Monday, November 29, 2021

United Arab Emirates will test self-driving cars on public roads

The UAE will be the first Middle Eastern country and the second globally to test self-driving cars on public roads, said UAE Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Tuesday.

“The UAE will be the first Middle Eastern country and the second globally to test self-driving cars,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

The UK recently became the world’s first jurisdiction to allow driverless cars on roadways. The UAE cabinet approved a temporary permission to test self-driving vehicles on UAE roads.

If the ministry adopts the technology in coordination with relevant authorities, it will submit a report to the cabinet for permanent approval. Sheikh Mohammed also approved the rules for granting residency to retired foreigners in the UAE.

“We welcome everyone,” stated Dubai’s Ruler. The UAE authorised proposals for people aged 55 and over to obtain a five-year retirement visa.

Non-citizens having at least one property worth Dh1 million (Rs46,390,070), a bank deposit worth Dh1 million (Rs8,350,212), or an active yearly income of Dh180,000 (Rs8,350,212) can apply for the visa.

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