United Arab Emirates: Sheikh Hamdan launches drone transport program – News


Initiative to explore opportunities in the health, safety, shipping and food sectors

By Nandini Sircar

Posted: Sat, Nov 20, 2021, 1:00 PM

Last update: Sat, Nov 20, 2021, 1:16 PM

Dubai’s program to enable drone transport has been launched in the emirate.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) launched the initiative at the recent Dubai Airshow 2021.

The program aims to strengthen Dubai’s global competitiveness by adopting advanced technologies in vital sectors. A single pilot area will be allocated in Dubai Silicon Oasis for innovators and related entities from the UAE and abroad to develop and test new drone solutions.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “The Dubai program to enable drone transport will create state-of-the-art infrastructure that will allow innovators and concerned entities to test unmanned aerial vehicle prototypes in areas designated and develop legislation that optimizes their implementation. The program aims to provide new economic opportunities and consolidate Dubai’s leadership in the research and development of advanced technologies in various forward-looking sectors.


The main focus of the Dubai program to enable drone transport is exploring the use of drones in several sectors, including health, safety, shipping and food. It also seeks to improve people’s lives by reducing carbon emissions generated by traditional methods of shipping and transportation and by facilitating the flow of goods and materials.

The UAE has already started testing such capabilities by attracting thousands of innovators in this field from 165 countries to participate in the UAE Drones for Good Award which was launched in 2014.

Cheikh Hamdan added: “Our projects put the quality of life at the top of their priorities. We will continue to develop and implement innovative ideas on the ground. We have the right environment, infrastructure and legislation for the use of drones. We also have the labs, expertise and talent to translate prototypes into viable solutions.

The program also aims to attract talent as well as local and foreign investment in the drone applications sector, in addition to aiming to create new jobs and stimulate economic activity in the relevant fields.

The Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, His Highness Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “This law is considered one of the Dubai Sky Dome initiative projects; this initiative aims to create a virtual airspace infrastructure for drone systems, through which public spaces and buildings will be connected via airstrips and mini-airports across Dubai and to develop projects of major infrastructure for airports, airstrips, multipurpose stations and ground service sites. “

“The programs will include the promotion of the concept of public transport in the Emirate, the creation of multimodular transport systems in order to promote the concept of integration of air vehicles and different land transport systems.

The Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) will oversee the implementation of the results of the Dubai program to enable drone transport through the Dubai Future Labs and the region’s premier applied research and development laboratory specializing in future technologies.

“This initiative will also include the development of systems to manage the movement of drones and the development of an integrated intelligent platform for all services related to the organization of drone operations, such as the granting of immediate authorizations to drones. drones and their operators, to ensure aviation safety and security and to ensure that the efficiency of Emirates airspace is not affected. “

“This program is considered as one of the flagship and innovative initiatives which are the result of joint efforts between the government and the private parties in order to realize the vision of the future”, he added.


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