New regulations clamp down on unregistered unmanned aerial vehicles
A new set of aviation regulations passed threaten unauthorised drone pilots with anything up to a Dhs20k fine.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, rubber stamped the notion which seeks to minimise incidents which previously halted incoming flights in the UAE. Back in October, 30 incoming flights to DXB and Sharjah were halted due to the unauthorised drones buzzing around restricted airspace.
In a bid to make this a thing of the past, HH Sheikh Hamdan has confirmed all drone activity requires registration and licenses, while also needing a letter of no-objection from the Aviation Authority if conducting flights near the aviation sector. For those of you who love a bit of hot air ballooning, aerial photography or fireworks displays, getting permission to use drones is nothing more than an extension of existing regulations.
Anyone breaking the rules and flying an unregistered drone will face a Dhs1,000 slap on the wrist, just for starters. Depending on how many drones you have and where you’re flying them, that fine can quickly scale up to an eye-watering Dhs30,000. Per offense.
So if you fancy organising a massive unauthorised drone light show anywhere near the airport, or by the Burj Khalifa, you have been warned.