Drone users will have to apply to registration cards as of May, it has been revealed
The announcement was made by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and came at the same time as it was revealed 15 different parts of the city have been marked as either no-fly zones or 'sensitive' to the unmanned vehicles.
The DCAA have revealed five different types of registration depending on the user, all with various levels of access to the skies. The categories of crd include one for government entities, commercial organisations, professional video/photography use, temporary registration for tourists, and private.
The areas affected include Dubai International Airport, Al Minhad Air Base, The Palm close to Skydive Dubai and Al Maktoum Airport (all no-fly zones), as well as Downtown Dubai around the Burj Khalifa and the Skydive Dubai desert campus (permission required).
It is the first major announcement regarding UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) since last April, when recreational drones straying into flight paths at Dubai airport led to the grounding of passenger planes, and subsequent inforcing of a law. The shutting down of UAE airspace costs the economy Dh3.7 million per minute, according to The National.
"We do not want a repeat of the incident last year where there was an intrusion close to the Dubai Airport," a spokesman told the World Aviaton Safety Summit. "We are the only country in the world to have set up a similar system. Others are still in the process of studying and finalising a similar mechanisms.
"Anyone intending to use [drones] for any commercial and hobby activity must gain permission from the DCAA. Otherwise they will be violating the law."
Registrations will be accepted and processed within 72 hours, although a training element is expected to form part of it.
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