Ooredoo Drone Race 2023 – the first-ever drone race of the Maldives, which concluded on 23rd December 2023 at Hulhumale Central Park. A total of 12 talented pilots competed in two categories, showcasing their drone racing skills. Eight pilots skilfully guided their drones through four challenging obstacles in the Sky Walker Category. At the same time, the Sky Elite Category brought more excitement as four participants navigated through 9 obstacles to finish 2 laps in the fastest time.
“We are delighted with the successful execution of the first-ever drone race in Maldives in collaboration with Stabisys Maldives. Heartfelt congratulations to all the winners from both the Sky Walker and Sky Elite categories. Building on the success of this year’s Drone Race, we are excited to further enable drone racing opportunities in the Maldives with an even more fantastic event.” Hussain Niyaz, Chief Commercial Officer of Ooredoo Maldives.
In the Sky Elite Category, Mohamed Alin Shafiu dominated, securing first place at 1:00:55 and winning a DJI Mini 3 Pro (DJI RC). Hamza Waseem claimed second place, completing the race in just 1:06:11, and securing Ooredoo 5G AirFibre Device with a 3-month (1536 GB) package, while Hussain Aloof Riyaz secured the third spot with a timing of 1:08:10, winning aMoolee Voucher worth MVR 2000.
In the Sky Walker Category, Ibrahim Shabil claimed the top spot, navigating through 4 challenging obstacles with an impressive time of 01:11:78 and securing the championship. Shabil took home the first prize—a DJI Mini 2 SE. Asham Shareef secured second place at 01:25:94, winning an Ooredoo 5G AirFibre Device with a 3-month (750GB) package. At the same time, Mifzal Ibrahim Fazeel clinched third place, crossing the finish line in 01:27:36 and receiving a Moolee Voucher worth MVR 1000.
“We, at Stabisys Maldives, as the official DJI Authorized Seller in the Maldives, take pride in the successful conclusion of the first-ever drone race in the Maldives, in partnership with Ooredoo Maldives. We extend our gratitude to all participants and everyone who supported us, contributing to the success of this event and eagerly anticipate the growth of FPV racing in the Maldives.” Ibrahim Nihad, Managing Director of Stabisys Maldives.
“Today marks the inception of a new dimension in the drone hobby, fostering excitement among RC enthusiasts. As a seasoned RC hobbyist for over two decades, I foresee this event catalysing a surge in thrilling racing contests, expanding the horizons of RC events nationwide. Beyond drone racing, this event opens doors for diverse model aircraft activities, paving the way for inclusive and entertaining RC events. Thanks to forward-thinking organisations like Ooredoo, today’s success is a milestone and a precursor to innovative opportunities in RC hobbies.” Ali Naeem, Race Director of Ooredoo Drone Race.
Ooredoo Maldives and Stabisys Maldives expressed their unwavering commitment to fostering the growth of drone racing in the Maldives. The success of the Ooredoo Drone Race 2023 marks the beginning of an exciting journey, and both entities are dedicated to bringing more exhilarating events and opportunities to the Maldivian community.