Time Out Dubai

Robot lifeguards will soon be 'patrolling' Dubai's popular beaches. Announced by Dubai Municipality on Monday, it was revealed that the 'robot rescuer' would be able swim at 12 times the speed of a human, ensuring a swift arrival at those in trouble in the water. 

Announced by Dubai Municipality on Monday, it was revealed that the 'robot rescuer' would be able swim at 12 times the speed of a human, ensuring a swift arrival at those in trouble in the water. 

Controlled by remote control from dry land, they can carry up to 30 rescue operating without having to be recharged. 
 
Standing at a little over a metre, and weighing in at just 11kg, they are easily transportable from their base to the water's edge.

Speaking through the national news agency WAM, Alya Al Harmoudi, Director of the Environment Department at Dubai Municipality, said, "The move is also in response to Dubai government directives to keep up with the latest technologies and innovations in this area as well as to ensure that all the necessary requirements and precautions are in place to enhance the rescue operations on the public beaches of Dubai."

Similar devices (pictured) have been in use for a few years in the USA. Known as EMILY (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard), the battery-powered floatation is able to provide buoyancy for up to six people at any one time.