• Monday March 28th, 2016

Museum of the Future launches science and technology portal in Arabic

MELO1470A new portal has been launched by The Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation and will work to provide the latest research and findings of the technology and science sector.

The first of its kind portal in the region called ‘Mostaqbal Portal’, which translates into ‘portal of the future’, will add important knowledge in scientific sectors in the Arabic language, it was announced on Monday.

During the launch of the initiative, Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees and managing director of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation, said the portal aims to cover the latest findings of the technology and science sector on a daily basis by publishing studies, research findings, visual material and infographics in Arabic in simplified and easy-to-understand language.

The content will cover areas such as space science, health, science, artificial intelligence, smart networks, and virtual reality and news related to Future Museum, public and scientific studies, and other specialised areas.

“This portal will contribute to strengthening the UAE’s position as one of the active players in supporting science and research. It will enhance the country’s efforts to promote Arabic as a language with the relevant vocabulary for modern use at a time when the UAE is celebrating the Year of Reading, announced by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”

The launch of this portal in Arabic is aimed at providing the latest research and articles in a professional manner to encourage people, especially youth, to explore these areas in their mother language, and promote scientific content in Arabic, said Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation.

“It will support innovation and scientific research process in the Arab world as this portal will serve as a unique content source for regional scientific and technical specialists,” he said.

Al Aleeli said that the portal managed to attract great interest during its trial launch when the number of followers on social media channels reached more than three million.

During the trial launch, more than 500 scientific articles, 50 infographics and 60 pieces of visual content were published in addition to more than 800 posts on the official page on Facebook, 350 tweets, and 70 Instagram posts.

The scientific content is being chosen based on its direct impact on innovation in strategic sectors through the adoption of an organised system that keeps pace with fast-changing global developments, he added.

The portal features an attractive design and ease of navigation using simple Arabic in an accurate and scientific manner. The content will be classified based on topics to facilitate the search process and simplify access to visitors. Readers will be able to read the scientific content of the portal in English as well.

Also during the launch of the portal, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed for publishing ‘Mostaqbal Portal’ content in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Dubai Smart Government, Al Bayan, and Sky News Arabia.

The portal can be accessed by visiting: www.mostaqbal.ae