‘UAE Drones for Good Award’ attracts international participation

More than 800 entries received from 57 countries

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‘UAE Drones for Good Award’ attracts international participation Al Gergawi: "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".
By  Helen Gaskell Published  January 21, 2015

‘The UAE Drones for Good Award' has received more than 800 local, Arab and international entries ahead of the semi-final show, which will feature live demonstrations in Dubai next month.

The award received submissions from 57 countries around the world led by Spain with 62 entries, followed by the United States with 47 and India with 34 entries. Among the Arab countries, Saudi Arabia topped the list with 18 entries, which is followed by Egypt with 8 entries.

His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, minister of Cabinet Affairs, said that the number of quality entries highlights the success of the Award in promoting innovation around the world. It has also encouraged the use of technology to create happiness in the society and improve people's lives.

"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," H.E. Al Gergawi said.

H.E. Al Gergawi said the global response to the award also reflects the successful efforts of the UAE government in meeting the requirements of future governments by providing exceptional solutions focused on innovation and the use of technology for civil and peaceful means.

Among the main sectors covered by the entries in the international competition of the award, relief services topped the list, accounting for 20% of the entries. Civil defense services ranked second accounting for 15%, followed by economic development and the environment at 14%, respectively, and logistics accounting for 13%.

The substantial number of entries providing services in the health sector made it 11% of the entries. Up to 9% of the entries were related to the field of humanitarian services, while 4% were focused on education.

Colombia and Poland contributed 15 projects each, and the United Kingdom 11 projects, whereas Australia, Austria, Brazil, Pakistan and Egypt each had 8 entries. Canada and Chile contributed with 7 entries each.

The list of participating countries includes Azerbaijan, Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and South Korea from Asia, while Algeria, Egypt, Libya, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tunisia constituted the countries from Africa.

The European entries were from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, and Turkey.

From South America, entries came from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru. Entries from Central America were from Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Posts were also from the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

At the global level, the award has received 154 entries from educational institutions with strong presence from the UAE universities, as well as international universities such as MIT, Stanford, and the University of Sanjulata.

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