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UAE developing drones for citizen services

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An adviser to Dubai's ruler says the United Arab Emirates intends to develop drone technology for government services and has launched a $1 million international competition for the best innovative use of unmanned aircraft to help improve the lives of people.

Noah Raford, who is an American adviser to the office of UAE Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Emirates is already experimenting with drones and looking at prototypes to deliver documents, like national identification cards and driving licenses, to citizens.

Raford says the UAE hopes to see drones in the sky by early next year.

Online retailer Amazon.com grabbed headlines last year when its CEO Jeff Bezos said the company is testing package delivery using drones.

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