In addition to being home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and biggest shopping malls, Dubai has also carved out a well-deserved reputation for being willing to go big with the latest emerging technology.
Here are our picks for Dubai’s most exciting tech innovations.
Firefighters with jetpacks
The saying “fight fire with fire” doesn’t mean much in Dubai. Instead, they prefer to do their firefighting with jetpacks.
Autonomous drone taxis
Although it’s not yet available commercially, the 18-rotor flying drone promises to be the eco-friendly, electrically-powered transportation solution of tomorrow. While most cities are still caught up wondering about regular self-driving cars, Dubai is busy putting self-driving flying cars through their paces.
A real-life Robocop
According to the Smart Services division of the Dubai police, such humanoid robots will make up an entire quarter of the local police force by 2030.
Autonomous police cars
Most importantly, they can act as portable surveillance systems to search for wanted individuals or vehicles, or suspicious objects left unattended. The “cars” themselves are more like a child’s pedal car in size and have a top speed of just 9.3 mph, but they boast the same LIDAR and sensing technology as larger autonomous vehicles.
The tallest building in existence
What kind of supercity of the future would Dubai be without laying claim to the world record for world’s tallest skyscraper? The Burj Khalifa stands at a whopping 2,722 feet, giving it a comfortable 700 feet on the second highest building in the world.