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Tech in the UAE

The UAE was always first in embracing new technology to improve it’s services and to provide the best environment to the residents.
I had drafted many ideas earlier to improve parts and bits of the things I found which had space for improvement.
The first was an idea from my late father, Mr. Najmul Hassan, who had suggested a foot bridge across the creek for people to move quickly between the 2 sides.
Secondly, he had ideas of flying cars after being stuck in traffic on a regular basis, complaining the growing number of cars who do not have capable drivers at the steering wheels.
This gave me the third idea of a robot or self driving cars that would know the route perfectly, that would be able to steer perfectly, that would also be able to follow the rules perfectly, without disturbing other drivers (or robots)
Another problem that I always had trouble dealing with was the time frame. I have lots of things to do in my mind, but rarely I am able to program the day and manage my time accordingly. This gave me another idea for time management and the situations where external forces controlled my work and schedule more than the work that I had planned in my mind.
To make matters worse, I had always work that was evolving according to the needs of other persons, companies or bosses, and I rarely managed to do the work that I had originally planned. This brought me another idea, an idea from google inc. that shows me some parts of my daily planner. If I had booked a cinema ticket for example or if there was somebody’s birthday today. This told me that maybe we can centrally plan somebody’s workday or workweek or maybe even full year’s worth of work schedule, that will automatically be shown to the person on the phone as a notification.
This might sound strange but we are now constantly checking our phones for notifications, either social or work related, and continuously responding to those. As we become more and more a respondent, we do more and more according to the notifications we receive.
What if those notifications were sent in a more organised manner, like a work flow which included short breaks for social interactions, replenishing coffee or water, then also notification to visit the washroom :) What if the user’s lifestyle was so well known to the app that it could program the day or days more efficiently, then the person could ever do. Also the app could adjust according to the mood of the user. what if the app could also provide better monetary gains or make the progress more efficient? What if the app understood the user’s needs, and adjusted the workflow, or for that matter leisure flow accordingly? What if the app was able to balance the work and play in such a way that provided maximum benefits for all parties involved? The employer, the family, the friends, and mostly the USER.
Instead of being the one following the orders of the boss, or the family, he would actually be able to follow his own orders, according to his regular work day, but in a more organised way as controlled by the app, which will actually be based on the user’s settings.
Will need AI or deep mind thinking to help me solve this and then also provide the notifications to the USER.

As another great exhibition comes to a close, more people have more interest in visiting Dubai more often, making Dubai another popular destination. Then I remind myself of yet another astonishing fact. Dubai Airport is now declared the busiest international airport in the world, counting the number of passengers that travel through Dubai, outbound, inbound and in transit.

The Travel industry consists of the airline that brings in the passengers, the airports that the passengers pass through to reach their destination. Would the market be saturated, when the airport has the most number of footfall in any given month? What would be the measurement of growth?

The pictures are courtesy of Arabian Travel News

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Hyatt Stand

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Hyatt Stand

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Armani Stand

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Armani Stand

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Emirates Airline

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Emirates Airline

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Etihad Airline

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Etihad Airline

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Falconry Culture in UAE

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Falconry Culture in UAE

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Musical Culture of UAE

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Musical Culture of UAE

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Peruvian Display

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Peruvian Display

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Milano EXPO

Arabian Travel Market 2015 Milano EXPO

Reminding myself of how quickly time passes by. I had just recently written a blog for the Arabian Travel Market (2014) edition thinking of the future of tourism in our city of Dubai. It affectively boosted the tourist industry in the city, and the country of United Arab Emirates. As more holiday makers visit Dubai, more people learn about the wonderful place this really is, and as a whole improve the economy, not just in Dubai, not just in UAE but the whole of the Arabian Gulf.

Do comment on what your opinions are.

Remembering back the times of the voyage by sea to Dubai, most of the journey was in rough seas. Though luckily the voyage was not a very long one like a month on board a steady cruise ship, this was more like a sail boat which easily swayed to the slight push of a breeze. As I PRESS my mind, I am getting flashes of short bursts of rough seas through the small round windows in the ships hull, probably during the night, lying in our separate bunks, watching the moonlit waters splashing on the window.

As I was too young to be bothered with the reasoning of the travels through the sea, I do remember enjoying the voyage just as much as I would have enjoyed an evening with friends out. The time on the deck was spent running around from side to side, with other kids on the ship enjoying the cool breeze together with the tender rocking of the ship.

Every moment of the journey should be noted and written in print, so that the time can forever be preserved in history. But, ALAS! no such luck as the majority of the people on that vessel with me during the journey, that I knew were family, and all of them have passed away to eternal abode, in the recent years.

As I write this journal, the one person closest to me on the journey, MY MOTHER, comes to my mind and reminds me of her love and caring during the trip and for as long as she lived thereafter. She was the person, who would tell us about the things on the boat and the various hapennings, as we were too young to remember the actual facts.

From my memory, and through her help as a constant reminder, I dare to write a few words every now and then

Her memories bring tears to my eyes and force me to end another chapter with a sigh

Till later

 

I would like to share some of my thoughts on the leaders (past and present) of a young nation i.e. United Arab Emirates. It must have started with the British rulers of the earlier colony, naming a president and the ruler of the country. The UAE, consisting of 7 smaller emirates or cities if you may will, to unite as a single bigger nation. Under the supervision and probably security of the British colony, the country was formed with Abu Dhabi (capital), Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm al Quwain, The leadership of Sheikh Zayed al Nayhan, president of UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, was highly commendable as the major income from oil was generated in the capital but well-distributed among the rest of the emirates, excluding Dubai. Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum, vice president of UAE and ruler of Dubai, has the to be named as the force behind the development within Dubai and UAE as a whole.

Here I would also like to share some pictures as published recently in the local newspaper, gulfnews.

The pictures really do highlight some of the nation’s stepping-stones during the growth and explosion of the expat population into the country.

Many will agree that the real building blocks of the country lie within the expat community who have been serving their lives here for their own personal developments first and also the development of the nation. The rulers must have seen the potential within the expat community which were helping to bring a relatively higher population growth, for the future of the country. They created rules and regulations for the influx of the expats, coming in first from the UK and later from the sub-continent.

I do remember my parents telling me stories of the ease with which visas were obtained for the family to arrive and the little checks that were carried out at the point of entry. And soon we were seeing hordes of families from India and Pakistan residing in the many blocks built for expat workers to stay.

Do see the pictures

Till later…..

Wow! What a coincidence!

Did not know or plan, but after posting my memoirs of travelling from Karachi to Dubai, the latest edition of travel and tourism exhibition was highlighted in the newspapers today. After reading the headlines  at the breakfast table, didnot notice the publicity that this show has invited, until late in the evening after dinner, reading the late news :(

Now to really contradict the actual industrie’s standards of luxury as highlighted at the exhibition against my desperate plans of travel will surely tickle everybody’s funny bone.

Keep reading and keep posting

Till later

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