All Organizations/Operators who intend to operate drones in the UAE for commercial or special operations are required to hold a GCAA drone Registration Certificate. Special Operations include these types of uses: Aerial Work, Agriculture, Air Show, Fire fighting, Inspection, Media, Petroleum, Surveillance, Weather forecasting. Apply for a Registration Certificate here.
All Organizations/Operators holding a GCAA drone Registration Certificate are required to obtain operational approval before commencement of each flight. Apply for operational approval here.
For more information on the United Arab Emirates’ drone laws, see this page on the GCAA website. Make sure to check for regulations or limitations on drone use specific to each emirate.
Drone Laws in Dubai
Dubai is an emirate in the UAE. In addition to the rules for RPAS established by the GCAA above, anyone who wishes to fly a drone in Dubai must also follow the rules for RPAS established by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA).
Register for an operator training certificate program endorsed by the DCAA to provide RPAS certifications. Sanad Academy and Exponent are two approved training providers.
Register your drone with the DCAA. The following documents are required at registration: Company name and address, company trade/commercial license, name and contact details of RPAS, operator’s Emirates ID, passport copy with visa page (non-national), passport size photo (white background), RPAS type/model, RPAS photo, RPAS serial number, operator training certificate, insurance, national ID for tourist, flight booking for tourist. Complete DCAA registration here. Apply as a tourist here.
Obtain a no objection certificate from DCAA. Apply here.
Avoid collisions with people, objects and other aircraft.
Do not harass or endanger people or threaten to damage property.
Do not operate your drone over congested areas or over public or private properties.
Do not operate your drone near, around, or over airports.
Do not fly in no-fly zones. Use the UAE Drone Fly Zone Map app, available in the Android and iTunes app store, to determine where you may and may not fly your drone.
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