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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - DRONES

DEWA joint project with Masdar Institute qualifies for 2nd UAE Drones for Good Award

Posted on 22/01/2017

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) have qualified for the second UAE Drones for Good Award based on their joint efforts to develop drone technology. The Award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to use drone technology to improve living standards and establish the infrastructure to provide services using drone technologies ...  >>MORE

Flight paths: Dubai sets out zones for drones

Posted on 26/04/2016

Four drone no-fly zones and nine areas requiring registration have been established across Dubai, delegates to the World Aviation Safety Summit were told. The emirate's civil aviation authority said on Monday that the International Airport, Al Minhad Air Base, the Palm Jumeirah around Skydive Dubai and Al Maktoum Airport were designated no-fly zones, while flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in nine other areas, including Downtown Dubai around the Burj Khalifa and the Skydive Dubai desert ...  >>MORE

First World Drone Prix event to be held at Skydive Dubai this March

Posted on 06/03/2016

The World Organisation of Racing Drones (W.O.R.D) has announced the World Drone Prix Dubai 2016 will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, from 11th-12th March at Skydive Dubai. Sheikh Hamdan released a video on Instagram featuring a McLaren supercar competing against a racing drone on an obstacle course through the streets of Dubai, promoting the upcoming event as "one of the most anticipated races." The World Drone Prix ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid honours winners of UAE Drones for Good Awards and the UAE AI and Robotics Award

Posted on 07/02/2016

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday honoured the winners of the second UAE Drones for Good Award and the first UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good, the world's biggest awards in civilian applications of drones and robotics technology, in the presence of top dignitaries and international experts at the conclusion of a three-day competition event at Dubai Internet City. Loon Copter's multi-rotor drone from ...  >>MORE

Six contestants enter final round of UAE Drones for Good Award

Posted on 05/02/2016

‘The UAE Drones for Good Award' has announced that three contestants each from the International and National competitions of the award have qualified to the final round of the award as 20 semi-finalists demonstrated their projects live in front of a panel of high profile international judges at a specially organised event in Dubai Internet City yesterday. The Award, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, aims to ...  >>MORE

Global expert uses UAE Drones for Good Award platform to launch start-up on drones and robotics technology

Posted on 05/02/2016

Highlighting the UAE's global position as a leading centre for drones and robotics technology and best practices in the sector, Patrick Meier, an internationally recognized expert and consultant on humanitarian technology and innovation, has announced the launch of a new start-up, WeRobotics, during the UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good ceremony, being held at Dubai Internet City from February 4th to 6th. The unique start-up focuses on empowering local partners in ...  >>MORE

National Geographic Abu Dhabi partners with UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good

Posted on 04/02/2016

National Geographic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Media's Arabic documentary channel, will cover the second edition of the UAE Drones for Good Award competition launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler Dubai, and the UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. The award events will take place in Dubai Internet City from 4 to 6 February 2016 with ...  >>MORE

GCAA initiates outreach campaign on light air sports, drones

Posted on 04/02/2016

The General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, has launched an outreach campaign concerning 'light air sports'. The campaign will be held in association with the Air Support Department at the Directorate-General of Security Support, the General-Secretariat of the Office of H.H. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and will last for two weeks. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of GCAA, said that the authority has enacted a federal legislation regarding the use of drones. The ...  >>MORE

UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good receive over 250,000 votes

Posted on 28/01/2016

The Organising Committee of the UAE Drones for Good Award, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good, launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has announced that the Voting Platform for the awards received more than 250,000 votes until today from all around the world. The Voting Platform, which was launched on the websites of both ...  >>MORE

UAE Drones for Good Award reveals panel of judges and key speakers in second edition of award

Posted on 26/01/2016

The Organising Committee of the UAE Drones for Good Award, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has revealed the names of the experts in the Judging Committee which will evaluate the participating projects and select the winners of the International and National Competitions to be held at Dubai Internet City from February 4th to 6th, 2016. On Thursday, February 4th, the Judging Committee will evaluate live ...  >>MORE

