Ahmed El Sherif

Cigna Insurance Middle East, CIME, SmartCare, health insurance
By  Ahmed El Sherif 02:07 pm June 4, 2021
A global health service company is attempting to make medical insurance more affordable and accessible in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the launch of a smart product. SmartCare by Cigna is a new region-specific offering by Cigna Insurance Middle East (CIME), and is aimed at “SMEs, corporates and government organisations” within the country. The company explained that SmartCare “brings to...
COVID-19, Emirates Airline, Dubai Health Authority, digital vaccine passports
By  Ahmed El Sherif 02:53 am April 28, 2021
The largest airline in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is now in the process of implementing paperless document verification relating to COVID-19 PCR testing and vaccination. This week, Emirates announced it is working with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to allow for digital verification of travellers’ data, resulting in a more secure and efficient procedure. Rather than producing a paper copy...
COVID 19, vaccine
By  Ahmed El Sherif 12:18 pm April 1, 2021
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the first country in the Arab world to begin manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine with a full production schedule underway. Hayat-Vax, a joint collaboration between Sinopharm CNBG and Abu Dhabi’s G42, was announced earlier this week during the launch of a new purpose-built research and development hub for life sciences, biotechnology and vaccine production in...
Rizek, COVID-19 vaccine
By  Ahmed El Sherif 07:04 am March 31, 2021
An Abu Dhabi-based startup is claiming it has become the “first app in the world” to offer bookings for at-home COVID-19 vaccinations. Rizek, which specialises in on-demand personal and home services – such as DIY, tutoring, and beauty and wellness – has added a feature that enables anyone, subject to their location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to book a private COVID-19 vaccine to be...
dubai health authority
By  Ahmed El Sherif 06:20 am March 2, 2021
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has revealed plans to “enhance” its use of smart health technology, exploring remote-patient monitoring in the first instance. To coincide with the occasion of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Innovates 2021, the authority said that it is currently collaborating with Enpy, a Dubai-based startup that specialises in medical artificial Intelligence (AI), to consider the...
COVID-19, artificial intelligence, Laipac Technology, YAS Pharmaceuticals, Pure Health, IOMT
By  Ahmed El Sherif 08:42 am February 23, 2021
Two UAE-based health companies have partnered with Canada’s Laipac Technology to launch the “world’s first” artificial intelligence (AI)-powered rapid COVID-19 antigen test. YAS Pharmaceuticals and Pure Health will be working with the Ontario-based Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) specialist to provide an “intelligent and innovative way to deploy technologies to better protect the health of...
Emirates, TrustOne, Covid
By  Ahmed El Sherif 08:26 am February 5, 2021
As Dubai tightens restrictions ​following a surge in cases of COVID-19​, its largest airline and flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates is introducing new measures to facilitate international travel. Earlier this week, Emirates ​announced it has partnered​ with ​GE Digital Aviation Software​ and ​TE FOOD​ to trial ​TrustOne​, a smartphone app that automates medical screenings of a company’s...
COVID-19, Abu Dhabi, saliva test
By  Ahmed El Sherif 11:31 am January 26, 2021
Abu Dhabi has approved three new COVID-19 tests for use in hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centres in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital. This latest introduction comes as new cases of the coronavirus surge in the country. Announced by the Department of Health (DoH), Abu Dhabi via the Abu Dhabi Media Office, the new antigen, reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal...
 home-monitoring devices, mobile technology
By  Ahmed El Sherif 01:47 am October 17, 2020
A new study exploring the effectiveness of virtual health follow-ups using home-monitoring devices and mobile technology is currently being conducted by the Dubai Diabetes Centre (DDC) with the support of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in the United Arab Emirates. Running until the end of December, the study is being carried out in collaboration with Cognitive Healthcare International (CHI), a...
By  Ahmed El Sherif 11:08 am September 30, 2020
A non-healthtech startup has become the first of its kind to offer on-demand polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi-based, Rizek, which specialises in booking personal and home services – such as DIY, tutoring, and beauty and wellness – has now added coronavirus testing to its roster of services. While on-demand, at-home PCR testing has...