BY KAYLA NOBREGA
At the beginning of 2016, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a stricter enforcement of laws regarding the use of drones by businesses and private individuals.
This announcement came shortly after a second shut down of the Dubai International Airport caused by an illegally operated drone in public-prohibited airspace. Since this event, drones have to be registered with the GCAA and are not allowed to be operated in certain zones; namely areas that are under high security, and residential areas.
Basically, this means that if you have an unmanned aircraft of any kind, you need to inform the GCAA so that they can keep track of it and ensure that your intentions are not putting anyone in danger.
The use of drones has increased over the last few years for recreational filming and commercial use. Privacy is of high priority in the UAE and so not only do drones need to be registered, some need to be licensed. This is especially for those who are using drones to capture footage that will be used in advertising.
Licensing is obtained by applying for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the GCAA, and is relative to the size and purpose of the drone.
Remember to take the privacy and safety of others into consideration, and update yourself on the regulations of drone use.
To see the full step-by-step guidelines for getting a drone license in Dubai and the UAE, you can visit: