Dubai Harbour introduces UAE’s 1st floating waste collector PixieDrone

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Dubai Harbour introduces PixieDrone

Dubai Harbour, an extraordinary seafront district, inspired by its connection to the sea, designed for a maritime lifestyle, has introduced the UAE’s first ever PixieDrone, in a move to welcome a new wave of green innovation. 

Fitted with a video camera and remote sensing LIDAR technology, the PixieDrone can access small areas and spaces, as it helps sort waste including organic waste, plastics, glass, metal, paper, cloth, rubber and more. It has a 160-litre collection capacity, with up to six hours of operation in autonomous mode. It is also fully compatible with salt water and fresh water.

A mark of technological innovation and efficiency, the floating waste collector operates as a remote-controlled autonomous drone that identifies debris on the water’s surface, intercepts it and stores it in an expansive collection tank to be discarded by other means. Its integration into Dubai Harbour becomes a supporting asset for clearing clutter and unattended waste across the UAE’s waters and shores.

Introduced by The Searial Cleaners, a French company pioneering efficient solutions for marinas, resorts, docks, and public places, the PixieDrone is approximately 1.62 meters long by 1.15 meters wide and is relatively compact when compared to other clean-up robots.

This green initiative is in line with the district’s ambition to reduce carbon footprints and support Dubai’s net zero strategy. As a one-of-a-kind destination, Dubai Harbour is expected to attract a wide range of locally and internationally renowned events all year round, including the Dubai International Boat Show. The events will play a key role in rekindling the city’s connection to the sea, providing additional ways for people to experience their own maritime journey.

The district’s unique backdrop, iconic vista, and accessible location are combined with a wide range of living, retail, and hospitality choices, as well as comprehensive berthing facilities, making it the region’s most unique lifestyle offering.

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