122m max height
Register all drones
Don't fly near airports
Only line of sight
All Drone Laws in the United Arab Emirates for 2020 (Ultimate Guide)
Dubai is an excellent destination for drone pilots and drone enthusiasts. Two public entities are involved in the drone registration process. General Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) have strict laws for anyone flying drones. Both of the authorities can issue out permits.
Registrations slightly vary from emirate to emirate however, GCAA is trying to crack on any shops selling off drones as toys by exploiting the loopholes.
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Are drones legal in UAE?
Yes, drones are legal in the UAE, but you need to follow some rules. First of all make sure to contact the officials regarding drone flight and check their site if you're a traveller.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)
The authority of the GCAA covers all areas in Dubai.
Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
What are the drone laws in Dubai?
How to Apply for a GCAA certificate for your drone
What is the application procedure for a recreational drone with GCAA?
- The applicant will submit the details such as national ID, photo of drone, etc at the E-Services system, available at the www.gcaa.gov.ae system. Applications can also be done on the “My drone hub” app.
- GCAA reviews registration documentation.
- On approval, the applicant receives a notification via email.
- The registration process is free.
Where can I fly my drone in the United Arab Emirates?
Using the app My Drone Hub, you can identify the areas that are restricted to drone flight. It is mainly aimed at recreational drone users. The app also helps with:
- Registering your drone – (a matter of minutes)
- Your permit applications
- Maintain drone certifications within your app
- Receive live updates
You need a UAE mobile number to properly operate this app. Another online website that shows all the no-fly zones here.
Requirements for flying a commercial drone
For commercial use start by registering a company and its drones. Pursue a license and a permit so you can fly in restricted zones.
Perform a test on this link.
How to register a commercial drone
Start by filling out and completing the following form.
Here are the other attachments required:
- A Security clearance
- UA operator registration license, fill here then send to email@example.com
- Option to subscribe to UAE publications.
In about 3 weeks there will be feedback on the position of your application.
Is there a penalty for drone violations?
The fine for not heeding the authority’s warning is anything from Dh2,000-
What are my top drones to fly safely in UAE?
My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.
1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)
2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall
DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.