Friday 20 July 2018

Dubai to unleash drones to catch litterbugs


Mark O'Beirne

Dubai has plans to use drones to clamp down on littering. There is one drone operational right now, while two others will be added to the roster this year.

Dubai’s Waste Management Department has plans to utilise drones to keep an eye out for people littering.

Initially, the drones will police waste dump sites, beaches, desert camp sites. There is currently one drone in the skies, but two more will join the fleet later this year.

Dubai takes littering very seriously; repeat offenders can rack up fines of hundreds of dollars, while those who spit in public can also get slapped with hefty fines.

Director of the Waste Management Department, Abdul Majeed Al Saifaie, told the UAE-based Gulf News that these drones are a time saving measure. "Instead of having municipality inspectors driving across the city, the drones will be able to fly directly to a number of different locations within a short time, and provide us with data and high-resolution photographs."

This doesn’t mean that drones will take over Dubai’s skies any time soon. Drones are prohibited to fly at night, and near buildings, people, or airports, while commercial drone use is also off limits. However, you can race them.

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