Dubai imposes mandatory no-fly zones for drones

New zones designed to retain control over the use of drones in the emirate
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Dubai authorities have enacted stricter rules regulating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), known as drones.

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) established four drone no-fly zones and nine areas requiring registration across Dubai, it revealed at the World Aviation Safety Summit on Monday.

The International Airport, Al Minhad Air Base, the Palm Jumeirah around Skydive Dubai and Al Maktoum Airport are now designated no-fly zones.

In addition, a permission to fly drones is required for nine other areas, including Downtown Dubai around the Burj Khalifa and the Skydive Dubai desert campus.

The latest move comes after a law regulating drone registration came into force last April, following a number of incidents such as a drone incursion resulting in the shutdown of the emirate’s airspace for nearly an hour last March.

GCAA also showcased surveillance technology, and specifically the remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS), which was developed in Dubai.

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