Drone regulations in the United Arab Emirates
Last update on 03.11.2023 | 2 Kommentare
In this post, we’ll explain to you which laws in the United Arab Emirates apply to the use of drones.
The legal situation differs within the United Arab Emirates, which makes it difficult to keep an overview.
You must always register your drone at the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), regardless of the purpose of the flight. Private pilots may not use cameras during the flight! The catch is that you can only register with an “Emirates ID”. This makes it practically impossible for tourists to register and legally operate their drone.
Also, there is also a separate registration process for Dubai. If you’re traveling to Dubai, you’ll need to register your drone at www.dcaa.gov.ae. To register, you will need a local mobile number to which a confirmation code will be sent by SMS. It’s best to buy a prepaid card in the city. To register, you first create a user on the platform. After registration, you have to log in and then register your Copter under the icon “UAV / UAS / RPAS Registration.” Unfortunately, I do not know if further registration with the GCAA is required.
Overview: Drone rules in United Arab Emirates
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Further regulations for drone pilots in the UAE
In the United Arab Emirates, drone flights are only permitted within visual range.
From a weight of 5 kilograms, a copter may only be operated on the premises of a model flying club.
For FPV flights, the frequency regulations 29.7-47.0 MHz with max. 10 mW and 2400-2500 MHz with max. 100 mW are permitted.
Commercial pilots must pass a GCAA exam and have a GCAA UAS/drones Registration Certificate.
We also recommend that you only fly in the United Arab Emirates with valid drone liability insurance.
Safety distances and flight bans
You must maintain a distance of 5 kilometers from the perimeter of airports and heliports at all times.
You may not fly a copter closer than 50 meters to buildings, uninvolved persons and vehicles.
The operation of drones is only permitted in daylight.
Drones weighing more than 25 kilograms may only be flown by pilots who are at least 21 years old.
We have researched the drone regulations for the United Arab Emirates listed here to the best of our knowledge. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, contact the relevant aviation authority. Alternatively, you can ask the embassy in Germany for more information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment if you have any news and/or have had any experiences with your copter in the United Arab Emirates!