UAE – The Emirates Genome Council has launched the National Genome Strategy following the national awareness campaign on the Emirati Genome Programme in the Emirate of Dubai.

According to the Council officials, the Emirati Genome Programme is a foundational project within the National Genome Strategy.

The 10-yr strategy will provide a comprehensive framework of legislation and governance to support the development and implementation of genomic programmes in the United Arab Emirates.

It sets the stage for a comprehensive and sustainable ecosystem that will accelerate the development of priority preventive and personalised healthcare solutions for UAE citizens.

The National Genome Strategy lays out several actions under five central pillars for scaling genome surveillance in the emirates in line with the UAE’s leadership commitment to the advancement of its healthcare sector.

The new plan focuses on establishing an agile framework of legislation and governance and creating a harmonised and secure data infrastructure.

Over the next 10 years, it will provide clear directions on developing top-tier genomic research and innovation capabilities and focusing on genomic applications that align with public health priorities.

The National Genome Strategy also outlines a multi-stakeholder approach to building strategic partnerships that accelerate the delivery of best-in-class programmes.

The launch event was officiated by the UAE’s beloved President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

Present to witness the launch was H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, and Chairman of the Emirates Genome Council.

Building on current work, the Emirates Genome Council will oversee the ‘One Million Genome’ project which will support the healthcare sector and enhance its essential services.

The Emirati Genome Programme is a key health and scientific initiative that must be supported by various members of the community, including institutions, authorities, and individuals.

Since its inception in 2021, the Emirates Genome Council has made significant progress in establishing a foundation for regulatory, research, technological, and medical institutions to connect, collaborate and develop qualitative medical applications and services.

Moreover, the genome project will play a crucial role in consolidating the UAE’s position as a hub for advanced healthcare research, innovation, and future technology use.

The Emirates Genome Council continues to work closely with a host of stakeholders, as well as partner academic, medical, and technological institutions, to build a sustainable ecosystem to advance health and wellbeing in the UAE.

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