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Hello there,

There is probably only a handful of people that I have listened to in my life that have a voice as velvety as Deepak Chopra.

One of them is former England cricket captain Alastair Cook, but his story is one of the past, not the future (for now anyway).

I was driving through Abu Dhabi this week when I heard an interview with Mr Chopra on the radio. His voice practically placed me in a trance, and there were actual warnings being issued not to practice his deep breathing exercises while behind the wheel.

We had the pleasure of his voice, and views, when the well-being expert visited The National for an interview.

He told of how digital treatments could replace drugs within a decade.

That is a radical prediction from someone who started his career in traditional medicine and still holds a doctor's licence.

He talked of “digiceuticals” and “electriceuticals”, and those more well-known concepts — the metaverse and virtual reality.

Elsewhere, Dubai is moving into a new phase of its metaverse strategy, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, separately outlined the government's vision for the next decade, and airlines are exploring using a single pilot on flights.

Have a good week.

Ian Oxborrow, Business Audience Growth Editor


Deepak Chopra: Digital treatments could replace drugs within a decade

Deepak Chopra was interviewed by The National's Mustafa Alrawi. Victor Besa / The National

In brief | The health expert explained how patients could be treated via technology rather than more traditional means. He talked about how it can be used to help people with autism and those who have suffered burns.

Quoted | “This is not outrageous; it is happening now.”

— Deepak Chopra, wellness expert

Why it matters | Technology will make medicine more inclusive, with easier access to certain treatments. There will be no need for lengthy trips to see a doctor, instead only access to a screen will be needed.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launches We the UAE 2031 strategy. Photo: Wam

We The UAE 2031 | The future of education, legal reform and a strong economy are all key components of the UAE Government's vision for the next decade, which has been outlined. Generating public sector jobs, hosting the Cop28 climate summit in November 2023, developing economic partnerships and pursuing a digital future are also major goals.

Virtual world | Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, approved the new phase of the Dubai Metaverse Strategy. Initiatives aim to build the skills of Emiratis and create a large metaverse community in Dubai that includes metaverse companies, start-ups, investors and users.

Moon mission | The launch of the UAE's Rashid rover to the Moon was pushed back by two days and is now due to happen on Wednesday, November 30. This is the country's next step in the space sector.


Predicting the future | Signal or noise? Airlines and regulators are reportedly pushing to have one pilot, instead of two, in the cockpit in the future. This is aimed at lowering costs and easing staff shortages.

This is noise | As economically beneficial as it may be, how much trust can you place in technology when so many people's lives are at risk. As a Qantas pilot says: “When things go awry, they go awry fairly quickly.” The value of having two pilots up front was famously showcased in the incident known as The Miracle on the Hudson.


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