Dubai Police use drones to reinforce COVID-19 precautionary measures
The drones are equipped with cameras to photograph events, and can also carry loudspeakers to broadcast messages
Dubai Police has started using drones to ensure full compliance with decisions and precautionary measures including social distancing, avoiding public spaces, and vacating shores that are in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).
The director of Dubai’s Ports Police Station, Colonel Saeed Al Madhani, has emphasised the Dubai Police HQ’s keenness to utilise the latest modern technologies to ensure that government directives are followed within the specified areas of jurisdiction.
The Ports Police Station has facilitated drone patrols in its daily work through the "Nawras" (Seagull) project, which is carried out in cooperation with the Drone Centre of the Dubai Police, according to the state-run news agency, Wam.
Al Madhani has called on the public to #StayHome and avoid crowded places to ensure the safety and security of citizens, residents, and people currently visiting the UAE.
He 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.”
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), as well as the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) hae already directed the temporary closure of public and private beaches to fight the spread of the virus.