Do you own a drone in Dubai? Here are the new rules
Read this before you attempt to take those sweet aerial desert shots…
Drone users caught flying without a valid license could be slapped with a fine of up to Dhs20,000, after the approval of new civil aviation rules.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, has rubber-stamped the new penalty, which will see unregistered drone users fined between Dhs1,000 and 20,000.
The rules apply to users flying drones for recreational purposes, as well as those using them for commercial purposes.
Want to fly your drone legally in the UAE? You’ll need to register in order to get a license from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, which is valid for a renewable period of one year.
The move comes after a number of close calls at Dubai International Airport over the past year, disrupting flights and costing the UAE economy millions of dirhams.
In October, the airport was closed for more than an hour after a drone entered its airspace, resulting in 22 flights having to be diverted to other airports. The previous month, another drone resulted in the delay of 90 flights.
In June, the airport was yet again brought to a halt due to unauthorised drone activity, resulting in the airport being closed for more than an hour.
At the time it was estimated that for every minute UAE airspace is closed, it costs the economy Dhs3.7 million, The National reported.
Drones are banned from flying within five kilometres of any airport or landing area.
Here is a map of other no-fly zones in Dubai (red means it’s a no-fly zone, green means you need permission from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to fly there):