An Emiratee police officer stands next to a motorcycle at the Gitex 2017 exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai on October 8, 2017. / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE
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From flying taxis to Batman-style surveillance motorcycles, Dubai's GITEX expo this week showcased innovations that were symbols of the city-state's ambitions to be a metropolis of the future.Known for its futuristic skyline and artificial islands, Gulf emirate Dubai has carved out a place alongside cities like Singapore as a hub for innovative ideas.At this year's 37th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), which runs until Thursday, city authorities were keen to show off that they remain on the cutting edge.The undisputed star of the expo, which has more than 4,000 companies from 71 countries participating, was Dubai's flying taxi project.This would be especially useful at Dubai International Airport, which retained its position as the world's busiest hub for international passengers in 2016, handling 83.6 million travelers.
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