2018 is already proving to be the year for the Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies, with the world’s biggest online VRAR event already underway. Starting Tuesday, January 16, the VR/AR Online Conference will continue for entire two weeks coming to an end on Tuesday, Jan 30. An international organization with a mission to foster collaboration between innovative companies and people in the virtual reality and augmented reality ecosystem, the VR/AR Association (VRARA) helps growth and development opportunities for the technology industry, servicing recommendations for industry standards as well as connecting member organizations and promoting the services of member companies.

The association touches upon many committees such as aerospace, architecture, education, enterprise, healthcare, marketing, training, real estate and retail, to name some of them. With the objective to accelerate smart growth at a global scale for the VRAR industry, the association conducts Chapters in major cities around the world to help the local industries connect with global opportunities.

As this global technological transformation takes Middle East by storm, Dubai has been in the midst of all the action and happenings. A visionary leader with a visible enthusiasm for innovation in education and training, the UAE Vice President and the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has left no stone unturned in chalking the path for technology revolution in the Middle East. Dictated by the UAE Vision 2021 for pursuing a knowledge-based, sustainable economy, the government has taken all the necessary steps and initiatives ensuring that the youth and young entrepreneurs in the Middle East have all the right opportunities to access and take advantage from the latest trends in technology. HH Sheikh bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision is apparent with his decision to appoint the world’s first ever Minister of Artificial Intelligence, His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama. The appointment of the 27 year old minister is not only a testament to Sheikh Al Maktoum’s faith in the youth but also a message to the world that Middle East will not lag behind in the race of innovation and acquiring modern knowledge and technology.

Speaking to the UAE Cabinet in November, Omar bin Sultan al Olama expressed his views about the future potential of AI, “Artificial Intelligence can help solve some of the world’s problems.” (link)

Representing Middle East in the VR/AR Conference, the region’s leading AR/VR/Ai Strategist, Dr. Sana Farid was one of the speakers for VRAR in Training. A distinguished entrepreneur and ambassador to women empowerment programs, Dr. Sana is predominantly involved in supporting government and non-government initiatives in education, corporate training, consultancy and technological infrastructure. Having quickly risen to international fame and recognition in the VR/AR community, Dr. Sana is a technology enthusiast and the Co-Founder & CEO of Bahrain-based innovation company, Munfarid Consulting. Expressing her views about the VR/AR conference, Dr. Sana said, “The VR/AR Online Conference brings the global Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality communities closer together enabling a robust and fruitful interaction between like-minded entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts and a chance to learn and acquire knowledge from each other. It is a moment of great pride for me to have the opportunity to represent MENA region in the conference.”

The conference is indeed an ideal platform form VRAR devotees everywhere as it affords them the opportunity to connect with brilliant entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers, designers, marketers, manufacturers and retailers from all over the world. A perfect chance to network with businesses and leading solution providers, and learn about the commercial applications of VR and AR across a host of industries such as aviation, architecture, healthcare, real estate, oil and gas, and many more.

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