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UAE spotlights smart tech at 46th National Day celebrations

Official celebrations for the UAE’s 46th National Day concluded on Saturday evening, at an event titled ‘Here is the Future’ held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE's vision for self-driving vehicles, smart robots and futuristic transport modes were all discussed during the event.
The UAE’s vision for self-driving vehicles, smart robots and futuristic transport modes were all discussed during the event.

Following the National Anthem, the audience watched a panoramic performance on the roadmap for the future of the UAE. The three-scene and 11-chapter programme explored how the UAE’s journey will be enhanced through the employment and deployment of advanced technology.

While one scene presented self-driving vehicles, others narrated the UAE’s story towards development and modernisation in areas of education (smart robots), transport modes (ultra-fast hyperloop train) and health (robotic prescription dispensing system). Another scene spoke about Masdar, the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city powered entirely by renewable energy, and its development plans.

A highlight of the programme was a scene about the transformation from traditional to alternative energy, spotlighting the message of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to the future generations, and his vision for the future of energy and the post-oil era.

The presentation also addressed the topic of nuclear energy, and included an interview with Alia Al Mansoori, winner of UAE Genes in Space competition. She spoke with a NASA scientist about her study on how exposure to space affects the health of live organisms.

Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers were in attendance. A group of Sheikhs, ministers, senior officials and commanders of Armed Forces and Police were also present at the event.

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