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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is launching the first-ever Metaverse hospital. Due in October this year, the organization will provide medical tourism services.
The hospital is the brainchild of Thumbay Group, a UAE-based healthcare company founded in 1998. The international business conglomerate operates in twenty sectors, including medical research, health communications, technology, media, events, and medical tourism.
The hospital will be accessible via such technologies as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and face recognition. Individuals will be able to visit and communicate with doctors using their avatars.
“This will be a complete virtual hospital where people will come with an avatar and consult with the doctor. To cater to medical tourism, we will allow patients to see what the hospital looks like in the Metaverse if they travel and come to Thumbay healthcare facility,” says the founder and president of Thumbay Group, Dr. Thumbay Moideen.
In addition, the technology aims to help long-term care patients that have been bedfast for six months or are paralyzed. The hospital will give these individuals VR and AR headsets to see their homes.
Dr. Moideen explains: “For example, a Sri Lankan person has been with us for a long period of time who was paralyzed after a car accident, and his sensory motions are gone, but only his brain is functioning. He can virtually visit his room in Sri Lanka through AR and VAR technology. This motivates long-term care patients and gives them hope that they can go back to their country.”
The United Arab Emirates is advanced in technology adoption. For instance, in May this year, Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority announced the establishment of its headquarters within The Sandbox Metaverse.
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