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UAE launches first robot pharmacyDubai: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has inaugurated its first “robot pharmacy” at Rashid Hospital in Dubai, a media report said on Friday. This smart pharmacy is deploying a robot for the first time in the UAE to dispense prescribed medication, which would be done at a click of button based on a bar code, therefore “minimise any human error,” Xinhua cited a report by UAE state news agency WAM.

The robot, which will start serving customers from Sunday, can store up to 35,000 medicines and dispense around 12 prescriptions in less than a minute, which would reduce customers’ waiting time significantly. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said it plans to adopt the use of robot in all its hospitals soon.

The robot is one of the latest smart technologies adopted by the authority to meet the 2016-2021 strategy, which aims to achieve a “happy and healthy society,” DHA said. The UAE has installed robots at several public places in order to be at the forefront of a digital economy within the Arab world. Robots greet passengers at Dubai international airport and the first driverless cars are tested by the Dubai government in the Business Bay near the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa.

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Weddings in China postponed amid coronavirus outbreak

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Beijing: The revenue of China”s wedding industry has declined since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus as many couples were forced to postpone their weddings during Chinese Spring Festival.

According to a Global Times report, industry analysts and business sources said that foreign marriage companies that conducted and managed the marriage of Chinese couples in Indonesia”s Bali, Japan”s Okinawa and in the Maldives have reported huge losses.

“We have postponed our wedding ceremony, which was to be held in Bali in early March,” Zhou, a bride in Beijing, told Global Times. We have taken this decision to avoid crowds attending the event like marriage due to health reasons.”

Lisa Wang, an employee of a wedding planning firm in Beijing, said: “My clients planned to hold a wedding ceremony in Bali in February. But they have postponed these programmes till the second half of this year due to concerns about the virus epidemic. ”

Last week, Indonesia banned flights to and from China to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Wang said that since the beginning of February, his work has been negatively affected. He said he has not received any new contracts for local wedding shows and photography in Bali, Okinawa and South Korea”s Jeju Island from late January to mid-February.

Another employee in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, said: “In the past years, we received more than 20 orders from Chinese couples in January for wedding photos in our studio, but this year we have not received any order.”

The South Korean employee also said that the studio”s revenue from Chinese customers has increased in recent years, but they are suffering a lot of losses earlier this year.

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