New mandatory rules for drone owners in UAE

    Manufacturers to use serial numbers according to new standards for monitoring purpose
    Rules applicable to both commercial and recreational drones. (Getty Images)
    Rules applicable to both commercial and recreational drones. (Getty Images)


    New regulatory standards for commercial and recreational use of drones have been endorsed by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (ESMA), including a surveillance system for detecting unmanned aerial vehicles in the UAE, according to a WAM report.

    Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of State, chairman of ESMA board of directors, has stated that the new standards set for unmanned vehicles envisage a central system to monitor any drone operating in the UAE through a mandatory serial number that has to be used by potential manufacturers.

    The new regulations will apply to both recreational and commercial usages, including free zones, he said, noting that both assembled and ready-for-use products have to comply with the new standards.

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