Dubai motorist leaves car in road 'to chase Pokémon'

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has warned such games are a potential danger

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By  Staff Writer Published  July 18, 2016

A motorist in Dubai left his car in the middle of the road to chase a virtual Pokémon character, according to a report.

It prompted an eyewitness to call for new rules regulating the use of the hugely popular Japanese smartphone app.

Emirati Ahmad Abdul Rahman told Gulf News he was driving along Dubai's Jumeirah Road when he saw a young man stop his car in the middle of the road and, waving his smartphone, ‘chase' a Pokémon character down the street.

Abdul Rahman said: "I was in complete shock. He put himself and other road users in a lot of danger for a silly game."I think it's time for some rules and regulations regarding this game because it seems to be getting out of control."

The incident, which took place last week, Gulf News said, comes as authorities in the UAE and Kuwait issue warnings over the safety and security of the app.

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said in a statement on Sunday that electronic games requesting users' geographical locations could be abused by hackers and other criminals.

Meanwhile Kuwait's interior ministry warned users against pointing their cameras at royal palaces, mosques, oil facilities or military bases.

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