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Acer’s new education Chromebooks include durable designs and Arm-based processors

Acer is announcing five new laptops aimed at schools today, consisting of four Chromebooks and one Windows convertible. Two of the Chromebooks are Intel-based convertibles, with screens that spin around to turn them into laptops, while the other two feature a more traditional design and are powered by Arm-based processors. All five laptops are designed to be durable, with spill-resistant keyboards and components tested to MIL-STD 810H military durability standards.

The two convertible Chromebooks are the Acer Spin 512 and Spin 511. They’re powered by Intel processors (specifically the N4500 and N5100). The Spin 511 has a 11.6-inch HD 16:9 display, while the Spin 512 has a 12-inch HD+ 3:2 display. Both come with up to 64GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM, while battery life is rated up to 10 hours.

The Spin 511 starts at $399.99 and will be available in North America from April.
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Both the Spin 512 and Spin 511 have antimicrobial scratch-resistant displays, but the Spin 512 also features a similar antimicrobial coating on its keyboard and touchpad. The Chromebooks will be available in Europe in March and North America in April. The Spin 512 starts at $429.99 (€399), while the Spin 511 is slightly cheaper at $399.99 (€369).

The Chromebook 311 is equipped with a Mediatek MT8183 processor.
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While the Chromebook 511 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor.

Next up are the 11-inch Arm-based Chromebook 511 and Chromebook 311, which also have durable designs. The 511 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor, features 4G LTE connectivity and can go for up to 20 hours on a charge. Meanwhile, the 311 has a Mediatek MT8183 processor and also runs for up to 20 hours on a charge. The 311 launches this month in North America and is priced starting at $299.99, while the 511 is coming in April starting at $399.99. They’ll launch in Europe in March for €269 and €399 respectively.

The TravelMate Spin B3 is an Intel-based convertible that runs Windows.
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Finally, there’s a $329.99 (€409) Windows laptop, the TravelMate Spin B3. It also includes a durable keyboard that can flip around to turn the laptop into a tablet, and is powered by up to an Intel Pentium Silver processor with as much as 12 hours of battery life. The Spin B3 comes with an antimicrobial display as standard, and the option of having a similar coating on its keyboard and touchpad. The laptop will launch in North America in April, and Europe at some point in Q2.

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UAE-based Lulu Group’s Yusuffali nominated for Indian government’s Centre for Migration

M.A. Yusuffali, chairman and managing director of UAE-based Lulu Group International.
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New Delhi: M.A. Yusuffali, chairman and managing director of UAE-based Lulu Group International, has been nominated as an Expert Member of the Governing Council of India Centre for Migration (ICM) by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India. A notification in this regard has been issued by the Ministry, a press release said on Monday.

ICM is a committee that undertakes research and studies on migration of Indian workers for overseas employment and supports informed policy making in MEA.

Among other objectives, ICM is tasked with equipping the India’s human resources in the field of employment to international standards, providing guidance for promoting employment in foreign countries. Apart from highlighting India as a country with a highly qualified and skilled workforce, it also helps prepare welfare schemes for the Indian working community abroad. ICM also partners with individuals, institutions and governments to drive empirical, analytical and policy-related research; enhance capacities and pilot good practises in international migration and its governance.

‘Strategically important nomination’

“I sincerely thank the Indian government under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for considering me for this strategically important nomination,” Yusuffali stated. “I will use my experience of almost five decades in the Middle East, both as an NRI [non-resident Indian] businessman and as an employer of more than 30,000 Indians, to further enrich the diaspora,” he added.

“My efforts will be more towards preparing the new generation as professionally fit globally for today’s fast-evolving business environment, especially considering the challenging times we are going through now,” he said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee, chaired by the secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, also includes the secretaries of the Ministries of Finance, Labour and Small and Medium Enterprises.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Receiving Android 11 Based One UI 3.0: Report


Samsung Galaxy Fold is reportedly receiving Android 11 One UI 3.0 update in some regions. The update comes with firmware version F900FXXU4DUA1 for the LTE variant in France and the UAE, and version F907BXXU4DUA1 for the 5G variant in UK and Switzerland. It brings all the features of Android 11 and One UI 3.0, like chat bubbles, refreshed user interface, conversations section, and more. Samsung has been updating all its recent phones to Android 11 including the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy S10 series.

