UAE bans drones: fines, jail time; everything you need to know – News

A new decision has been made due to the misuse of unmanned aerial vehicles

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Published: Sun Jan 23, 2022 4:54 PM

Last update: Sun Jan 23, 2022 10:58 PM

The UAE Ministry of Interior has banned drones and light sport planes for owners, practitioners and enthusiasts.

The new decision, which came into effect on January 22, was taken due to the misuse of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as drone operators had not restricted the practice of the sport to identified areas and entered in places where this activity is prohibited. .

As a result of individuals violating UAV laws, authorities have had to shut down airspace in the past until the plane can take off and land safely.

Who can operate/fly drones?

According to the latest notification from the Home Office published on Saturday January 22, companies that have contracts or commercial/advertising projects that rely on filming using drones should contact the licensing authorities in the country to obtain the exceptions and permissions necessary to perform their work. and projects.

However, individuals are not permitted to use UAVs for recreational purposes.

Last week, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority also announced the suspension of all No Objection Certificates (NOCs) and permits for drone-related activities in the emirate until further notice. In Dubai, drone operators need a DCAA NOC to fly drones.

where you can’t fly

In March 2021, Dubai Municipality banned the flight of drones over parks in the emirate. Additionally, individuals and drone enthusiasts are not permitted to operate drones in residential areas due to the privacy of residents.

In addition, piloting drones is prohibited in residential areas, sensitive areas such as airports and large installations intended for defense, telecommunications companies.

How much is the fine?

Under Article 69 of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, a person can be imprisoned for one year and fined up to 50,000 Dhs – or either penalties – for violating the following rules relating to UAVs: flying without authorization or permit from the competent authority; pilot an aircraft without holding the required certificate, licenses or authorizations; fly an airplane while intoxicated; cause damage to aeronautical communication facilities or ground navigation aids; and for failing to enter required information in aircraft documents or records or for altering such information.


Under Article 70, people can be imprisoned for three years and fined up to Dh100,000 – or either penalty – for stealing without bearing nationality and identity marks. register or display incorrect or ineligible markings; flying it above the prohibited zone; for not having complied with an order to land the aircraft in flight; land or take off from areas other than designated locations; and to fly drones without authorization and carry on board weapons, ammunition of war or to commit an act of smuggling among others.

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