from 18 balls. Supplied

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The final four teams for the knockout stages in the T10 Abu Dhabi League have been spotted after the final round-robin match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday. Interestingly, the freshest two teams in the league and boasting owners from the United States took the top perches on debut.

Table-toppers New York Strikers and Morrisville Samp Army, led by England T20 vice-captain Moeen Ali, are in the mix for the trophy hunt in the sixth season of the tournament. Moeen was yesterday named captain of Sharjah Warriors for the inaugural season of UAE’s own league, the International League T20, which starts January 13 to February 12.

Team Abu Dhabi and Deccan Gladiators make up the top four. On the final day of the round-robin stage, three matches were played out.

Match Day 9

1) New York captain Kieron Pollard and Azam Khan helped pull off an exciting seven-wicket win over Delhi Bulls with two balls to spare on the ninth day of the tournament in Abu Dhabi. Needing a massive 46 runs from 18 balls in chasing Delhi’s total of 112-6, Pollard (26 from 7 balls) and Azam (37, 22b) sealed a thriller in front of a large holiday crowd. Read more about the match here.

2) Team Abu Dhabi spinners Adil Rashid and Fabian Allen restricted Bangla Tigers to 74 for 5 and helped their team register an emphatic eight wicket win.
Chris Lynn cracking an unbeaten 33 off just 17 balls with four boundaries and six, well backed by James Vince’s 29 off 17 balls with four boundaries and a six, to steer Team Abu Dhabi to the target in just seven overs. (Match report)

3) Morrisville Samp Army marched into the play-off stage through a well-fought win by 19 runs over Deccan Gladiators. Samp Army posted 126 for 2 in 10 overs through opener Johnson Charles’ unbeaten 58 and David Miller’s unbeaten 35. Chasing the target, Deccan Gladiators could muster only 107 for 5 in 10 overs. Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s unbeaten knock of 41 runs went in vain. Report

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Jaffer Bhai’s goes ‘glocal’ with its newest branch in DIFC

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Jaffer Bhai’s, the Biryani King of Bombay, inaugurated their newest outlet in Dubai on Tuesday, November 29, ahead of UAE’s 51st National Day celebrations.
The over-the-counter Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) concept in the South Market food court at the Gate Avenue of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Is the four-decades-old legacy group’s third establishment in the UAE after their oldest and flagship restaurant in Karama, and a second one in Al Barsha. “This is also by far our most significant step forward considering the concept of the kitchen and the pan-Asian, pan-European/American clientele it will serve, So this is our first truly global restaurant with a very localised outlook making us a glocal outfit,” said Moin Jaffer Mansuri, the second-generation owner of the chain that first began operations in 1973 in Mumbai before coming to the shores of Dubai in UAE in the nineties. “We have consistently been voted one of Dubai’s best restaurants for biryani but there’s more to us than our dum-cooked rice and meat legacy and our specialist team at DIFC outlet can’t wait to showcase it by catering to everyone, including the resident upmarket executive foodies with a more refined palate and everyone else that loves a hearty workday lunch.”

According to Mansuri, Jaffer Bhai’s DIFC will be mostly targeting customers looking to grab a quick bite on the go, in between work and meetings. “And so, the kitchen here will be serving daily specials including biryanis, kebabs and choicest of desserts. But one thing that we are also introducing here is our own version of the world’s best kathi rolls, something we expect our patrons to absolutely fall in love with,” he added. “This is truly a landmark moment for us. It is always a great sign when we can expand and serve new customers in a completely new market.”
Besides the new additions, guests here can expect Jaffer Bhai’s other wildly popular dishes like the 1952 Gosht Biriyani, Murgh-e-Nargis and all of their famous kebabs.
About Jaffer Bhai’s Restaurants
Since the inception of Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar in Mumbai, India in 1986, it has been the spot synonymous with an unparalleled mouth-watering pot of Indian dum biryani. With a passion in his heart and hands, Moin ‘Jaffer Bhai’ Mansuri, today leads a team of select chefs to serve what has been consistently rated by media, influencers and foodies as one of Dubai’s best biryanis. Jaffer Bhai imbibed the philosophy of pursuing perfection in the biriyani making process from start to the end from his father. He believes in identifying the right ingredients for a quality product and adding a distinct Mughlai flavour from India’s financial capital of Mumbai to create a biryani that has so far wowed more than 50 million customers over five decades of being in business.

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BeingSHE Universe 2022 pageant announced in Dubai

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The much-awaited BeingShe Universe 2022 grand finale was held at Orange Chameleon – Palm Jumeirah on Saturday. The event attracted local and international media, celebrities, fashion designers, influencers, and respectable names in the fashion industry.

This year’s edition, powered by Mai Dubai, was held under the theme ‘Beauty and Fitness in Perfect Balance’.
“This season we were mainly focused on physical fitness,” said Aparna Bajpai, founder of BeingShe organisation, “where the participants were invited for a four-day boot camp which served as the preliminary competition to determine subtitle winners.”

Participants were trained on body posture, personal development, communication, and public speaking in preparation for the Grand Finale night. More than a dozen countries — from the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, and Nigeria to Tunisia, Ghana, Argentina, Kenya, Algeria, Ukraine, Iran, and Lebanon — were represented this season.

Media personality Wassim Mandil hosted the show. A total of five contestants won subtitles based on their performance during the training sessions. Anna Barisova from Russia won the Woman of Substance, Daphine Najjuma from Uganda was named the Most Fit Personality, Tima Shaaban from Lebanon was the Most Empowered, while Najeh Thider won Best Social Media. Subsequently, award-winning pianist and singer Violetta Dikarieva from Argentina/Ukraine won the most beautiful singer title.

During the show, participants competed in three categories which included bridal couture and evening wear as they showcased designs from international fashion designer Walid Atallah and Evin while wearing exquisite jewellery from Mozafarian Jewellers. For the final round, the top 10 contestants took part in an in-depth Q&A session by the jury.

Shania Rosario from Portugal took home the 2022 BeingShe Universe title while Tima Shaaban from Lebanon was crowned BeingShe Universe 2022 ambassador. Outgoing title winner Pooja Kathuria crowned her successor during the ceremony.

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