Dubai, the ultimate choice for a dream family vacation

Updated 18 February 2018
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Dubai, the ultimate choice for a dream family vacation

Dubai is the ultimate destination for Saudis on the lookout for a memorable family extravaganza packed with a wide array of exciting lifestyle activities, attractions and child-friendly entertainment experiences.
Dubai has carved a reputation for itself as one of the world’s top tourist destinations owing to its beautiful beaches, architectural marvels such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab and Dubai Frame, as well as entertainment and lifestyle activities that appeal to visitors of all ages and nationalities.
Child-friendly attractions such as Dubai Safari and IMG Worlds of Adventure make the emirate the perfect venue for spending time with family. The newly opened Dubai Safari is a world-class wildlife park, home to over 2,500 animals representing 250 species.
The park appeals to kids as well as adults with its interactive edutainment activities and immersive wildlife experiences.
Families looking for an adrenaline rush can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as watersports, camping, cycling, skydiving, shark diving, hot air balloon rides, zip-lining and much more at top venues including XLine Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai, Dubai Dolphinarium, Al-Qudra Lakes, Wild Wadi Waterpark and Aquaventure Waterpark.
One of the world’s foremost culinary capitals, the emirate is home to exquisite dining concepts created by the many Michelin-starred chefs that have set up restaurants in Dubai, including Marina Social, Indego by Vineet, Junoon, and Stay by Yannick Alléno, as well as a host of local eateries, casual cafés, and traditional and modern restaurants.
The Dubai Food Festival is an annual citywide food celebration showcasing the diversity and creativity of the city’s culinary offerings, including gourmet and avant-garde dining concepts, local delights and hidden gems. The festival begins on Feb. 22 and runs until March 10.
Tourists can look forward to visiting Global Village, one of the city’s most iconic entertainment and cultural attractions, featuring hundreds of shops, restaurants and cafés, and representing 75 different cultures through its 27 pavilions. Now in its 22nd edition, the attraction includes more than 12,000 cultural and entertainment shows that are housed within the 1.6-million-square-meter park.
Another attraction that should be part of every Dubai itinerary is Dubai Festival City, one of the UAE’s most exciting retail, dining and leisure destinations.
Saudi film buffs can also look forward to attending the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2018 to explore diverse films from all over the world.


New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

Updated 25 September 2018
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New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

MIT and Community Jameel, the social enterprise organization founded and chaired by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ‘78, launched the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic) on Tuesday. This is the fourth major collaborative effort between MIT and Community Jameel.
J-Clinic, a key part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, will focus on developing machine learning technologies to revolutionize the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. It will concentrate on creating and commercializing high-precision, affordable, and scalable machine learning technologies in areas of health care ranging from diagnostics to pharmaceuticals, with three main areas of focus:
l Preventative medicine methods and technologies with the potential to change the course of non-infectious disease by stopping it in its tracks.
l Cost-effective diagnostic tests that may be able to both detect and alleviate health problems.
l Drug discovery and development to enable faster and cheaper discovery, development, and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, particularly those targeted for individually customized therapies.
J-Clinic’s holistic approach will utilize MIT’s expertise in cellular and medical biology, computer science, engineering, and the social sciences, among other areas.
“The health care system has no shortage of data,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “But it has far too little access to the kinds of tools and experts who can translate population-level data into clinical insights that could make it possible to tune care precisely for individuals. Building on MIT’s deep expertise in fields from cancer to neuroscience, and our longstanding connections to Boston’s world-class medical community, J-Clinic offers an accelerated path to creating new technologies that could help make health care more effective everywhere — from villages in developing nations to major teaching hospitals.”
“The J-Clinic will positively impact the world by accelerating the creation of machine learning technologies and algorithms that will make preventing, detecting, and treating disease more precise, affordable, and personalized,” said Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering, and Vannevar Bush, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who will serve as J-Clinic’s chair. “It will be a truly multifaceted effort that amplifies synergies between the life sciences and the latest research in human and machine intelligence. J-Clinic will inspire innovation for the betterment of humanity.”
“Channeling MIT’s machine learning expertise into health care will transform medical outcomes for people around the world,” said Fady Jameel, president of Community Jameel International. “Health care has been an important sphere of activity for Community Jameel since our earliest days, from founding the first nonprofit hospital for physical rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia, to partnering with the King Salman Center for Disability Research. J-Clinic continues our journey of supporting cutting-edge research and driving innovation in health care, in Saudi Arabia and around the whole world.”