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Sheikh Hamdan’s hologram speech wows WGS audience

Sheikh Hamdan’s unique delivery became a talking point among the thousands of visitors. In a touch of brilliance on Monday, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council delivered a speech via hologram to thousands in attendance at the World Government Summit (WGS). And…

Sheikh Hamdan’s hologram speech wows WGS audience

Sheikh Hamdan’s unique delivery became a talking point among the thousands of visitors.

In a touch of brilliance on Monday, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council delivered a speech via hologram to thousands in attendance at the World Government Summit (WGS). And in doing so, he laid to rest the concerns of many who feel technology could soon take the place of the human being.

“It was a touch of genius. By doing that he proved that there is not an ‘either/or’ solution to embracing technology. What he emphasised is that we need both the digitisation and human element for economies to thrive in the future,” Chris Molomo from Botswana told Khaleej Times.

Following the unexpected 30-minute session with a truly 21st century twist, Sheikh Hamdan’s unique delivery became a talking point among the thousands of visitors who turned out on day two of WGS.

Emirati resident Meshal Binhussain said after attending the session he was “in awe” of what he witnessed.

“Delivering his speech via virtual reality was a powerful message. He proved today that the UAE government wants to reach everyone, regardless of geographical boundaries. It’s like an open invitation to join him in embracing the fourth industrial revolution and it’s a look into what’s to come in the future.”

Also visiting from Botswana was parliament member, Kelebileng Kokoro. Asked about what she thought of the speech, she said it was a “great summation” of what has been a key topic of discussion throughout WGS.

“We have been learning about how technology is shaping the future and there has been a lot of questions about how we can embrace it without displacing us, the human being. So what better way to address these concerns by using tech in this way. He brought the human touch back into it.”

At the beginning of the session, like most, Sulaiman Mohammed was expecting Sheikh Hamdan to grace the stage. But what followed instead exceeded all expectation.

“His Higness Sheikh Hamdan is an ambitious man and what he did here today was solid proof of that. It was unexpected, but it struck a chord with everyone in the sense that it was a taste of what is to come in the future.”

And for Katherine Treeinnick, a South African student studying at the University of Oxford in the UK, the encounter warranted two words: “mind blowing”.

“I didn’t actually realist at first that it was a hologram. Only when it flickered slightly did I, and others around me, catch on. There was great excitement. I just think it shows the level of innovation of Dubai and proves it’s a real leader in the implementation of technology, more so AI.”

kelly@khaleejtimes.com

Kelly Clarke

Originally from the UK, Kelly Clarke joined Khaleej Times in November 2012. She has a keen interest in humanitarian issues and took over as the dedicated Education Reporter in August 2016. In her spare time she loves to travel off the beaten track, and often write about her quirky experiences of pastures new. Kelly received her BA Honours in Journalism from Middlesex University, UK in 2008. Before joining Khaleej Times she worked as a Supervising Editor for three Healthcare titles in London. @KellyAnn_Clarke

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Live: Voting begins in 3rd phase of Indian elections 2019

The voting over seven phases ends May 19, with counting scheduled for May 23. Voting began on Tuesday across 117 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 15 states and Union Territories as the third – and largest – phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off. A total of 116 seats across 14 states were…

Live: Voting begins in 3rd phase of Indian elections 2019

The voting over seven phases ends May 19, with counting scheduled for May 23.

Voting began on Tuesday across 117 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 15 states and Union Territories as the third – and largest – phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off.

A total of 116 seats across 14 states were slated to see voting in the phase including polling in the first of the staggered polling in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency.

The chief of the two main political parties are in fray in the third phase with BJP President Amit Shah making his Lok Sabha election debut from Gandhinagar and Congress President Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad, which he also contesting along with his traditional Amethi seat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will aim to defend the 62 of the 117 third phase seats it won in 2014 and its performance in this phase will be crucial in deciding its political fortunes.