20 contestants in race for UAE Drones for Good Award

Posted on 14/01/2016

The Organising Committee of the UAE Drones for Good Award has announced that 20 contestants have qualified to the semi-finals stage at the National and International competitions of the award, which attracted entries from all parts of the world. The UAE Drones for Good Award is the biggest award of its kind, offering a total prize money of Dh 4.67 million (US$1 million for International Competition and Dh 1 million for National Competition). Launched by the UAE Government during the second ...  >>MORE

UAE Drones for Good Award attracts 1017 entries from 165 countries: Al Gergawi

Posted on 10/12/2015

The UAE has become a global platform for the use of future technology for peaceful purposes and employing them in the service of humanity, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the UAE Drones for Good Award. "The Award affirms the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish the concept of innovation in various sectors by exploring ...  >>MORE

Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation announces strategic tie-up to enhance global reach of UAE Drones for Good Award

Posted on 18/11/2015

Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, paving the way for the second year of their strategic partnership on the UAE Drones for Good Award. The tie-up with the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology comes as part of the foundation's efforts to promote the UAE's leading position in the field of advanced technologies at both ...  >>MORE

Second ‘UAE Drones for Good Award’ announces opening of entries to US$ 1 million competition

Posted on 15/06/2015

The Organising Committee of the second edition of the US$1 million ‘UAE Drones for Good Award' has announced that it will start accepting entries for the award from June 15th. The award, which is open to individuals, teams, universities and companies from around the world, also offers Dh1 million for the winner at the national level. The winners will be honoured at a special ceremony in February 2016 before the fourth Government Summit. On the occasion, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Business Centre stops trade in drones

Posted on 12/03/2015

The Abu Dhabi Business Centre, affiliated to the Department of Economic Development, has announced a halt to the sale and purchase of drones in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The move aims to reduce the random spread of the said drones and any improper use thereof, until legislation and regulations organising the activity are issued by the competent authorities in the country. Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi, Acting Executive Director of Abu Dhabi Business Centre, said, "The ceasing of trading activity ...  >>MORE

GCAA drafts drone legislations

Posted on 23/02/2015

The General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, is currently drafting regulations and criteria for using drones in UAE airspace, as well as talking to concerned authorities to draft regulations parallel to those implemented by GCAA in order to control the import and distribution of these aircrafts on the local market, develop licensing criteria for the users of large-scale and advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and establishing permissible heights and zones for flying. In drafting the UAV ...  >>MORE

DSO to focus on new-age drone technology and its implications at 18th TechForum

Posted on 10/02/2015

The Dubai Silicon Oasis, DSO, the integrated free zone technology park, is set to showcase the latest civilian applications of the drone technology in Dubai at its 18th TechForum tomorrow. To be held at the DSO headquarters from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, the event aims to gather IT professionals, academic experts and students with a view to promoting technological awareness, capacity building, innovation and entrepreneurship in Dubai. Award-winning Emirati entrepreneur, Saeed Al Nazari, as well as ...  >>MORE

NYU Abu Dhabi Wadi Drone team wins National UAE Drones for Good Award

Posted on 08/02/2015

New York University Abu Dhabi students have taken top honours at the national UAE Drones for Good Award with their Wadi Drone submission, which leverages commercial drone technology and proprietary software for wildlife conservation and environmental protection. The Wadi Drone collects data in regions where deploying communications infrastructure would spoil the natural heritage, or present a human risk to physically retrieving data. The Wadi Drone is a fixed wing airplane with a 2.5-metre ...  >>MORE

10 contestants race to final round of UAE Drones for Good Award

Posted on 07/02/2015

‘The UAE Drones for Good Award' announced that five contestants each from the International and National competitions of the award have qualified to the final round as 39 semi-finalists demonstrated their projects live in front of a panel of high profile international judges at a specially-organised event in Dubai Internet City yesterday. The Award, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is aimed at employing ...  >>MORE

