Partaking in the 38th edition of Gitex Technology Week 2018, held at Dubai World Trade Centre, the Awqaf showcased a number of innovative modern services that are aimed to serve members of the community from all walks of life through several platforms. Those include the smart platform for the holy Quran e-learning, smart mosques service, the innovative platform for mosque services, the smart coupon and Friday sermon translation project, in addition to innovative features on Awqaf website that target the elderly people and people of determination.
Commenting on the occasion, HE Dr Mohammed Matar al Kaabi, Awqaf’s Chairman, hailed the high level of development witnessed in the UAE under its wise leadership that focuses on advancement and launches innovative initiatives which may contribute to uplifting performance, accelerating the wheel of accomplishing achievements and creating attractive work environment that is conducive to boosting production, development and delivery of services to the public in innovative and simple manner, thus achieving their happiness and satisfaction.
Dr al Kaabi further affirmed Awqaf’s keen interest in employing artificial intelligence in its service delivery, keeping in pace with the UAE strategy for artificial intelligence launched by the government. Such strategy, he added, is first of its kind at the level of the region and across the world. It is aimed at making the UAE the first worldwide in the field of AI investments in all sectors, Dr al Kaabi explained, pointing out that Awqaf has completed analyses and implementation of a number of services and systems that are aimed at serving the public.
Demonstrating examples on this, Dr al Kaabi said, “The innovative platform for serving mosques is considered as part of the Mosques Electronic System. The platform is aimed at offering the public a window for contributing to elevating the level of services offered at mosques through their innovative suggestions and feedback for improvement. This will help in introducing innovative solutions and preparation of reports that may deliver value addition to all stake holders.”
“Within the framework of engaging members of the community and standing on their needs, as well as accounting for the cultural diversity in the UAE, the Awqaf implemented the Friday sermon translation project that is aimed at imparting happiness to the hearts of mosque goers by offering written and audio translation of the Khutba in English and Urdu. The service targets the non-Arabic speakers and is available via the official smart application of Awqaf,” Dr al Kaabi underlined.
Elaborating on the translation service, Dr al Kaabi clarified that Awqaf will translate the core messages included in the sermon in order to ensure that the non-Arabic speakers have understood the content, concepts and messages of the Friday Khutba, each in their own language.
Amongst the other innovative features that Awqaf showcased during the event are those offered on its website and intended for the elderly and the people of determination. For example, those with vision impairment can easily browse the website using such tools as text playing (recite me), saving data on the device, the magnifier (zoom in or out), changing the font used in the page, and screen mask (creating text mask to focus on certain areas of the page).
It is worth mention that the Awqaf’s booth at the exhibition has seen a large turnout by visitors who lauded Awqaf’s use of state-of-the-art technology and its keen interest in ensuring that its message reaches out to the members of the community in several innovative ways that meet their aspirations and achieve their satisfaction.