May 17, 2020

Dubai launches its first medical clinic for taxi drivers

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Catherine Sturman
2 min
With nearly 4,000 vehicles, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, drivers in the UAE are working in an increased competitive market, with longer ho...

With nearly 4,000 vehicles, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, drivers in the UAE are working in an increased competitive market, with longer hours and an increased tourist market, affecting their long-term physical and mental wellbeing.

With this in mind, the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) at the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched, at its headquarters in Muhaisna, a medical clinic in cooperation with Life Line Co. It has become the first government clinic, which is now fully supportive of drivers in the Emirate, and will provide medical advice and preventive medical care to drivers, adopting high healthcare standards.

To ensure exceptional customer service and provide a strong, positive staff morale, Dr Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation has said, “This newly opened clinic is part of DTC’s strategy to broaden the scope of its services on offer to cab drivers and meet their needs. It also adds to the series of achievements made by the DTC towards enhancing the happiness and job satisfaction of its employees including drivers.”

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Delivering quality and excellence throughout its operations, “the clinic is fitted with all necessary resources to serve the medical and healthcare needs of all drivers including x-ray machines and a diagnostic laboratory. It has a team of medical professionals specialised in general medicine (GPs) as well as specialists in orthopaedics, ophthalmology, pulmonary & cardiac diseases, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and venereal diseases. It has a dedicated ward for critical conditions for lifting them in a fully equipped ambulance to the nearest hospital,” explained Al Ali.

“The Clinic has a hotline with the Dubai Health Authority to keep up-to-date with the developments of precautionary health measures. The Clinic opens daily from Saturday to Thursday, from 7 am to 11 pm, and on Fridays from 8 am to 8 pm. A plan is in place to open an affiliated pharmacy so that cabbies can easily obtain their prescribed medicines,” concluded the CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation.

 

 

 

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

HOOPP
Checkpoint
3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data

 

However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”

 

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