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You may soon see flying police motorcycles around the UAE

Visitors to Abu Dhabi and Dubai may soon see flying police motorcycles in the sky, because their governments are currently in talks around incorporating them into their fleet of police vehicles. The bikes are a cross between a drone and a motorcycle, and were developed by Hoversurf, working from the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Russia.

An Emiratee police officer with a drone motorcycle at the Gitex 2017 exhibition in Dubai. Image: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

An example of the innovative bike was recently unveiled at the Gitex 2017 exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre. It can seat a police officer or can be controlled remotely, meaning that there will be nowhere for law-breakers to hide in the future as the Hoversurf can take to the air in hot pursuit. It is being considered for use in responding to emergency situations, as it could carry a policeman over heavy traffic or to a situation happening above ground level.

The Hoversurf has four large propellers, which allow it to fly at a height of five metres for 25 minutes if mounted per battery charge. It is currently in an early phase of testing with the manufacturer, and its operating time is expected to increase as the technology develops. It can carry a weight of up to 300kg at speeds of up to 70km per hour, and can also fly without a pilot and can cover up to 6km.

An Emiratee police officer with a drone motorcycle at the Gitex 2017 exhibition in Dubai. Image: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

The development is another sign that the UAE is positioning itself as an innovative global leader in personal flying vehicles. Last month it was revealed that autonomous flying taxis in Dubai have completed their first test flight, and the Roads & Transport Authority there plans to transform 25% of all transport journeys to autonomous by 2030.