Robot lifeguards to watch over Dubai beaches

Dubai Municipality launches robot-rescuer for the safety and security of beach-goers

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Robot lifeguards to watch over Dubai beaches  Mina al-Salam beach hotel could have robot lifeguards watching over beach-goers. (PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  September 5, 2016

Dubai Municipality has unveiled a 125cm tall robot to act as a lifeguard to watch over the security and safety over individuals on Dubai's public beaches.

The robot-rescuer, which is a first in the Middle East, can weights 11kg and can reach a speed of 35kph which is approximately 12 times the speed of a human lifeguard. It works by using remote control technology is equipped with an electric pump for movement and speed, similar to a small speed boat.

On a full charge the robot is capable of carrying out 30 rescue operations, pulling out four to five people at the same time, according to Dubai Municipality.

Alya Al Harmoudi, director of the environment department at Dubai Municipality, said: "The move is also in response to Dubai government directives to keep up with the latest technologies and innovations in this area as well as to ensure that all the necessary requirements and precautions are in place to enhance the rescue operations on the public beaches of Dubai." 

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