Virtual Rehab expands its services offering to the Middle East region by signing an exclusive partnership with Causalius.
Causalius, a Dubai-based technology innovation company has entered into an exclusive partnership with Virtual Rehab, the leader in leveraging virtual reality and artificial intelligence for the prevention and for the treatment of substance use disorders along with the rehabilitation of repeat offenders. The agreement spans across the Middle East region, with immediate focus on the UAE.
“This partnership will open new doors for Causalius as we see increased partnership opportunities within the government and the private sectors in the UAE, in particular, and across the GCC, in general,” said Dr. Saeed Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Causalius.
Following trends worldwide, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) are becoming main stream technology and are having diverse applications, not only in gaming, but also in many other areas including education, law enforcement, healthcare, retail, and real-estate. These technologies are set to redefine the future of both business and consumer processes across the region. VR and AR technologies are not limited to enhancing end-user experiences, but also have the potential of increasing process efficiency and manpower productivity.
“New Report by Frost & Sullivan in collaboration with 2016 Gitex technology week predict that VR and AR technology shall be ‘widespread’ across the GCC by 2025. We can capitalize on opportunities in the region right now,” said Dr. Al Dhaheri. “We want to tap into this market and bring innovative technological solutions to the UAE to achieve the vision of our leadership and to make the UAE a world leading nation in terms of innovation and technological development; the reason why we have selected Virtual Rehab to be our exclusive partner across the region.”
Virtual Rehab’s technology is used in formal education, vocational training, psychological rehabilitation, and correctional services rehabilitation by correctional officers, offenders, substance use addicts, psychologists, and treatment counsellors. Virtual Rehab’s innovative technology has been recognized for its efficacy by leading institutions and has been ranked as a first option for virtual reality treatment and rehabilitation by a number of media outlets.
“We are very excited about our partnership with Causalius,” says Dr. Raji Wahidy, Founder & CEO of Virtual Rehab. “The UAE has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. This partnership will allow Virtual Rehab along with Causalius to drive further innovation across the healthcare and the corrections industries, which is in-line with the vision set by the UAE’s leadership. The recent report published by the World Economic Forum ranked the UAE as the second safest place to live in worldwide. Through this partnership, we look to give back to the Emirati society and to further ensure that the UAE maintains its leadership when it comes to safety along with the ongoing commitment to helping the most vulnerable populations out there.”
The global substance use addiction statistics along with the incarceration rates are quite alarming and are on the increase. According to the International Institute on Drug Abuse along with the International Centre for Prison Studies, the total number of impacted individuals exceeds 261 million worldwide with a global spending on prevention and on treatment of more than $136 billion. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the Eastern Mediterranean Region prevalence of drug use disorders is estimated to be 3500 per 100 000 population. Through Virtual Rehab’s innovative solution complimented with the cost-efficiency models introduced, these numbers may be substantially reduced.
Causalius, a local software house based in Dubai and specialized in providing innovative solutions using new technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.
About Virtual Rehab
Headquartered in Fresh Meadows, New York, Virtual Rehab leverages the advancements in virtual reality technology along with artificial intelligence to prevent and to treat patients with substance use disorders along with rehabilitating repeated offenders. Virtual Rehab’s services include formal education, vocational training, psychological rehabilitation, and correctional services rehabilitation. Virtual Rehab also operates out of Montreal, Quebec, New York, and San Francisco, California.