UAE stops drone flying operations until further notice

Non-compliance with the order can be punishable with a fine of Dh100,000 and even imprisonment



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Published: Mon 21 Feb 2022, 5:28 PM

Last updated: Mon 21 Feb 2022, 6:13 PM

The UAE’s Ministry of Interior has extended its decision to stop all flying operations of drones and light sports aircraft.

The decision, taken in coordination with the General Authority for Civil Aviation, applies to owners, practitioners and enthusiasts “until further notice”.

The decision was first announced last month after authorities spotted “misuse of drones, not limiting the practice of these sports to the areas identified in the user permits and trespassing into areas where these types of activities are prohibited”.

The ministry reminded residents that non-compliance with the order can be punishable with a fine of Dh100,000 and even imprisonment.

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The ministry said the regulations related to the use of drones are being reviewed and amended.

Companies that have contracts or commercial/advertising projects that rely on filming using drones must approach the permit authorities to get necessary exceptions and permits.


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