Dubai: Permits for drone-related activities suspended until further notice

Drone operators need an NOC from the DCAA to fly the UAVs in the Emirate



Image used for illustrative purpose. Photographer: James MacDonald/Bloomberg
Image used for illustrative purpose. Photographer: James MacDonald/Bloomberg

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 18 Jan 2022, 11:45 AM

Last updated: Tue 18 Jan 2022, 10:52 PM

All no-objection certificates (NOCs) and permits for drone-related activities in Dubai have been suspended “until further notice”.

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) sent a message about the suspension to all those who had previously received the NOCs.

“Please note also that new and pending applications for all drone-related activities are currently put on hold,” the authority said.

It did not mention a reason for the suspension.

In Dubai, drone operators need an NOC from the DCAA to fly the 'Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' (UAVs). The NOC is needed for flying a drone:

  • During an event;
  • For commercial purposes;
  • For aerial filming or advertising purposes;
  • For personal non-commercial use.

On the DCAA website, when applicants apply for any drone-related service, this message pops up: “Sorry, this service is temporarily suspended until further notice.”

Drone permits and NOCs usually get “instant approvals”, according to FAQs posted on the DCAA website. “However some terms and conditions may apply, due to nature of service scope.”

Drone registrations are valid for one year unless otherwise stated.

sahim@khaleejtimes.com

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