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Dubai launches first robot lifeguards on emirate's beaches

Robot, which can reach a speed of 35kph, works by using remote control technology, says Dubai Municipality

Dubai launches first robot lifeguards on emirate's beaches

Dubai Municipality has announced that it has launched a robot lifeguard, a first for the Middle East, on public beaches for the security and safety of beach-goers in the emirate.

The robot, which can reach a speed of 35kph, or approximately 12 times the speed of a human lifeguard, works by using remote control technology.

It is 125cm tall and can travel a distance of more than 130km. The robot can float freely as it weighs only 11kg and can carry out up to 30 rescue operations without re-chargingd, news agency WAM reported.

Alya Al Harmoudi, director of the Environment Department at Dubai Municipality, said: "The move is also in response to Dubai government directives to keep up with the latest technologies and innovations in this area as well as to ensure that all the necessary requirements and precautions are in place to enhance the rescue operations on the public beaches of Dubai."

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Fentoni 3 years ago

I tell you what. Between these robots and the rise in popularity of the burkini this is going to make Dubai Baywatch 2016 very dull!