A Novadem NX 110 drone flies during a presentaion at a firefighter rescue centre in Les Pennes-Mirabeau, southern France, on August 28, 2014. The Novadem NX 110 drone will be used as a surveillance drone by the firefighters in the Bouches-du-Rhone region to survey wildfires, floodings and rescue operations. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS

Dubai makes licenses mandatory for all drone users

To curb the rising drone intrusions in restricted airspace, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) is bracing down on rogue drones by imposing mandatory license for drone operators. The authority has directed that people will be permitted to access a drone only if they own a license. So they should apply for the permit at the earliest. As per the new directions, which will be effective from May 1, retail outlets in the emirates, including dark commercial centers like Dragon Mart, won't be able to offer drones unless the purchaser has finished the DCAA enrollment procedure to obtain a permit. "People will be able to purchase drones at any retail outlets in Dubai, but they won't be allowed to take it out from the store unless they have a permit," Michael Rudolph, head of airspace safety, aviation safety and0 environment sector, DCAA, said. The buyers will have to undergo a

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Can regulatory hacking strategy boost Dubai 10-yr ahead of other cities?

A workshop on Regulatory Hacking Program was jointly organized by Dubai 10X, an initiative by Dubai Future Foundation, and global business, incubator 1776, on April 10 in Dubai to embrace disruptive innovation. At least 36 Dubai government entities participated in the program, which was backed by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. The workshop was aimed to educate Dubai government about flexibility in the administrative barriers involved in the startup job culture. Participants were educated about policy-making procedures in Dubai and how government elements can work with the startup ecosystem for better growth in the market. Basically, the Regulatory Hacking Program was planned to investigate arrangement making strategies and see how to approach improvement can be utilized to make a guide for arrangements to supplement the new administrations and activities which will be produced by 10X groups. "The Regulatory Hacking Program

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Nokia 9 may cost AED 2000 in the UAE, to be released at the end of Q3 2017

HMD's upcoming flagship smartphone, dubbed as Nokia 9, has already created a buzz in the industry even before its release. A lot of rumors has been doing the rounds, giving us an insight about the superphone, including its release date and price in Dubai. It was earlier revealed that the device will be packed with some amazing features like an Iris scanner, Carl Zeiss cameras, and a QuadHD OLED display. The premium mobile phone is apprehended to be launched by the end of this Quarter and might be priced at 2000 AED in the UAE. It is tipped that the Nokia 9 will come with a 5.5 inch QHD 1440p OLED display and be powered by a Snapdragon 835 platform with 6GB of RAM. The much-awaited device is expected to deliver high-quality images with its 22MP dual lens Carl Zeiss rear camera and 12MP front facing camera. It will also

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Samsung S8 and S8 plus available for pre-order in UAE

Good news folks! Pre-orders for Samsung's latest flagship smartphones Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus has already started in UAE. UAE-based Jacky’s Retail started taking the pre-orders for the premium handsets from April 1, official sources revealed. Samsung Galaxy S8, which was launched on March 29, will be available in gold, black and violet colors in the UAE and will be priced at $762.67 (AED2,799). Similarly, S8 Plus will be available in gold, black and violet colors and will be sold for $844.41 (AED 3,099). Customers can place the pre-orders at Samsung brand shops in Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre and Burjuman in Dubai, Khalidiyah Mall in Abu Dhabi and MyNasseriah City Centre in Sharjah. Though the official launch is April 21, pre-booking customers will get priority for deliveries. SOUQ.com has also announced that it is accepting pre-orders of Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The offer is

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Apple to open two-storey retail store at The Dubai Mall

Apple is all set to unveil its new retail outlet at The Dubai Mall. This will be Apple's third store in the UAE. The multinational tech company had previously marked its foray into the Middle East market by opening its two Apple stores at the Mall of the Emirates and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi in 2015. With a concept of “Creativity. Connected.”, the store will focus on linking Apple’s technical expertise with the creative community of Dubai – from start-ups, local app developers and independent art galleries, to boutiques, cafes and food trucks. This is believed to be the largest of the three Apple outlets across the Middle East. Set amidst an array of dining outlets, the new store will offer customers great views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest dancing fountain. While there has been no firm announcement of an opening date, a hoarding

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Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes: It’s happening

Get the first look of the UAE Hyperloop taking shape. UAE announced the beginning of the Hyperloop project, earlier this year. With the Hyperloop people can travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi within 12 minutes. The company in charge of the project recently released the first images of the development site. A Los Angeles-based company, Hyperloop One, introduced the world’s fastest mode of transportation, the Hyperloop system, in 2015, which allows one to travel 1200 KM per hour (Faster than Boeing 747 which is 825 Kilometer per hour.) So traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi will only take about 12 minutes. At the Middle East Rail annual conference in Dubai on Tuesday (8th March 2017), Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd shared some photos on how construction is progressing at the first ever Hyperloop test site in the Nevada desert, which is 30 minutes from Las Vegas. When will the Hyperloop

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