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Emirati inventors seen off to University of California
BY MATOVU ABDALLAH TWAHA January 03, 2018
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DUBAI: The renowned fourteen-year-old Emirati inventor, Adeeb Al Balushi and his 12-year old sister, Dana, have been bade farewell to “continue with their scientific education” in the University of California, in the United States of America.

Seeing them off, the Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, Maj. Gen. Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri along with senior police officers and the duo’s father, Sulaiman Al Balushi, urged them to “keep in their quest of knowledge, innovation, philosophical thinking and problem-solving” breakthrough.

The commander did not specifically spell out the courses for the duo, acclaimed globally for their inventions since Adeeb was nine when he invented a light-weight prosthetic for his father and also made a tiny cleaning robot to assist his mum in cleaning hard-to-reach places at home.

Adeeb went on to devise a heart-monitor, embedded in the seat belt system that can wirelessly beam health alerts to first responders and a fireproof helmet with a camera system to help see in emergencies and a smart wheelchair for the differently-abled.

To this young man who addressed 3,000 delegates at an ITU conference in Busan, Korea in 2014, invention inclined to solving social and scientific problems was his cup of tea.

LITANY OF HONOURS

Mid last year, Adeeb and  Dana were honoured by the University of Manchester for their scientific achievements in the fields of medical sciences and space sciences.

Dana was recognised for being the youngest Emirati to experience training at the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The two became the first and youngest students to discuss scientific research on full-scale projects at the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, impressing the institute’s management for their considerable research, logic and scientific qualities. Earlier, Adeeb had bagged the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance.

Adeeb has always enjoyed the support of Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In 2014, a world tour was organised to seven of the most technologically advanced countries in the world: the United States of America, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Belgium. The purpose of the tour was to prepare Al Balushi for a future within the field of scientific research and in so doing help raise the profile of Dubai in the field.

Conferences, workshops and meetings with leading innovators within the field were carefully planned, all the time ensuring that Al Balushi’s schooling would not be significantly affected by the tour.
 

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