Emirates Group places innovation at the heart of its headquarters

The Emirates Group is poised to position itself as an entity that places innovation at its core at the new Innovation Majlis unveiled by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group with other senior leaders at its Dubai headquarters.

Aimed at providing a platform to foster deeper research and development, and greater exchange of cutting-edge ideas, the Innovation Majlis is intended to showcase the latest in robotics, hyper-reality, holograms, 3D printers and other advanced technologies. The Innovation majlis will serve as the social space to co-create proof-of-concepts that will benefit customers, communities and the aviation industry at large. Partnerships with industry leaders and universities, sustainable initiatives, and exploring alternate energies have been highlighted as some of the other key drivers for the majlis.

HH Sheikh Ahmed highlighted that “the Emirates Group has always been a trailblazer in the aviation industry, and innovation is fundamental to our core values, our culture and our mindset. The Innovation Majlis, with its latest tools and tech, is designed to empower our employees to explore new horizons, discover innovative solutions, and drive the future of the aviation industry. It will bring our partners, top tech companies and entities together in one space to address key challenges affecting our industry today.”

In its initial phase, the Innovation Majlis will comprise of Autonomous mobile manipulator developed by Dubai Future Labs for order deliveries as well as picking and placing objects from shelves, bins and table-tops, an AI-enabled wearable glasses for AR experiences that will transform the way we perceive and interact with other people, products or services, Haptic gloves for natural XR interactions that will enable touch interaction in virtual reality to feel the weight, vibrations and resistance of virtual objects, a 3D holographic display with generative AI aimed at elevating the experience of interacting with digital signage by providing advanced conversational capability through natural language processing, Automatic wireless charging, a new age of charging technologies autonomously charging devices from a from a distance using infrared technology, a number of 3D printing solutions aimed at exploring the next generation printers that can handle a greater range of materials to provide an additive manufacturing capability for new areas, Optimized videoconferencing, an all-in-one device providing advanced sensor and environment optimization technology for video communications, and lastly, a next generation water filtration system that employs reverse osmosis and carbon filtration purification system that turns any tap water into mineralized water.

The Emirates Group having a long history of spearheading innovation in the industry. The Innovation Majlis aims to trailblaze with the launch of the groundbreaking Sara, the world’s first ever check in robot assistant, and hosting the first edition of ForsaTEK, an annual event that brings together start-up programmes, high-profile tech and industry partners, and key players in the ecosystem.

The Emirates Group and Dubai Future Foundation have signed a significant partnership to launch the Emirates Centre of Excellence for Aviation Robotics (ECEAR). Emirates has dedicated US$200 million to finance research and development initiatives aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of fossil fuels in commercial aviation.

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