DUBAI -- The RTEX ‘Robot Technology Exhibition’ was opened
today at The Meydan Hotel, Dubai, by Essa Al Maidoor, Deputy Director-General
of Dubai Municipality and President of the Society of Engineers - UAE.
The RTEX Exhibition is the first event
in the Middle East and North Africa exhibiting the latest innovations in
Robotics and Automation. With over 30 exhibitors including Dubai Customs,
Lockheed Martin, Electrolux, Society of Engineers - UAE and many more, RTEX is
designed to provide a platform for companies to exhibit their products and
present the latest RT advancements.
Alongside the RTEX Exhibition, the
Managing Smart Cities 2015 - Robotic Technology and ICT Conference organized by
the Society of Engineers - UAE also opened at the event with over 200 delegates
from various sectors including governments, ministries, engineering and
architectural offices, consultants, contractors, universities, and other
individuals who want to learn more about the importance of project management
in Smart and Sustainable Cities, innovative robot services and the role of
robotics in sustainable development.
Several global leaders spoke at the
conference, including Mohammed Hassan Taha, Senior Architect Engineer and
Master's Degree holder in Sustainable Urban Planning, Dr. Abdulla Ismail,
Professor of Electrical Engineering in RIT Dubai, Dr. Se-Kyong Song, CEO and
Founder of Future Robot Co. Ltd., Alan Millin, Chartered Engineer, LEED AP,
Certified Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management, and Maged
Farouck Hanna, General Manager of the Society of Engineers - UAE.
Stressing the importance of smart
cities, robotics, automation and innovation, Al Maidoor said, "This event
shows the vital role of engineering in the robotics and automation industry.
Robotics is the branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering,
electronic engineering and computer science that deals with the design,
construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems
for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. These
technologies deal with automated machines that can take the place of humans in
dangerous environments or manufacturing processes, or resemble humans in
appearance, behavior, and/or cognition."
"Many of today's robots are
inspired by nature contributing to the field of bio-inspired robotics. Today,
robotics is a rapidly growing field, as technological advances continue,
researching, designing, and building new robots serve various practical purposes,
whether domestically, commercially, or militarily. Many robots do jobs that are
hazardous for people such as defusing bombs, mines and exploring shipwrecks.
The next generation of robots that will approach human intelligence in their
capabilities will rely on ultrafast image processing developed by
"The RTEX Exhibition and the
Managing Smart Cities Conference are important tools to provide education and
awareness about the significance of robotics and automation in the UAE,
especially since Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His
Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched a strategy to
transform Dubai into a ‘Smart City’ in March last year."
"The Smart City strategic plan is
based on the ideas of Communication, Integration and Cooperation. Smart City
investment strategies are integral to the growth of engineering,
telecommunication, media and technology companies and living standards for
citizens across MENA. This year, Dubai was crowned the MENA Smart City of the
Year. It is an indication that UAE is one of the pioneers of advanced,
cutting-edge technologies in the MENA Region and Dubai government’s latest
initiatives will make its Smart City project one of the best in the
world," Al Maidoor added.
Maged Farouck Hanna said, "Our
country is today ushering in a new era for the improvement and development of
quality of life through robotics and automation. Robotics is engineered to help
our society accomplish their most difficult challenges today and in the future.
This year’s event focuses on increasing awareness within the public and private
sector on the vital role of robotics and automation in developing mechanisms
that will enable and encourage greater participation on its next edition."
"The Society of Engineers - UAE is
supporting various initiatives in smart, robotics and automation. This year,
SOE will launch its Smart Services where membership and its various activities
will be available online. This development will reflect a huge benefit for our
members and the booming business environment where we have seen significant
growth in the number of emerging technology companies and application
developers in Dubai and MENA Region. Regional cooperation and partnerships
between governments, private sectors and civil society will be highlighted at
this milestone event," he concluded.