Dos and Don’ts for Drones in Dubai

High resolution videos taken by drones are slowly dominating Dubai and a lot of people are engaged in flying drones and capturing photographs and videos. However, Dubai has its rules and regulations which should be strictly followed before flying this unmanned aircraft.

1. Do Obtain the Proper Permits:

If you fly a drone in Dubai for commercial reasons, then you need to obtain a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the DCAA. You can get this certificate after you are registered with and approved by a related authority, usually Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC).

2. Don't fly over restricted areas:

There are restricted areas where you can't fly drones apart from residential areas and airports. Check restricted areas with the GCAA or DCAA.

3. Don't fly over residential areas:

For reasons of privacy, both federal and municipal authorities forbid the flying of drones over residential areas.

4. Do fly within an aviation club:

‘Drones for personal use should be flown within the perimeters of licensed aviation clubs and should be flown within the line of your sight,' according to the Government of Dubai's website.

5. Do seek advice from the government:

Make sure your drone does not fall foul of aviation regulations by consulting with the DCAA or GCAA.

6. Don't fly near airports:

It can interfere with commercial aircraft and have, in the past, caused trouble at the nation's airports. This is why flying of drones is prohibited by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA).

7. Do hire an authorised company for commercial purposes:

Hire an authorised company if you would like to film a movie using drones, as well as purposes such as land surveying, construction progress or other commercial ventures.

8. Do obtain permission before taking aerial photographs:

The key is to always seek for permission before you take any photographs in Dubai.