Dubai beaches and parks to be monitored by drones

Time Out has news that Dubai beaches and parks to be monitored by drones to help catch people dropping litter, controlled by Dubai Municipality

Dubai Municipality are set to send drones out over beaches and parks to catch those who leave litter behind.

Oone unmanned aerial vehicles have already been used over landfill sites and other projects, as well monitoring trucks that dump their waste illegally.

But such has been their success, the Waste Management Department have confirmed they will purchase two more before the end of the year in order to roll them out over Dubai's public spaces.

"Since they are very cost effective, we expect to have two more drones later this year, which will carry out inspections across deserts and beaches,” Abdul Majeed Al Saifaie, department director said.

"As the good weather is expected to stay for at least another month, we expect a lot of people to camp in the desert until the end of April, and to also set up barbeques at beaches."

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Flying drones in residential areas remains, as it has been since 2015, an offence by law. According to the Federal Criminal Code, drone use must remain in the line of sight of the user and not exceed 400 feet into the sky. Weather, location and the purpose of the flight are also considered.

Beaches and public parks do not fit within the banned parameters set out, so long as the operator is in the vicinity.

“We initially purchased the drone to monitor the landfill sites at Al Ghusais, Jebel Ali and Al Warsan, because as per regulations, they are allowed to reach up to 30 metres high,” Al Saifaie added, while speaking to Gulf News.

"In this way, we save money and time as the inspectors do not have to drive around and also, the drones can reach up to places that our employees cannot get to."

"The main beneficial factor is the amount of time these drones can save. 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."

It's not the first time a scheme like this has been used. In 2013 it was confirmed Dubai Police would use the machines to monitor crowds at stadiums and other major events.

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