Israeli drone firm Airobotics eyes smart city deal in Dubai

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Israel-based drone-in-a-box supplier, Airobotics, said it is in the process of signing its first contract in Dubai following the normalisation of relations between Tel Aviv and the UAE, according to a report by Reuters news agency.

Airobotics has already deployed drones in Singapore, where police used unmanned systems to enforce social distancing measures at the height of the COVID pandemic.

“Dubai is definitely an early adopter in terms of smart cities and generally in innovation. So this is a great place for us to implement our … technology,” Airobotics CEO Ran Krauss told Reuters.

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Krauss said he also expects to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to begin urban flying in the US soon.

“Once the regulation is in place we can start seeing drones doing the things that we’ve all dreamed about,” he told the news agency.

“We are already flying around urban areas in Israel, in Singapore and we’re going to be starting to fly in Dubai over urban areas.”

Krauss said that the Abraham Accords deal will lead to “a lot of connection made between [Israel and Arab countries] in the next several months.”

Airobotics is currently preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) listing in Tel Aviv in April.

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