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Credit: Government of Dubai

Credit: Government of Dubai

Dubai to introduce Human Genome Map for Dubai residents under the Dubai 10X initiative

Last week, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) proposed its Genome project for the Dubai 10X Initiative in an effort to upgrade skills and knowledge among medical professionals and forecast the future of human health.

According to the press statement by the Government Dubai,  the Genome project, an ambitious venture overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), aims to modernise healthcare services, deepen knowledge and boost future-readiness of the healthcare sector

The Human Genome Project “Genome” seeks to upgrade skills among medical professionals and forecast the future of human health. Under the Genome project, the genome laboratories will establish the first national genetic database for future research, lending support to decision-makers as they set plans and strategies for the future of the healthcare sector.

Using gene scanning to detect changes in the genes, chromosomes, and proteins that can lead to genetic diseases, the project allows researchers to prevent and eradicate chronic diseases and cancer, ultimately reduce the financial burden for chronic diseases treatments.

The 24-month Genome project involves collection of samples, DNA sequences analysis, and recording of results in the data bank. The first phase of implementation will target all residents of Dubai, focusing on UAE nationals. The following phase involves automated learning and artificial intelligence to issue reports that support research, forecast future disorders and epidemics, and plan preventive measures.

“Forming genome laboratories in Dubai signals a new phase, where our forecasts for the future of the health and medical services sector begin to materialise,” said DHA’s Chairman of the Board and Director General His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami.

Overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), the Dubai 10X Initiative seeks to place Dubai Government entities 10 years ahead of the rest of the world in all sectors, propelling the emirate into the future by implementing today what other cities around the world will be implementing 10 years from now.

“This, in turn, ensures Dubai’s global competitiveness and strengthens the knowledge economy,” H.E. Al Qatami added.

To implement the Genome project, DHA is mandating a number of its affiliate organizations to collaborate on the project implementation, they include: as the Department of Pathology & Genetics and the Dubai Cord Blood and Research Center (DCRC).

Furthermore, a committee of genetics experts, drew from prominent international studies and experiments, was formed to outline potential challenges and solutions to overcome them, all in an effort to ensure the seamless implementation of the project per its approved timeline.

The Genome plan was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and Chairman of DFF’s Board of Trustees, among a bundle of avant-garde proposals for Dubai 10X at the 6th World Government Summit held in Dubai in February 2018.

The Dubai 10X initiative seeks to place Dubai and its Government entities 10 years ahead of the rest of the world in all sectors, propelling the emirate into the future by implementing today what other cities around the world will be implementing 10 years from now.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan adopted 26 projects presented by 24 government departments. The shortlisted projects were evaluated by a panel of experts out of a total of more than 160 ideas submitted by 36 parties in less than a year.

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