Teen Wins World Drone Prix, Dubai Announces ‘World Future Sports’ Games

This past weekend, a 15-year-old pilot from England was announced as the winner of the first ever World Drone Prix, hosted in Dubai. The winner took home a prize of $250,000. At the conclusion of the games, Dubai also announced that it plans to host the World Future Sports Games.

The set-up of the World Drone Prix included four pilots at a time swooping through twelve laps of an aerial course, with Dubai’s futuristic skyline in the background. Dubai clearly took the games seriously – pilots were supplied with F1-style racing overalls as they maneuvered the course, using VR headsets to the see the point-of-view camera feeds from their drones. Luke Bannister of Tornado X-Blades Banni UK ended up taking the victory. Check out some of the action in the video.

Continuing it’s reputation as a technologically progressive and forward-looking city, at the event Dubai announced that it plans to host a World Future Sports Games in December 2017. That event will include “robotic swimming, running, wrestling and car racing,” according to Associated Press. And of course that also includes drone racing.

Elizabeth Ciobanu

I cover breaking news in the drone industry, interview experts in the field to learn from them for myself, and to help spread the love of drones.

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