While voting started in all seats in Gujarat (26), Kerala (20) and Goa (2), it also started in the remaining 14 of Karnataka’s 28 seats and 14 out of 48 seats in Maharashtra. Of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 constituencies, voting started in 10 of them while it also began in seven out of 11 constituencies in Chhattisgarh, six out of 21 in Odisha, five each in Bihar (out of 40) and West Bengal (out of 42).
People also came out to vote in four constituencies in Assam (out of 14), and the lone seats in the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
With the third phase, voting will be completed in all seats of Gujarat, Kerala, Goa, Karanataka, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on April 11 and would conclude on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Live updates of the third phase of voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls:

6:14am

 

Gujarat: BJP President and party’s candidate from Gandhinagar Parliamentary constituency Amit Shah, near the polling booth at Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad. PM Narendra Modi will cast his vote at the polling booth, shortly. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/rSn96OTbiJ
– ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019

6:10am

Assam: Polling underway at polling booth number 155 in Lachit Nagar, Guwahati, in the third phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/r4uYCoBXD2
– ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019

6:05am

Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at his mother’s residence in Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly. pic.twitter.com/Ik9cDksSr4
– ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019

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5 ways Emirates Post disappointed Sheikh Mohammed

A report of inefficiencies was presented to the Dubai Ruler based on 5 performance indicators. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was presented a report on Emirates Post’s poor performance by a team of ‘secret customers’ who visited one of the customer…

5 ways Emirates Post disappointed Sheikh Mohammed

A report of inefficiencies was presented to the Dubai Ruler based on 5 performance indicators.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was presented a report on Emirates Post’s poor performance by a team of ‘secret customers’ who visited one of the customer service centres to observe and report inefficiencies based on complaints.

On Monday, the Ruler tweeted the five indicators upon which the centre was assessed:

– Services:

> No proper indications or index linking to the center’s efforts to deal with customer satisfaction.??

> Customers wait for long periods of time to receive a service. ??

> Post offices deliver Emirates ID cards in person and this service accounts for 75 per cent of the total number of customers.

Service Efficiency:

> 80 per cent of Emirates ID are reported to be delivered to Al Karama post office, most customers receiving ID cards at that office are workers who don’t have a PO Box.??

> Lack of services to fit the customer’s needs.

Customer Service:

> Lack of coordinated customer service for customers from different stratas of society.??

> Overcrowding at post office due to the increased amounts of text messages sent to customers for Emirates ID pick up at the same time. ??

> Customers have to visit multiple counters to complete a transaction.

Capacity building:  

> According to a 2018 study conducted on the post center, the study was based only on one service at the center not on all services.    ??

> The post office delivers more than 3,000 ID cards per day which results in overcrowding.??

> The centre has not done an capacity building to handle the large number of customers.

Service Culture:

> There is a need for employees at the center to work on building personal conduct and customer service skills.

Sheikh Mohammed expressed his dissatisfaction with Emirates Post’s performance and publicly reprimanded the organisation on social media, stressing that those responsible for the inefficiency won’t be part of his team.

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The actress tweeted that she was staying near the official residence of the Sri Lankan PM. Noted Indian Tamil actress Radikaa Sarathkumar had a narrow escape when she left one of the three hotels in the Sri Lankan capital just before it was bombed on Sunday. Radikaa tweeted that she was staying at the Cinnamon…

Sri Lanka attacks: Indian actress has narrow escape in Colombo

The actress tweeted that she was staying near the official residence of the Sri Lankan PM.

Noted Indian Tamil actress Radikaa Sarathkumar had a narrow escape when she left one of the three hotels in the Sri Lankan capital just before it was bombed on Sunday.

Radikaa tweeted that she was staying at the Cinnamon Grand, located near the official residence of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister.

“OMG bomb blasts in SL, God be with all. I just left Cinnamon Grand hotel and it has been bombed. Can’t believe this. Shocking,” she tweeted.

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