A prototype of Dubai's drone taxi.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – Dubai has issued a new law that will make the emirate one of the world’s leading cities for unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
The law regulating drone activity facilitates the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority’s Dubai Sky Dome project, says Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of DCAA.
Sheikh Ahmed said the Dubai Sky Dome Initiative seeks to build a structural eco-system for drones and transform Dubai into a virtual airspace infrastructure.
The Dubai Sky Dome will create a master plan for the infrastructure of ground stations and their use as airports, loading and connecting stations, and maintenance, operation and freight stations.
It will also classify the main urban areas of Dubai with the aim of building a model for the distribution of ground and air service sites.
The system will connect places and buildings through runways and miniature airports across Dubai. The law will cover a legal system to operate drones as well as investigate accidents and incidents.
Mohammed Abdullah Ahli, director general of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said the law is the first step towards creating mini airports and landing pads throughout Dubai.
By developing an integrated business system for drone-based transport services, air freight and logistic services, these activities will create an important new economic activity for Dubai. ICA/Expat Media
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