Free drone obstacle course coming to Dubai

Get free registration and free piloting training on October 16-17

A one-off event is coming to town in October, and if you’re a fan of drone racing then you won’t want to miss out.

The UAS Forum is coming to town on Monday October 16 and Tuesday 17, and is offering free drone training for Dubai residents, which includes training around a dedicated obstacle course – and that’s the sort of fun we don’t want to miss out on.

As one of the biggest tech trends around at the moment, there’s an awful lot of activity around the use of drones at the moment. Costa recently successfully delivered an iced coffee to kite beach by attaching it to a drone, and there has even been talk of an Amazon-like drone-based delivery service – which is capable to drop packages of under 5kg to the customer’s door within hours of placing an order.

But as more use cases become adopted, more laws are needed to make sure that all drones used in Dubai are legal and aren’t a threat to destinations in restricted airspace – like DXB or the Burj Khalifa, for example. Illegal use of drones around the airport, for example will hit registered users with a Dhs20,000 fine at the minimum – and if the device isn’t registered that will race a Dhs1,000 slap on the wrist just for starters. Depending on the offense, 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.

By heading to the UAS Forum at Palazzo Versace, hosted by Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, you can get free drone training, plus free registration of your device. While the training and registration elements of the show are limited to 200 pre-registered participants over the two days, there's an exhibition free to attend for all.

You can also find out more about the latest in drone technologies, and find out a whole bunch more about what the future holds.

It’s a free event, so head on down with your drone and Emirates ID, just be sure to fill out the form here first. You can also register for the exhibition here.

Free. Oct 16-17 8.30am-4.30pm. Palazzo Versace Hotel, Al Jafaf, www.uasforum.ae/free-drone-training-and-registration

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