Dubai Drone Laws (2019)

Dubai Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Dubai

  1. General Dubai Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In Dubai
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In Dubai
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General Dubai Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Dubai, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. To be able to import and use your drone in Dubai you need to register your information on the official website of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and request a flight license according to the dates of the use of the drone.

Dubai has some of its own drone laws

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 400 feet
  • You must fly your drone within visual line of sight at all times
  • Do not fly your drone near public and private property
  • Do not fly your drone with a camera or video recording device attached to it
  • Do not fly within 50 meters of buildings, people, or vehicles not associated with the operation of the drone
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone within 5km of airports, in areas where aircraft are operating, or around helipads
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited
  • You must register your drone and have it authorized prior to flying in the United Arab Emirates (see below)
  • You can download the UAE Drone Fly Zone Map from the iTunes and Google Play store for a guide of where you can and cannot fly your drone

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

Mandatory registration and authorization is required for recreational drone use in Dubai. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Dubai. Click here to purchase a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.

You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered ""dangerous goods"" by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.

Here is some video footage shot by Swedrone Aerial when flying a drone in Dubai.

Buying Drones In Dubai

Read all of our Dubai Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Dubai. It includes information on drones for sale in Dubai, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Drone Travel Guide

Dubai drone laws are up to date as of May 15th, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.

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