Drones are all the rage in Dubai with many tech-savvy hobbyists and aerial photography enthusiasts investing in one. Photographers use it to take amazing photos that wouldn’t normally be possible without booking a helicopter; some Dubai residents even have ‘drone racing’ competitions. But here’s the thing – using a drone requires some knowledge of the law otherwise you might run into trouble with the authorities, facing heavy fines and even jail time.
Here are some laws in the UAE regarding flying drones:
DON’T fly it over airports
A quick Google search on “drone closes down airport” shows the large financial impact drone intrusions over airports have. According to the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, “It is illegal to fly your unmanned aircraft over a congested area. Also stay well clear of airports and airfields.”
Time and again, a drone closes down airports around the UAE causing inconvenience to travelers and air traffic. Don’t be that person that everybody will come to despise.
DON’T lose sight of your drone
The DCAA also advises that your drone always has to be ‘within your sight’.
DON’T go higher than Dubai World Trade Centre or in other words, don’t go higher than 400ft. According to the law, you’re also not allowed to bring the drone within 50m of a person, vehicle, building, or structure.
As an additional note, NEVER fly your drone above groups of people.
DON’T take photos Without consent that is. Privacy is a big one for drones and in a secure city such as Dubai, flying one around someone’s house can be considered as ‘tresspassing’ breach of that person’s privacy.
DON’T skimp on maintenance
Always check your drone’s current condition before taking flight. Make sure if every component is in working order. The last thing you want is your thousands worth of investment crashing down and being a danger to those nearby.