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Dubai Municipality successfully completes phase 1 of ‘Dubai Horizons’ project

Dubai Municipality, with him Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, announced the successful completion of the first phase of the innovative ‘Dubai skylines project, which aims to formulate planning standards for drone routes and dedicated landing zones in low-altitude airspace and designated airport locations in accordance with aviation and construction regulations.

The project significantly improves Dubai’s readiness to use drones and expand the scope of related services. It is part of a comprehensive planning and regulatory framework that supports Dubai’s long-term objectives, strategies and plans for air transport.

His Excellency Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, stated that the ‘Dubai skylines‘The project is one of the main initiatives being carried out Dubai Municipality in alliance with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and other strategic partners. He said the key objective of the project is to leverage Dubai’s excellence in the air transportation sector while enabling its aspirations and future plans, including the creation of drone routes and exploring its applications globally.

The project also represents the municipality’s continuous efforts to adopt cutting-edge technologies and embrace new-age solutions. In doing so, it aims to create a leading geospatial system and implement innovative projects that support infrastructure readiness as well as its ability to rapidly adapt to contemporary aeronautical mapping technologies. In addition, the project seeks to improve the safety and security standards of air navigation and at the same time promote a favorable investment climate in the sector.

“Once completed, the ‘Dubai Horizons’ project will substantially improve Dubai’s readiness to use drones and aerial delivery services with clear and well-defined routes. By providing the data necessary for drone operations with maximum precision and in accordance with the best international standards and practices, the project will strengthen Dubai’s leadership and competitiveness globally.”

HE Al Hajri aggregate.

Dynamic investment climate

His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Ahli, Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, highlighted the importance of the project as a true representation of the Dubai Government’s ambitious vision and objectives to strengthen the city’s global competitiveness in various sectors. The project also aims to enhance Dubai’s position as a global hub for the drone industry while creating a dynamic and attractive investment climate, he added.

SE Ahli saying:

“Together, with Dubai Municipality and other strategic partners, we managed to complete the first phase of the ‘Dubai Horizons’ project, which seeks to advance and support Dubai’s plans to establish itself as a leading hub in proactively shaping and building the future. Our ‘Dubai Sky Dome’ initiative, which aims to transform Dubai into a virtual infrastructure for drone systems by connecting places and buildings through mini runways and airports across the emirate, further encourages future-oriented thinking and innovation.

“By creating an integrated commercial system for smart mobility services, air cargo, delivery services, surveying, imaging and technical inspection within the emirate, the initiative allows public and private entities to offer services related to the operation of drone systems, which which will significantly strengthen Dubai’s capacity. economy.”

The regulations governing the use of drones in the emirate of Dubai, in particular Law No. (4) of 2020, are important for the advancement and progress of drone systems. SE Ahli he emphasized. The law outlines regulations regarding the use of drones along with the responsibilities of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority as well as all other relevant government entities that are strategic partners in achieving this ambitious vision.

Dubai Municipality will help partners as part of the Dubai skylines project offering twin digital geospatial databases of Dubai, comprising 3D maps of all landmarks and facilities in the city. In addition, the municipality will also provide advanced geospatial solutions, planning standards and data investment in a land regulation and classification list.

First phase in Dubai Silicon Oasis

The first phase of the project was completed in the Dubai Silicon Oasis area during which a study, analysis and evaluation of existing regulations, laws, policies and laws related to low-altitude airspace planning, drone operations, privacy and air navigation policies. security were carried out.

Additionally, in the first phase, meetings were also held with stakeholders to determine the role of each party and evaluate the 3D data, available planning requirements and the technology used. These meetings aimed to identify and document the main challenges and implement a pilot project in the study area, evaluating the application of the proposed planning requirements and determinants in the Dubai Silicon Oasis area. This was made possible through the use of an intelligent system, creating 3D maps of planned drone routes and aircraft landing sites.

Additionally, a working group was formed with all relevant parties to provide recommendations for the ideal future scenario and establish protocols that lay out clear steps for various processes and solutions.

Dubai Municipality had previously signed cooperation agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (TEN) to develop a framework for Dubai skylines project. The goal was to significantly leverage mutual experiences to create a comprehensive geodata plan in Dubai. This includes geographical data on the infrastructure used by the drone industry and the regulation of the sector in the emirate.

News source: Dubai Press Office

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