Aerial ID card renewal: UAE to use drones for government services
By Mirna Sleiman
DUBAI, Feb 10 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates says it
documents and packages to its citizens as part of efforts to
upgrade government services.
The wealthy Gulf state is known for its showmanship - it
boasts the tallest skyscraper in the world - and its love of
high-technology gadgets. The drone project appears to satisfy
"The UAE will try to deliver its government services through
drones. This is the first project of its kind in the world,"
Mohammed al-Gergawi, a minister of cabinet affairs, said on
Monday as he displayed a prototype developed for the government.
The battery-operated vehicle, about half a metre (1-1/2
feet) across, resembles a butterfly with a top compartment that
can carry small parcels. Coloured white and enblazoned with the
UAE flag, it is propelled by four rotors.
Local engineer Abdulrahman Alserkal, who designed the
project, said fingerprint and eye-recognition security systems