According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung has started rolling out Android 11 based One UI 3.0 for the Galaxy Fold in France and UAE with version F900FXXU4DUA1. This is for the LTE variant of the foldable phone. On the other hand, Galaxy Fold users in UK and Switzerland are reportedly receiving update version F907BXXU4DUA1 for the 5G variant. The Android 11 based One UI 3.0 update brings chat bubbles, dedicated media playback widget, conversation section in the notifications area, a refreshed UI, and more. It also brings the latest Android security patch.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was launched in India back in February of 2019 with Android 9 Pie. It was updated to Android 10 in March last year. As of now, it is unclear when the update will reach users in India.

Most recently, Samsung reportedly updated the Galaxy S10 series to One UI 3.0 based on Android 11 Late last month, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was said to have received Android 11-Based One UI 3.0. At the same time, the company also updated the Galaxy Note 10 series. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G received Android 11 based One UI 3.0 late last month as well and now, the company has released another update to improve touchscreen stability.


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Nokia Partners With Google to Build Cloud-Based 5G Network


Nokia on Thursday partnered with Alphabet’s Google Cloud unit to build 5G core network infrastructure and allow business customers to offer services such as smart retail and automated manufacturing.

Cloud computing units of big technology companies such as Microsoft and Amazon are also tying up with telecoms vendors ahead of deployment of 5G infrastructure to corner a share in new businesses the new technology might enable.

While Nokia will bring its 5G expertise, Google Cloud will serve as the platform for launching applications and assist customers in building an ecosystem of services.

“We will start to see some of these things to get in the live environment by end of this year,” Amol Phadke, Managing Director at Google Cloud told Reuters.

He added that the timeline for the availability of the services would depend on telecom operators.

In October last year, Nokia chief executive Pekka Lundmark overhauled the Finnish company’s 5G strategy. Announcing a new strategy under which the company will have four business groups, Lundmark said Nokia would “do whatever it takes” to take the lead in 5G where it lags Swedish rival Ericsson and Chinese group Huawei.

“We expect to stabilise our financial performance in 2021 and deliver progressive improvement towards our long-term goal after that,” Lundmark said in a statement.

The company also cut its 2020 operating margin forecast to 9 percent from 9.5 percent and for 2021 expects operating margin of 7-10 percent.

JP Morgan analysts said higher research and development spending was likely to drive the margins lower than the consensus expectations of 10.9 percent for 2021. “Nokia is likely to find raising operating margins challenging due to its relatively low market share, Liberum analysts said in a note.

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Dubai-based youngster likened to Mo Salah determined to take his own path to the top

Young Syrian Mulham Hmidan is targeting the top
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Dubai: A young 16-year-old compared to a superstar and tipped for the top … we have heard it all before. But young Mulham Hmidan has a different tale and vision.

Currently balancing time between studies and training at the La Liga High Performance Academy (HPC) in the UAE, the Syrian has the credentials, ambition and skills to make it to the top, all the while keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground.

Mulham is only 16 and has already been touted as the ‘next Mo Salah’, and the young striker is determined to utilise the facilities at his disposal in Dubai in the UAE to reach the very top of the game and make a name for himself.

Very knowledgeable and down-to-earth, Mulham is coy when it comes to comparisons to the Liverpool star, Champions League winner and Premier League top scorer.

Mulham is a dedicated youngster
The cool head and dedication are Mulham’s key factors on and off the pitch

“He is a hero of mine, that’s for sure, but each player is their own and I will make my own path rather than be compared to a big name,” he tells Gulf News in a chat. “Many boys have been compared to top stars and never made it — be it through ego, injury or wrong career choices. I prefer to keep my head down and concentrate on my own game and vision.”

The Syrian is also aware of the hardships back in his home country and is grateful that he managed to avoid the harsh realities of war as his parents took him to the UAE as a child, but he says Syria will always be in his heart first and foremost.

“I am a proud Syrian,” he says. “I would not consider another country, despite the potential to represent other nations. Syria is my home. What has happened there is sad and I want to contribute what I can by serving for the national team and bringing them some happiness.”

