Drones to nab Dubai litterbugs


By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Senior Web Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Drones are set to become the new inspectors, as Dubai Municipality has confirmed that it will use unmanned aerial vehicles to catch litterbugs red-handed.

2bThe municipality’s waste management department has already purchased one drone as part of its trial phase, and according to officials, has so far yielded positive results.

“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, director of the Waste Management Department, told Gulf News on Monday.

“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,” he said.

“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,” he said.

However, the drones will not be restricted to monitoring dumpsites and development projects but are also set to inspect Dubai’s beaches and deserts against offenders guilty of leaving their rubbish behind. More info