#ICYMI: Dubai's top headlines of the week

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A round-up of the news stories you may have missed over the previous seven days.

1) Dubai’s flying taxis unveiled

Who would have thought we’d experience The Jetsons in our lifetime?

But by the end of the year, trial runs are expected to begin on the world’s first automated aerial taxis (AAT).

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has partnered with the German firm Volocopter to introduce these bad boys to the emirate. And this week, the Dubai Media Office shared a preview of just how they might look in the sky.

Powered by electricity, these two-seater AATs will be equipped with 18 rotors and nine battery systems that can be charged within 40 minutes. They will undergo test flights over the next five years to determine safety.

Would you take one?

2) Bitcoin alternative launched in Dubai

Move over, Bitcoin. A new cryptocurrency launched in Dubai this week, and apparently it’s backed by ‘real’ economic activity.

Malaysia company Farad is behind this cryptoken, a type of digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of its units. Bitcoin, of course, is the most commonly known one.

One FRD will be equivalent to $12.50, with the first buy-back date expected on 20 March, 2018.

“Each capacitor production is recorded on the Blockchain, giving transparency as to what is happening in the factory. In this system, because it’s a public record, it’s transparent. When the buyback happens, it’s equally transparent,” Andreas Kristof, Chief Technology Supervisor, Farad Program told Gulf News.

3) Dubai has the longest line of photographs

We do love a good record, don’t we? On Wednesday, UAE residents helped Dubai set a new Guinness World Record for the longest line of photographs.

Donated by members of the public, the line of pictures measures 1,655.192 metres’ long. It’s on display in the atrium of Dubai Festival City until August 16.

“Families and children have always been at the heart of Guinness World Records and we take great pride to be a part of this unique and memorable experience that showcases moments of happiness shared by families and loved ones,” said Talal Omar, Guinness World Records country manager, MENA.

4) #SaidNoOneintheUAEever becomes number one trending topic on Twitter

And finally, every now and then comes along a hashtag that starts trending and gets what seems like every UAE Twitter user involved. The results are usually hilarious.

And this one is no different, as #SaidNoOneintheUAEever started to pick up speed on the Twitterverse this week. We’ll leave you with the funniest tweets we’ve come across:

And even brands got in on it...


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