UAE's Drones for Good winner to be announced in Feb

Competition to find practical uses for drones in everyday life has received more than 800 entries from around the world
UAE's Drones for Good winner to be announced in Feb
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By Staff writer
Wed 21 Jan 2015 02:19 PM

The UAE's Drones for Good award, launched by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum last year to find practical uses for drones in everyday life, has received more than 800 entries from around the world.

The award received submissions from 57 countries led by Spain with 62 entries, followed by the United States with 47 and India with 34 entries.

Among Arab countries, Saudi Arabia topped the list with 18 entries, followed by Egypt with 8 entries, a statement said.

The winners of the award will be announced next month based on the results of live demonstrations by 16 semi-finalists in front of the panel of judges.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, praised the global response.

"The UAE government has always been the first to launch initiatives that keep pace with global changes and has harnessed creativity and innovation to serve humanity, identifying them as the real wealth of developed societies," he said.

He said the entries focused on critical areas of relevance to daily life in areas such as health, education, civil defense, transport and communications, as well as government services, natural disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance.

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