Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan attend UAE delivery drones announcement

Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan attend UAE delivery drones announcement

"We want to reach the people, before they reach us"

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Pilot tests for prototype delivery drones were revealed at the Government Summit held in Dubai this week, attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Vice President and Ruler of Dubai

Joined by his son and the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was clearly pleased with the initiative to start using delivery drones in the UAE and gave instructions to "proceed quickly with final tests" in order to expand the range of services provided and extend the concept's geographical abilities.

"We want to reach the people before they reach us. We want to save time, to shorten distances, to increase effectiveness and to make services easier," he said.

The UAE intends to use drones for a wide variety of government services, including infrastructure monitoring, geographic surveys and delivery of small, light value items that are time sensitive such as identification documents and medicines. The results seem promising, states Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, also noting that the UAE is the first government in the world to develop civilian applications for drones to provide government services directly to the people.

"This initiative is part of Sheikh Mohammed's integrated vision for a smart government, a smart society and global innovation in the use of technology to enhance government services. His vision is that technology should be used for the good of people and in the service of the people, and that governments should be the first to adopt the latest technologies," he concluded.