Futuristic drones flying above your heads and a digital solution for everything from ordering your grocery to paying a parking fine. It happens in Dubai if you are wondering where is this futuristic place. Dubai has implemented technology to enhance every aspect of the city. From artificial intelligence to smart initiatives and regular technology events in Dubai, the Emirate and technology are moving towards futuristic changes hand in hand.
Let’s take a look at some of the best of Dubai technology facts that have come out of Dubai’s foray into the arena
This is a project that could bring people’s wish to fly like Iron Man. Jetman is a company that has built superfast personal pilot suits that allow the pilot to fly at speeds of up to 400 km/h. The amazing technological marvel is controlled by human body from the ground, allowing it to hover constantly at a certain altitude. It also allows maneuvers, changes in directions, and performing loops.
Traffic can sometimes be dangerous in case a fire truck gets trapped in it on its way to douse a fire. Dubai’s use of technology has also brought up a solution here, with jet-skis and water-powered jetpacks. The idea is to be ready in the water in case of an emergency, and then reach the site without worrying about traffic congestion. The jetpacks allow firefighters to hover high up in the air, and the waterways allow ample amount of water to douse the fires.
Known as Volocopter, it is the world’s first flying taxi, and will soon be flying over Dubai skies. The aircraft can land and take off vertically like a drone or a helicopter, and is fully electric. It is also autonomous, and features high-tech safety and security elements. It has a two person seating, and can cruise for 30 minutes at 50 km/hr. The idea maybe to add more efficiency to the public transport, and at the same time make it autonomous and clear it of road traffic congestion.
The technologies above were mostly about flying, and this one, is more towards the law enforcement sector. Meet the O-R3, the robot car which can scan for undesirables. It is a small buggy sized autonomous car equipped with 360-degree cameras that can employe face recognition technology to scan for wanted criminals. Dubai Police will be using it for surveillance and aim for more peaceful streets. It can charge itself, and also comes equipped with a separate drone to scan places where it can’t reach.
Sounds futuristic right? Because it is. Imagine being transported on land, at the speed of of over a 1,000 km/hr between two cities. Tough to imagine, but it will soon be a reality. The travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which takes 90 minutes on an average, could be cut down to just 12 minutes. It is a train like vehicle, designed to effortlessly carry people and cargo. The superfast tube system will have a suspended capsule which will glide through magnetic suspension, moving forward with electric propulsion. It will have a capacity of transporting over 10,000 passengers between the two Emirates per hour, and is a 100% electric.
Dubai is not using technology just for future advancements, but also for initiatives such as sustainability and climate safety. The best example for this, perhaps, is the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The structure is not just a technological marvel in itself, but also a beautiful set-up in its own right. Spearheaded by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, the giant solar park is a USD13.6 billion dollar investment that could power up as many as 1.3 million homes.The 5,000 megawatt park features photovoltaic panels and heliostats to generate electricity, and is claimed by DEWA to be the world’s tallest concentrated solar power (CSP) tower
A beautiful new world icon, the Torus shaped building is situated on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road. It is an initiative by Dubai Future Foundation, with a main aim of creating ‘Smart Dubai’, and making the Emirate a hub of innovation and a testbed for emerging technologies. It will be the centre of futuristic innovations and ideas relating to solving problems and finding answers. The solutions would be for questions like role of technology in healthcare, climate change, space, ecosystem conservation, and more. The design of the building, in fact, is so complex and intricate, that it would have been almost impossible to construct without the latest technologies that Dubai employs.
UAE has used facial recognition technology in various sectors, but one of them was a virtual aquarium tunnel. It is a new biometric system introduced at Dubai International Airport, to reduce long queues of travellers on airports for security checks. Travellers walk through a tunnel-shaped aquarium, which is stocked with virtual fish to catch passengers’ attention and once focused, those 80 built-in cameras will scan for facial recognition from every angle. The first biometric tunnel began operation in 2018 while the rest were planned to open in 2020. Once received the green light at the end of the tunnel, you are good to enjoy your trip to Dubai.
Dubai has become a hub of technology, with the people, and both the public and private sectors embracing the digital means to create a vision for smart Dubai. From healthcare and managing resources to handling traffic and taking care of government’s digital infrastructure, the city is embracing technologies. There are regular technology events in Dubai, which grab people’s attention towards in the sector. Both private companies and government departments, are working to incorporate technology into every major aspect of products and services. in a bid to make things more convenient and hassle free for the public.