Emirates wins award for cabin innovation

Emirates unveiled its new business class cabin featuring a new configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with wider seats in a 2-2-2 layout. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 29 September 2018
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Emirates wins award for cabin innovation

Emirates airline has won the Corporate Innovator Middle East 2018 award from Global Finance Magazine. It was recognized with the accolade for its innovation investment in cabin products and modern onboard concepts.

The Innovators Awards are an extension of Global Finance’s Best Digital Bank awards which have run for the past 19 years. The 2018 Innovators Awards recognize companies that encourage and promote a culture of innovation and high standards of excellence.

Nirmal Govindadas, Emirates’ senior vice president, corporate treasury, received the award on behalf of the airline on Tuesday at the Global Finance awards ceremony, which was attended by leading financial institutions, fintechs and other key influencers within the digital and innovation space.

Emirates last November revealed its new Boeing 777-300ER cabins with enhancements across all classes, including the game-changing fully enclosed first class private suites. The airline took inspiration from the automotive industry and worked closely with Mercedes on a number of design details. What resulted were suites that offer up to 40 square feet of private space, as well as myriad lighting and climate control features.

Customers were also introduced to world-firsts like a NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” seating position, “virtual windows” for suites in the middle aisle that use real-time fiber-optic camera technology, and a personal video call service for first class customers. Since the new Emirates Boeing 777-300ERs entered service in December 2017, response has been very positive, and Emirates will continue to introduce this latest product to more markets as it takes delivery of new aircraft.

Emirates also unveiled its new business class cabin featuring a new configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with wider seats in a 2-2-2 layout.  

The airline’s newly revamped A380 OnBoard Lounge also entered service last year, impressing customers with modern finishes, more seating options, mood lighting, and other technological features.


Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Updated 23 June 2019
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Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) has become the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to perform a robotic-assisted hysterectomy using fluorescent dye.

“The precision achieved through the use of robotic-assisted surgery has multiple benefits for patients,” said Dr. Turky Al-Rujaib, JHAH gynecologic oncologist, who along with Dr. Fahad Al-Mulhim, gynecologist, performed the procedure for endometrial cancer. “Women whose hysterectomies are robotic-assisted surgeries have less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays, require fewer narcotics and recover more quickly.”

JHAH’s robotic surgery program began in December 2016 when Dr. Tareq M. Al-Tartir, JHAH sub-specialist surgeon, and his team collaborated with Dr. Mohamad Allaf, professor of urology, oncology and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHSoM) and director of minimally invasive urology, and his team. They jointly conducted the first surgeries in the Kingdom using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The program has since expanded and includes gynecological surgeries and bariatric surgery.

“This successful operation could not have been done without the support of the JHAH robotic team,” said Dr. Al-Mulhim. “We are pleased to report the patient is recovering well. This is a tremendous achievement that going forward will improve the outcomes for many of our patients here at JHAH.”

The robot’s “hands” have a high degree of dexterity, allowing surgeons the ability to operate in very tight spaces, for example the pelvis, that would otherwise only be accessible through open surgery with long incisions. Life after surgery is improved with this technique as there is minimal scarring, fewer postoperative complications and often a faster return to normal activities. 

JHAH is the result of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic health systems. This health care organization is designed to drive and enhance the well-being of the community in an environment of growth and learning, by providing innovative, integrated and patient-centered care to Saudi Aramco’s employees and health care beneficiaries.