Bill on drones in UAE will ensure flight safety

Posted on 03/02/2015

A proposed bill is under way to regulate drone flights and keep Dubai's airspace safe following a spate of airport disruptions due to misused drones. The General Secretariat of the Dubai Supreme Legislation Committee has met with Dubai's aviation safety and security authorities to discuss a draft bill on aviation safety. Authorities aim to maintain maximum aviation safety measures according to international practices and in line with the standards of International Civil Aviation Organisation ...  >>MORE

39 contestants in race for UAE Drones for Good Award

Posted on 31/01/2015

The Organising Committee of 'The UAE Drones for Good Award' announced that 39 contestants have qualified to the semi-finals stage at the National, International and Government competitions of the award, which is the biggest of its kind offering prize money worth of Dh 4.67 million (US$1 million for International Competition and Dh1 million for National Competition). 'The UAE Drones for Good Award', launched by the UAE Government during the second Government Summit last February, attracted huge ...  >>MORE

Sky’s the limit for Emirati student and his 3D-printing drone

Posted on 30/01/2015

LONDON: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No … it's a 3D-printing aerial drone. Just ask Talib Alhinai, an Emirati PhD student at Imperial College London, whose mission is to help develop flying robots that improve people's lives. The 22-year-old is part of a team studying innovative, occasionally outlandish uses for drones, including one that can ‘3D-print' while hovering in mid-air. Mr Alhinai, who is from Abu Dhabi, explained his work while standing outside a university room labelled the ...  >>MORE

UAE students design drone to dissipate fog at airports

Posted on 30/01/2015

A team of academics and students from Khalifa University have developed a drone for dissipating fog from an airport runway or a busy road within minutes. The design has reached the last 19 out of more than 400 entries in the international Drones For Good competition held in Dubai. Dr Reyad El Khazali, the team's leader, said such a drone was vital for the UAE as the country suffered heavy and disruptive fog conditions in winter that caused problems on roads and at airports. "We've tested it ...  >>MORE

Over 800 entries received from 57 countries for Drones for Good Award

Posted on 22/01/2015

The UAE 'Drones for Good Award' has received more than 800 local, Arab and international entries, confirming the positive response and global demand for the UAE government initiative that aims to make optimal use of technology to serve humanity and create happiness in the community. The award was launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the second Government Summit last February, The award received submissions ...  >>MORE

Drones essential for smart cities of the future

Posted on 08/11/2014

Drones are going to reshape the smart cities of the future and its commercial use will help save time and operational cost for film makers, property developers, real estate companies, logistics firms and farmers, among others. Dubai has already announced its plan to become a smart city and the emirate is preparing for its transformation into a smart city by harnessing the power of technology in order to build a new reality in the emirate. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ...  >>MORE

Police drone saves trapped window cleaner

Posted on 05/11/2014

The Security Media Department's wireless remote-controlled drone equipped with modern technologies rescued a window cleaner of Asian nationality on Tuesday. After calming the panicked worker who had attempted to abandon the scaffold and cling to a window for fear of falling; the drone detected the technical malfunction of the scaffold, and utilised audiovisual monitoring to instruct the worker in how to repair the malfunction himself. The man had been trapped outside of one of the upper floors ...  >>MORE

Security Media upgrades its drones to full HD technology

Posted on 26/10/2014

The Security Media Department at the General Secretariat of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, upgraded the technical specifications of its remote-controlled flying drones, which were put to use in 2010, as now they are able to capture Full HD footage for media coverage. According to Major Jamal Al Hosani, Chief of Technical Affairs Section at the Security Media and Technical Affairs Department, the project, which is being developed by local experts, aims to showcase the ...  >>MORE

The U.A.E. Drones for Good Award signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft

