Thieab Aldossary and Rashid Aldosari wanted to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ to life – for everybody.
The first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East will be a completely inclusive tournament – thanks in part to people like Thieab Aldossary and Rashid Aldosari.
Their winning idea in the event experience category of Challenge 22 was a device – the Feelix Palm – that communicates to blind people, using pins to transmit a braille-like message directly onto the individual’s palm. They wanted to give blind people something extra from the FIFA World Cup™ experience, without restricting their hearing or physical movement.
This has now evolved to adapt to virtual reality (VR) applications and Aldossary has plans to develop a whole range of wearable technology, which will link up with smartphones and VR headsets.
Aldossary, in particular, personifies Challenge 22’s focus on the Arab world. Having grown up in Saudi Arabia as part of a Bahraini family, he studied abroad for degrees in design engineering and systems engineering, before returning to the region to work in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Thieab came in fourth place in another Arab innovation award in 2014, when a different creation reached the final of the Stars of Science competition, which takes place in Qatar.
He now helps other inventors trying to progress their ideas, working as a patent marketing specialist at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the futuristic Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. Like the Challenge 22 programme itself, he is doing all he can to promote creative thinking and problem-solving in the Middle East.