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Apply for a drone permit in Dubai

Unmanned aircraft (Drones) are increasingly being used for recreational and commercial purposes in Dubai. However users need to be responsible and aware that drones flying near the airport can endanger aircraft safety and are therefore prohibited. Users must also respect privacy laws and avoid taking videos or pictures of people and military installations without permission.

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has regulations in place for adherence to safety and privacy standards, while using drones. These include not operating drones near airports, residential, populated and restricted areas. Drones for personal use should be flown within the perimeters of licensed aviation clubs and should be flown within the line of your sight.
Commercial drones are usually used for filming, land surveying, construction progress etc and it is recommended to hire authorized companies who can obtain the necessary permits from governmental authorities. Commercial users of drones in Dubai need to obtain a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA). This is obtained after registration, pre-assessment and prior approval from the related authority, usually Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC). Here are the steps to apply for a permit to fly a commercial drone in Dubai:

1.Register here through the DCAA website
2. After registration on the DCAA website, login and apply for the eService entitled ‘Issuing No Objection Certificate for Aerial Work’.
3.Provide coordinates, date, time of the drone flight and contact details of the drone operator
4.Depending on the commercial activity of the drone flight, submit a copy of approval from the relevant authority. For filming this would usually be Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) who in turn get approvals from the Ministry of Defence. Fees are around 3,300 and upwards depending on filming location
5.Pay additional online fees of AED 5,100 to DCAA and expect 5 working days of processing time
6.Obtain your permit to do aerial filming and fly your drone commercially.
For more information, please call DCAA on 04-2162009
 
 
Published Date : 13/06/2017Back

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