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Laws for Aerial Shoots in Dubai

How do you go about with aerial shoots in Dubai?

After Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports had to suspend air traffic for hours because of drones operating too close to flying aircrafts, the issue of regulating drones has become a necessity in the UAE. Using a drone requires certification and licensing along with the knowledge of local laws, otherwise you might find yourself facing heavy fines, even prison time. There is so much talk about the rules and regulations to be followed while flying unmanned objects in Dubai.

So to sum it all up, here is what you need to know:

  • One is not permitted to bring the drone within 50 meters of a person, vehicle, building or any structure.
  • Never fly the drone above crowds or groups of people.
  • Flying a drone around someone’s house can be considered as a breach of his or her privacy.
  • License to fly your drone be it for commercial or recreational purpose, is mandatory.

Here is the application process for the license permit:

  1. Register your drone on the DCAA website.
  2. Upon registration, login and apply for a No Objection Certification.
  3. Provide details of the drone flight – time, date and contact details of the drone operator.
  4. Depending on the commercial activity of the drone flight, submit a copy of approval from Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC), who will in turn get approvals from the Ministry of Defense. Fees will be around AED 3,300 and above depending on the location.
  5. You can reduce processing time to 5 working days by paying an additional online fee of AED 5,100 to DCAA.

Only once your permit has been issued, can you use your drone for aerial filming.

Take a look at some of our aerial shoots here:

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