By Gavin Gibbon
Drones can carry loudspeakers to broadcast messages from the police and public announcements
Dubai Police are using drones to ensure members of the public are avoiding the emirate’s beaches and other public spaces.
The UAE government has urged the public to stay at home unless it's absolutely necessary to buy essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or perform essential jobs, measures aimed at limiting social contact between people and avoiding crowded places.
That includes temporarily closing beaches and other public areas, including parks, movie theatres and gyms.
Colonel Saeed Al Madhani, director of Ports Police Station in Dubai, said: “Our drones are equipped with cameras that can photograph events in range, whether during the day or night. They can also carry loudspeakers to broadcast Dubai Police messages and announcements to the public.”
Daily drone patrols are usually carried out by the Ports Police Station through the ‘Nawras’ (seagull) project, which is operated between the drone centre in Dubai Police.
Colonel Al Madhani said that drones were used to improve security and safety as well as to follow up on marine incidents, navigation issues and to secure public beaches and activities in their jurisdiction.
On Saturday, Dubai Police revealed a European man was arrested after flouting the closure guidelines on a beach in Jumeirah Beach Resort.