Suhoor meals will be delivered to mosques and surrounding areas with the help of drones during the holy month of Ramadan, according to a new initiative by The Community Development Authority in Dubai.
The new project, known as ‘Their Suhoor is On Us’, will enlist approximately 700 volunteers in a bid to raise awareness around the importance of Suhoor (pre-dawn) meals. Food will be distributed to labourers, reinforcing the importance of voluntary work and encouraging the community and surrounding organisations towards social service and responsibility.
Halima Mohammed, the head of the CDA Youth Council, recently called on more people to volunteer and noted that involving people with determination was important, and they had to find ways to allow them to participate in distributing meals. She added that people with determination will supervise carrying these meals and monitor their delivery.
Khalfan Obeid, a technical consultant at Dronetek – who designed the unmanned aerial vehicles system, said this innovative idea will use stored maps and target locations to follow specified routes and delivery the food to the assigned locations. And with almost eight charging batteries on hand, the drones will be able to carry almost 10kgs of meals in just one trip.
Last year, it was announced that the market for drones in the GCC is predicted to reach $1.5bn by 2022.
The report by Strategy& – formerly Booz & Company, stated that the use of drones is beginning to expand beyond the military sector, and has significantly increased in the commercial space in recent years.