Posted on 26/10/2014

As part of its continued efforts to strengthening partnerships with major international organisations, the U.A.E. Drones for Good Award has signed a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft, marking yet another step towards the global expansion of the Award. This Gulf have announced their partnership with the United Arab Emirate's Ministry of Cabinet Affairs for the Drones for Good (DFG) Award initiative which leverages unmanned aerial vehicles for civilian and humanitarian purposes. This ...  >>MORE

Ghobash launches a ‘smart inspections drone’ to monitor the Labour market

Posted on 12/10/2014

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, has recently launched a special, remote controlled, smart drone to support the inspector's squad at the ministry during their field campaigns, especially for recording violations at construction sites during the midday break periods. "Using the smart drone in inspectional campaigns assures MoL's adoption to best practices by using advanced technologies to commit to strategic plans by the U.A.E. Government, while meeting the directives of His Highness Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Five U.A.E. citizens among 16 semi-finalists in U.A.E. Drones for Good Award

Posted on 10/10/2014

The U.A.E. Drones for Good Award, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, during the second Government Summit last February, has received wide participation with more than 300 entries, out of which 16 have qualified to compete in the semi-final stage of the Dh1 million award. The entries underwent an accurate selection process that focused on innovation, value-addition, low cost and efficiency as the main conditions ...  >>MORE

‘U.A.E. Drones for Good Award’ looks at international partnerships

Posted on 01/10/2014

The ‘U.A.E. Drones for Good Award' signed a memorandum of understanding with ‘Indra', one of the leading technology companies in Europe and Latin America. This was part of efforts to expand the scope of the award through international partnerships and take advantage of the latest expertise in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. "The ‘U.A.E. Drones for Good Award' is another example of the commitment of the U.A.E. government to integrate the latest technology in the efforts to provide ...  >>MORE

300 entries for U.A.E. drones contest

Posted on 18/09/2014

The award's management focused on innovation in rendering services, its feasibility and the value it brings to the general population while selecting the entries. The ‘U.A.E. Drones for Good Award', which was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, earlier this year, has announced the results of the first qualifying round. The preliminary qualifying round, which was conducted earlier this month, saw ...  >>MORE

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DEWA joint project with Masdar Institute qualifies for 2nd UAE Drones for Good Award


Flight paths: Dubai sets out zones for drones


First World Drone Prix event to be held at Skydive Dubai this March


Mohammed bin Rashid honours winners of UAE Drones for Good Awards and the UAE AI and Robotics Award


Six contestants enter final round of UAE Drones for Good Award


Global expert uses UAE Drones for Good Award platform to launch start-up on drones and robotics technology


National Geographic Abu Dhabi partners with UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good


GCAA initiates outreach campaign on light air sports, drones


UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good receive over 250,000 votes


UAE Drones for Good Award reveals panel of judges and key speakers in second edition of award


20 contestants in race for UAE Drones for Good Award


UAE Drones for Good Award attracts 1017 entries from 165 countries: Al Gergawi


Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation announces strategic tie-up to enhance global reach of UAE Drones for Good Award


Second ‘UAE Drones for Good Award’ announces opening of entries to US$ 1 million competition


Abu Dhabi Business Centre stops trade in drones


GCAA drafts drone legislations


DSO to focus on new-age drone technology and its implications at 18th TechForum


NYU Abu Dhabi Wadi Drone team wins National UAE Drones for Good Award


10 contestants race to final round of UAE Drones for Good Award


Bill on drones in UAE will ensure flight safety


39 contestants in race for UAE Drones for Good Award


Sky’s the limit for Emirati student and his 3D-printing drone


UAE students design drone to dissipate fog at airports


Over 800 entries received from 57 countries for Drones for Good Award


Drones essential for smart cities of the future


Police drone saves trapped window cleaner


Security Media upgrades its drones to full HD technology


The U.A.E. Drones for Good Award signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft


Ghobash launches a ‘smart inspections drone’ to monitor the Labour market


Five U.A.E. citizens among 16 semi-finalists in U.A.E. Drones for Good Award


‘U.A.E. Drones for Good Award’ looks at international partnerships


300 entries for U.A.E. drones contest