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April-June 2022

Dubai’s fledgling drone programme gets another nudge

In November 2021, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, crown prince of Dubai, launched a programme to enable the use of drones for healthcare, security, shipping, food services and other sectors. This new programme is the most recent of several initiatives that have been created in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) overall. One of the more popular programmes has been UAE Drones for Good, which, since 2014, has run an annual international competition to encourage useful and positive applications for drone technology. The winner receives $1m. With the latest programme, the Dubai government is betting that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will not only facilitate the movement of goods and materials, but also reduce carbon emissions generated by traditional shipping and transportation methods. They are also counting on drone technology to create new jobs and boost the economy. To this end, the government is trying to attract both local and foreign investment by creating friendly regulation and developing world-class infrastructure and ...

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