Innovating for the greater good: Thuraya and Etisalat deploy drones to fast track humanitarian assistance

“Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.” - Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO, Amazon

What drives the progress of humankind? The answer is simple: the extraordinary desire to innovate everyday existence. 

Countries like the United Arab Emirates are at the forefront in adapting innovative ideas and exciting technologies into practical solutions in order to improve people’s lives.  Great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, anytime! 

To foster innovation and ingenuity, the UAE government instituted the Drones for Good Award in January this year, mobilizing creative minds to provide technological solutions using drones to modern day issues.

Launching the award program, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai stated: “We want to reach to people before they reach us. We want to save time, to shorten distances, to increase effectiveness and to make services easier.”


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at the Etisalat - Thuraya pavilion along with His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidency Affairs

For us, at Thuraya, innovation is not just a philosophy, but a way of life. We believe that innovation, social entrepreneurship and commitment go hand in hand. It was our pioneering spirit that drove us to spearhead space and satellite technology in the UAE.  This intrinsic need to innovate and excel is inexorably tied to the company’s overall purpose of Saving and Improving Lives.

Indeed, over the years, we have transformed the most sophisticated technologies into smart, simple and effective solutions to keep our customers connected, even in locations beyond the reach of terrestrial GSM networks.


Thuraya's satellite communications solutions are drone-compatible! 

Thuraya’s innovative spirit was on full display at the Drones for Good competition where we collaborated with Etisalat, the UAE’s ace telecom operator, and won the coveted award for the UAE Government Entities.  


Etisalat and Thuraya are the proud winners

About Drones & Satcom Technology     
Drone technology can be combined with Thuraya’s satellite system to save lives by linking remote, inaccessible locations, such as disasters areas, off-shore oil rigs or ocean vessels.


Thuraya's products and services save lives in the remotest outposts of the world

Connected through Thuraya network, the Etisalat drones deliver high-grade medical diagnostic tools to emergency sites, enabling non-medically trained individuals to administer basic medical procedures under real-time supervision by doctors connected wirelessly to the emergency site from hospitals, remotely executing life-saving decisions in real-time. Thuraya’s specialized solutions are used to track the drones’ whereabouts.

Thuraya is already active in remote regions to deliver humanitarian assistance during emergencies such as disasters and pandemics. We are committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. 

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