To an outsider, it is easy to see why he is being likened to superstars such as Salah, given his amazing form in front of goal.

He banged in 23 goals in 16 games during the La Liga HPC League before the coronavirus-enforced shutdown in 2020, and has also shone during scouting camps in Spain as part of his La Liga HPC training, and he already has a management team at Active Sports Management in the UK.

A clinical goalscorer, Mulham is ready to make his own mark
A clinical goalscorer, Mulham is ready to make his own mark
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Mulham is only too appreciative of the benefits he gained at HPC and is keen to explore his options at the top leagues in Europe should they arise.

“La Liga HPC has given me a real foot in the door and I know I will be given opportunities in Spain thanks to them. It is a real step on the ladder. But I will not limit my choices to Spain, but rather look across Europe as decide what is best for me. England is — to me — the top league in the world and it would be great to play there,” he says, before adding with a laugh: “If I can cope with the cold weather.”

Mulham did not let the lockdown last year break his stride, illustrating a determination where many others his age may have given up.

“It was weird last year,” he says. “A lot of our studies and training was done online due to COVID-19 and distancing, but I just got on with it like any other challenge and hopefully now we can continue towards our goal.”

He also admitted he would be happy to begin his senior career in the UAE, should one of the Arabian Gulf League side’s give him the opportunity to show his skills to the bigger world. “There are some great teams right here, and we have seen brilliant players like Asamoah Gyan and Cannavaro play here,” he says. “I would love to kick on from playing in the AGL and use it as a stepping stone to Europe.”

With such a smart head on young shoulders, it seems the would could soon, literally, be at his feet.

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Kim Kardashian reveals she is on a plant-based diet, working out amid ‘impending divorce’

Keeping up with Kim! Kardashian reveals she is on a plant-based diet, working out twice a day and attending Bible study amid ‘impending divorce’ from husband Kanye West

Kim Kardashian is focused on self-care amid bombshell reports she is on the verge of divorcing husband Kanye West.

Amid a week swirling with speculation on the state of her six-year marriage, the reality star is hunkering down at home, transforming her diet and working out twice a day.

The 40-year-old mother-of-four has given fans a sneak peek on Instagram of what she’s been up to, including revealing that she’s now on a plant-based diet.

Working on herself: Amid a rumored divorce on the horizon, Kim Kardashian is focusing on self care at home

The curvy star shared a photo of her fridge full of Beyond Meat produce.

‘Someone heard I went plant based’ Kim captioned the snap and tagged @beyondmeat.

It also looks like Kim is getting in shape after perhaps overindulging over the holidays.

With one image she shared on Thursday. Kim revealed her first workout featured Pilates apparatus. 

The 40-year-old mother-of-four has given fans a sneak peek on Instagram of what she's been up to, including revealing that she's now on a plant-based diet

The 40-year-old mother-of-four has given fans a sneak peek on Instagram of what she’s been up to, including revealing that she’s now on a plant-based diet

Pilates time: It also looks like Kim is getting in shape after perhaps overindulging over the holidays

She worked out with kettlebells in another session with sister Khloe

Work it: It also looks like Kim is getting in shape after perhaps overindulging over the holidays

Her second gym session, this time with sister Khloe, 36, she worked out with kettleballs. 

‘Workout #2 @khloekardashian’ Kim captioned a photo of her standing next to her younger sister.  

As well as working on overhauling her lifestyle, Kim is also keeping in touch with her spiritual side, as she joined sister Kourtney, 41, for bible study on Thursday night.

The KUWTK star shared a snap of the siblings in matching SKIMS sweaters. 

‘When @kourtneykardash and I show up matching in our @skims to bible study’ the E! star captioned the photo.

As well as working on overhauling her lifestyle, Kim is also keeping in touch with her spiritual side, as she joined sister Kourtney, 41, for bible study on Thursday night

As well as working on overhauling her lifestyle, Kim is also keeping in touch with her spiritual side, as she joined sister Kourtney, 41, for bible study on Thursday night

Winter nights: Another snap Kim shared showed a fireplace in her $60M Hidden Hills mansion

Winter nights: Another snap Kim shared showed a fireplace in her $60M Hidden Hills mansion

Kim’s posts come amid multiple reports that a divorce is ‘imminent’ from husband Kanye, following a rocky year which saw the couple pictured in tearful ‘crisis talks’ after the rapper’s series of explosive Twitter posts and a doomed presidential campaign, while in the grips of a bipolar episode.

