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|19 August, 2018

Abu Dhabi Municipality reviews drone-use framework

Aim to enhance the use of drones in monitoring and supporting projects as well as other municipal tasks.

Buildings are pictured at Abu Dhabi commercial center, implemented by Aldar, in Abu Dhabi October 27, 2013. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Buildings are pictured at Abu Dhabi commercial center, implemented by Aldar, in Abu Dhabi October 27, 2013. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) has reviewed its best practices of using drone to monitor projects, the latest sign of the technology’s emerging status within the UAE's construction industry.

In a statement on Saturday, ADM said a delegation from the Zayed City Municipality Center attended a workshop held at the Security Media Department, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ – a meeting aimed at "spreading the legal practice of using drone and the criteria for granting permit in this regard".

The delegation was received by Colonel Mohammed Ali Al Muhairi, director of the Security Media Department at Abu Dhabi Police, alongside Lt. Colonel Mohammed Al Menhali, deputy director of the Security Media Department, captain Yousef Al Hosani, first sergeant, and Issa Al Yamahi, drones use specialist.

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Abu Dhabi police experts briefed the delegation about the legal aspects of drones and the criteria for granting licenses.

Discussion topics included the "response speed, tolerance during extreme climatic conditions, drone range (distance and height), quality and assurance, documentation and imaging of several areas linked to operations, and the call centre for follow-up and guidance, as well as other services under development."

Speaking on the news, Rashid Khalifa Al Rumaithi, director of Zayed City Municipal Center, said: "The municipality is thankful to the Abu Dhabi Police for enhancing the knowledge and expertise about the use of drones through hosting a series of gatherings with local entities and government departments.

"Such events aim to enhance the use of drones in monitoring and supporting projects as well as other municipal tasks.

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