UAE stops all drone activities in the country

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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has temporarily stopped all flying operations for owners, practitioners and enthusiasts of drones, including drones and light sports aircraft.

This encompasses also air and sail spots. This was put in place in coordination with the General Authority for Civil Aviation and in line with the relative guidelines.

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 authority’s 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 will be suspended as of Saturday (Jan.22, 2022).

Entities that have work contracts or commercial or advertising projects that rely on filming using drones must communicate with the permit authorities to take the necessary exceptions and permits to carry out their work and projects during this period to avoid any consequences that affect the timing of these projects.

MOI reminds users that anyone performing these activities during that period and disregarding guidelines will be subject to legal liabilities.

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