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The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Employees Participate in Emirati Genome Program

Abu Dhabi August 29, 2021: In a bid to innovate healthcare solutions for the wider Emirati community, employees of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have contributed blood samples to the Emirati Genome Program, which aims to sequence the complete genome of as many citizens as possible to support better prediction, prevention and treatment of genetic and chronic illnesses.
“DCT Abu Dhabi has taken part in this program to support Abu Dhabi’s healthcare sector and give back to the community, as part of its commitment to its corporate sustainable development principles,” said HE Saeed Ali Al Fazari, Executive Director, Support Services Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi. “The Emirati Genome Program represents a milestone in our nation's journey, as it aims to create a comprehensive Emirati genetic map to help enhance health services and provide the best healthcare solutions for our community.”
Dr Fahed Al Marzooqi, Chief Operations Officer, G42 Healthcare, said: “We would like to extend our thanks to the team at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi for their participation in the Emirati Genome Program. Through the Program, we aim to generate the highest quality and most comprehensive genomic data that will further advance the healthcare system for the Emirati community.
“With the support of UAE nationals, we can continue to push the boundaries of healthcare practices under the visionary leadership of the UAE and provide cutting-edge solutions for all who live here and future generations.”
DCT Abu Dhabi's corporate sustainability development principles align with the Emirati Genome Program, which will eventually help advance preventative and personalised healthcare in the UAE for all Emiratis.
The success of the Emirati Genome Program depends heavily on the participation of UAE nationals across the country. The more participants the Emirati Genome Program has, the more comprehensive the resulting genetic data will become, creating a rich base for scientists and medical professionals to build the Emirati reference genome.
More details of the Emirati Genome Program, including complete participation information, can be found at or by calling 800 UAE GENOME.