The first World Drone Prix Event will be held at Skydive Dubai this March.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE, the World Organisation of Racing Drones (W.O.R.D) is proud to announce the World Drone Prix Dubai 2016.
The World Drone Prix event will mark the first drone racing event in an annual calendar of global drone racing competitions organized by the World Organization of Racing Drones to promote the advancement of drone sport and drone technology.
The World Organization of Racing Drones is the first official regulatory authority for the sport of drone racing, joining together a community of drone racers, fans, and manufacturers from around the globe, to advance a sport that is unlike any other, and the first sport to truly merge technology advancement with human capability.
The World Drone Prix will be taking place at Skydive Dubai on the 11th and 12th of March, giving spectators an unparalleled opportunity to witness the largest competition between unmanned aerial vehicles, navigating a custom-built course at speeds of over 100km/hr.
The World Drone Prix will welcome over 100 drone racing teams from across the globe to Dubai. Following a series of pre-qualifying events held in in Los Angeles, Seoul, Berlin and cities across China this year, in edition to an ‘American Idol’-style video-qualifier program, teams will arrive in Dubai to compete for 32 top spots for the grand prix race.
All teams will compete in two days of qualifying races on March 7th and 8th, after which the top 32 teams will be selected to advance to the final World Drone Prix races held on March 11th and 12th.
Sponsored by Skydive Dubai, X Dubai, Dubai Calendar and RTA, the World Drone Prix boasts a total prize money of one million US dollars. Prize money will be distributed across up to 19 categories, including: Best Track Team, Best Lap Time, Best Free-style Team and Best Constructor. A Best Team award will also be granted, based on crowd voting.
The World Drone Prix will be the largest drone racing event ever held, many times larger than any previous race, and will be the first drone racing event to feature a custom-built, physical track.
The World Drone Prix event is also the first drone racing event to recognize the drone racing teams supporting the drone pilot.