Dubai Municipality strikes MoU with DIEZ for Dubai Horizons System

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Officials during the signing ceremony | Courtesy: Dubai Media Office

Dubai Municipality has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones (DIEZ) Authority as part of the Dubai Horizons System, which organizes routes in low-altitude airspace and drone landing locations.

Under this MoU, the parties will provide the infrastructure of servers and geographic databases which are required to store the data, 3D charts and publish them on the appropriate systems.

The MoU supports the aspirations of Dubai in the field of air mobility and achieving objectives and strategies of Dubai Municipality for the Dubai Horizons System with regard to planning routes for drones, airport locations, and low-altitude airspace landing locations, based on the partners’ experiences in civil aviation requirements and policies related to it, and the Municipality’s expertise in urban planning.

Ms. Mariam Al Muhairi, Acting CEO of the Buildings Regulation and Permits Agency at Dubai Municipality said that, “The agreements and strategic partnerships related to the Dubai Horizons System are in line with the aspirations of the Emirate of Dubai in the field of infrastructure for the aviation sector and the locations of airports and runways designated for drones.”

“It ensures development services related to this sector and reinforces the attractiveness, leadership, and competitiveness of Dubai and its leading position in the industry. The MoU further supports the strategic cooperation and exchange of experiences and knowledge in the various fields of work of Dubai Municipality and ‘DIEZ’, and benefits from the joint services provided that enhance the Municipality’s efforts in adopting and supporting leading solutions in geographic information systems,” Ms. Al Muhairi added.

Further, the MoU states sharing databases, geographical digital information, and 3D charts, which indicates the planning standards for low-altitude airspace in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Both parties will also exchange data and digital information related to route planning for drones and the locations of landing in low-altitude airspace.

Eng. Muammar Al Katheeri, Chief Officer of Engineering & Sustainability at Dubai Integrated Economic Zone (DIEZ) stated that, “This step aligns with the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority’s commitment to enhancing cooperation and coordination with various government entities in Dubai and the UAE. The aim is to provide the necessary facilities and support for Dubai’s future plans in aviation and other sectors.

“This endeavor seeks to strengthen the investment environment of Dubai, consolidating its reputation as a global role model. The collaboration with Dubai Municipality showcases our dedication to contributing to the growth and future development of Dubai. This partnership strives to improve the quality of life and enhance the emirate’s global competitiveness, in line with the Dubai Urban Plan 2040,” commented Eng. Al Katheeri.

The MoU further stipulates that DIEZ is also committed to supporting Dubai Municipality in this project, including assistance with the mechanisms for implementing the pilot phase related to planning drone routes and low-altitude airspace landing locations.

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