All You Need to Know About the Drone Ban in UAE

  • Publish date: Monday، 24 January 2022
All You Need to Know About the Drone Ban in UAE

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in the UAE is currently stopping all flying operations for owners, practitioners and enthusiasts of drones, including drones and light sports aircrafts.

This encompasses also air and sail spots. The decision came after the misuse spotted recently, not limiting the practice of these sports to the areas identified in the user permits and trespassing into areas where these types of activities are prohibited.

The MoI asked individuals and the community to respect the authorities directives namely issued by the MoI, and the General Authority for Civil Aviation, in order to ensure the safety of lives and property, preserving them from unsafe bad practices. Hence, air activities were suspended as of Saturday, January 22, 2022.

According the authority, those companies that have contracts or commercial/advertising projects that rely on filming using drones must approach the permit authorities in the country to get necessary exceptions and permits to carry out their work and projects. In Dubai, drone operators need a NOC from the DCAA to fly UAVs.

However, individuals are not authorised to operate UAVs for recreational purposes.


Under Article 69 of the General Civil Aviation Authority, a person can be jailed for a year and a fine up to Dh50,000 – or either penalty – for violating the following rules related to UAVs: Flying without authorisation or permit from the competent Authority; piloting an aircraft without holding the required certificate, licences or authorisations; piloting an aircraft when drunk; causing damage to aeronautical communication facilities or navigation aids on the ground; and failing to enter the required information in the documents or records of the aircraft or for altering such information