There are reports she has been in marriage counselling with Kanye, 43, and ‘divorce it on the table’.

The couple – who share North, seven, Saint, five, Chicago, two, and Psalm, 19 months, together – are reportedly ‘trying to work through things’.

Can’t stop won’t stop: On Friday Kim dropped her new range of bodysuits with SKIMS

Always working! The TV star modeled the pieces herself as she promoted the new range on Friday

A source told E! News of their counselling sessions: ‘Divorce has been discussed, but Kim wants more than anything for their relationship to work. There wasn’t anything specific that happened that led them to this point … They are 100 percent aligned when it comes to the kids.’ 

At Christmas, Kim was pictured without her $1.3 million engagement ring, two weeks before reports surfaced that her marriage was pretty much over. 

Sources have claimed Kim has high-profile lawyer Laura Wasser on retainer to manage settlement talks. 

A source told Page Six on Tuesday that the couple are ‘done’ and are currently in talks about dividing up their fortune after leading separate lives over the past year, with Kanye spending most of his time at his $14 million ranch in Wyoming.

Is it over? Kim's posts come amid multiple reports that a divorce is 'imminent' from husband Kanye, following a rocky year

Is it over? Kim’s posts come amid multiple reports that a divorce is ‘imminent’ from husband Kanye, following a rocky year

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Watch: Why Dubai-based British siblings’ bakes, burgers are a runaway hit at the Ripe Market amid COVID-19

Shoayb Ajmal serving a customer at The Burger Joint at the Ripe Market in the Dubai Police Academy Park in Dubai.
Image Credit: Gulf News

Dubai: Strategically located in the middle of the pop-up Ripe Market inside Dubai Police Academy Park is a sister-and-brother food business that has flourished amid the pandemic.

It’s actually two food trucks combined into one. The elder sibling Faizah Ajmal, 29, an entrepreneur and full-time mum, has set up The Sweetie Shop; while Shoayb Ajmal, 26, who has a regular job as a relationship manager, has established a burger joint called The Burger Stop.

Ripe
Faizah Ajmal and Shoayb Ajmal with two others at the Ripe Market
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Together, the British siblings offer feel-good, family-friendly dining options. The Sweetie Shop provides a range of freshly-baked massive stuffed cookies, cookie dough slabs and other selection of childhood sweets mainly shipped in from the UK. The Burger Stop, meanwhile, serves handmade smashed burgers, hotdogs, chicken fillet burgers, crinkle fries and their own recipe of sausage bun and shakes.

There’s something exciting about their beginning and how they made their business tick. They shared their story with Gulf News as first-time entrepreneurs who launched new food ventures in the time of COVID-19. With strong family support, their business flourished and they opted to inspire others and offer a new feel to the Dubai fast food scene.

Started on social media

It was at the height of the pandemic, while quarantined at home, that Faizah came up with the concept of launching an online store selling various colourful and freshly-baked cookies as well as a selection of pick and mix sweets that evoke childhood nostalgia.

The Instagram page soon became a hit and within months she found herself delivering across Dubai and neighbouring emirates. She developed a good following and she decided to do something bigger and better. Meanwhile, Shoayb was also developing a dream to launch a burger concept in Dubai. Unlike most of the existing burger joints, Shoayb said he “wanted to bring a classic feel to the burger scene – no fuss, just great taste and all washed down with a range of creamy milkshakes and sides.”

Brick and mortar shop

In September last year, the duo heard about the Ripe Market at Dubai Police Academy Park. With support from their parents, they launched a successful bid to secure a key unit in the Ripe Market food street. They acquired a 40ft shipping container and they designed its interior and exterior for their brands, reflecting images of fun and happiness.

Their concept was to run the two brands next to each other but with individual styles – one used black as dominant colour while the other was painted pink. The Sweetie Shop took care of the sweet cravings while The Burger Stop supplied the need for protein.

