United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (left) and his son, Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, watch an aerial drone during Virtual Future Exhibition in Dubai Feb. 9. Photo: Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters
The United Arab Emirates government is in the process of testing a fleet of small, unpiloted flying drones designed to get official documents and packages like driver’s licenses, ID cards and permits into the hands of citizens.
According to a Reuters report, the plan is aimed at “upgrad[ing] government services,” although technological showmanship seems to be a motivator here as well. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is in the UAE.