Strong family support

Faizah and Shoayb claimed their brands have proven to be a runaway success. “We have both quickly established ourselves as the talking point of the market not only because of our concepts but mainly due to our strong family support,” the siblings said.

They added: “In the background, our mother creates new cookie recipes and prepares the specialist dough. Every Friday and Saturday, we are all working at the outlet. Our father also prepares the food, serve, banter and have fun with the customers. Many people admire our energy and personalities which have become an inspiration to others.”

Ripe
Ripe Market customers enjoying a meal from the Sweetie Shop and Burger Joint
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The siblings also thanked the Ripe Market for providing aspiring entrepreneurs like them an opportunity to launch their brands. The pop-up market, which is open every Friday (9am-7pm) and Saturday (10am-7pm) is home to local businesses loved by the community.

Another store in the pipeline

Faizah and Shoayb said their success can be attributed to hard work, creativity and a desire to provide quality food. They said their story “is not one of just another new business but one that has flourished during challenging times.”

They added: “There’s always an opportunity and we want to encourage other people to create businesses and become successful. This year, we are planning to expand our concept with a new store in Dubai, an outlet that will bring a fresh new feel to the Dubai fast food scene.”

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Watch: Dubai-based British siblings’ bakes, burgers are a runaway hit at the Ripe Market amid COVID-19

Shoayb Ajmal serving a customer at The Burger Joint at the Ripe Market in the Dubai Police Academy Park in Dubai.
Image Credit: Angel TesoreroGulf News

Dubai: Strategically located in the middle of the pop-up Ripe Market inside Dubai Police Academy Park is a sister-and-brother food business that has flourished amid the pandemic.

It’s actually two food trucks combined into one. The elder sibling Faizah Ajmal, 29, an entrepreneur and full-time mum, has set up The Sweetie Shop; while Shoayb Ajmal, 26, who has a regular job as a relationship manager, has established a burger joint called The Burger Stop.

Ripe
Chef Marco, Faizah Ajmal, Samiran Ajmal and her husband Shoayb Ajmal at the Ripe Market
Image Credit: Angel Tesorero/Gulf News

Together, the British siblings offer feel-good, family-friendly dining options. The Sweetie Shop provides a range of freshly-baked massive stuffed cookies, cookie dough slabs and other selection of childhood sweets mainly shipped in from the UK. The Burger Stop, meanwhile, serves handmade smashed burgers, hotdogs, chicken fillet burgers, crinkle Angel Tesoreros and their own recipe of sausage bun and shakes.

There’s something exciting about their beginning and how they made their business tick. They shared their story with Gulf News as first-time entrepreneurs who launched new food ventures in the time of COVID-19. With strong family support, their business flourished and they opted to inspire others and offer a new feel to the Dubai fast food scene.

Started on social media

It was at the height of the pandemic, while quarantined at home, that Faizah came up with the concept of launching an online store selling various colourful and freshly-baked cookies as well as a selection of pick and mix sweets that evoke childhood nostalgia.

The Instagram page soon became a hit and within months she found herself delivering across Dubai and neighbouring emirates. She developed a good following and she decided to do something bigger and better. Meanwhile, Shoayb was also developing a dream to launch a burger concept in Dubai. Unlike most of the existing burger joints, Shoayb said he “wanted to bring a classic feel to the burger scene – no fuss, just great taste and all washed down with a range of creamy milkshakes and sides.”

Brick and mortar shop

In September last year, the duo heard about the Ripe Market at Dubai Police Academy Park. With support from their parents, they launched a successful bid to secure a key unit in the Ripe Market food street. They acquired a 40ft shipping container and they designed its interior and exterior for their brands, reflecting images of fun and happiness.

Their concept was to run the two brands next to each other but with individual styles – one used black as dominant colour while the other was painted pink. The Sweetie Shop took care of the sweet cravings while The Burger Stop supplied the need for protein.

Strong family support

Faizah and Shoayb claimed their brands have proven to be a runaway success. “We have both quickly established ourselves as the talking point of the market not only because of our concepts but mainly due to our strong family support,” the siblings said.

They added: “In the background, our mother creates new cookie recipes and prepares the specialist dough. Every Friday and Saturday, we are all working at the outlet. Our father also prepares the food, serve, banter and have fun with the customers. Many people admire our energy and personalities which have become an inspiration to others.”

Ripe
Ripe Market customers enjoying a meal from the Sweetie Shop and Burger Joint
Image Credit: Angel Tesorero/Gulf News

The siblings also thanked the Ripe Market for providing aspiring entrepreneurs like them an opportunity to launch their brands. The pop-up market, which is open every Friday (9am-7pm) and Saturday (10am-7pm) is home to local businesses loved by the community.

Another store in the pipeline

Faizah and Shoayb said their success can be attributed to hard work, creativity and a desire to provide quality food. They said their story “is not one of just another new business but one that has flourished during challenging times.”

They added: “There’s always an opportunity and we want to encourage other people to create businesses and become successful. This year, we are planning to expand our concept with a new store in Dubai, an outlet that will bring a fresh new feel to the Dubai fast food scene.”

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App-based banking service Simple is shutting down

Online-only bank Simple is shutting down, its parent company announced in an email to customers Thursday. BBVA USA, which acquired Simple in 2014 for $117 million, said it would be transitioning Simple customers to BBVA accounts but did not provide details about when the change would occur. BBVA USA was acquired by Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank in November.

In the email to users, which many shared with The Verge, BBVA said the decision to close Simple was a strategic one and said customers did not need to take any immediate action.

There is no immediate impact to your accounts at Simple and nothing you need to do at this time. Since your deposits are already housed at BBVA USA, they will remain in FDIC insured accounts there, up to the applicable limits. In the future, your Simple account will become exclusively services by BBVA USA, but until then you can continue to access your account and your money through the Simple app or online at Simple.com.

Stimulus payments and other direct deposits won’t be affected, according to the note to customers. “We will provide ongoing transparent and open communication, so you know what to expect each step of the way,” the company wrote. More details will be coming in the future, according to the emails.

At the time of the BBVA acquisition, Simple had about 100,000 users. When it launched in 2010, Simple quickly amassed a waiting list of 125,000 people attracted to the online-only, streamlined experience Simple promised. When Google Wallet shut down in 2016, Google recommended Simple as a possible replacement.

BBVA said in a statement Thursday that it was closing Simple as part of the PNC acquisition, as it was “accelerating some changes and stopping work on others.” Once that acquisition closes, the former Simple customers will become PNC customers, the company said.

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UAE

First volunteers in Abu Dhabi take the Russian human adenovirus-based vaccine in UAE trials

The vaccine is being tested on healthy adults from multiple nationalities aged 18 years and older who are living in Abu Dhabi. Picture for illustrative purposes only.
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Abu Dhabi: Under the supervision of the Department of Health — Abu Dhabi (DoH), the first volunteers are taking part in the Phase III clinical trials of the Russian adenovirus-based vaccine.

Initially open to 500 volunteers, the trials are being conducted by DoH, with joint supervision by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), with medical protocols handled by Abu Dhabi’s public health provider, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, Seha.

The vaccine is being tested on healthy adults from multiple nationalities aged 18 years and older who are living in Abu Dhabi, have not previously been infected with Covid-19, have not participated in any other COVID-19 vaccination trial, and have not suffered any communicable or severe respiratory diseases for at least 14 days. Volunteers will receive two doses of the vaccine, administered 20 days apart, and will be monitored through regular visits and tele-consultations for 180 days after taking the vaccine, in line with the highest international standards.

Trials are being processed at Tawam Hospital in Al Ain under the clinical supervision of a Consultant Physician for Infectious Diseases, Dr Ahmed Al Hammadi.

Vaccine for Victory

The programme is being conducted under the Vaccine for Victory campaign. Residents can register at www.v4v.ae. Registered individuals will then be contacted to arrange an eligibility screening before beginning the trials.

Results from the first two phases of the trial, published in medical journal The Lancet, showed a stable humoral and cellular immune response had been achieved among volunteers, with no serious adverse events recorded. The Phase III clinical trials taking place in the UAE form part of the trials that are taking place in Russia and elsewhere globally.

The vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.