Though drones are not banned in the UAE, using them inappropriately can get you in trouble with the law.


Some basic rules apply, which includes making sure you don’t take videos and pictures of people without their permission and that you stay clear from taking pictures and videos of government buildings and military installations.

Here are guidelines from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

For personal use

  1. All drone activities shall take place within the visual line of sight of the user not above 400 ft from ground level. Basically, don’t fly your drone too high.
  1. Fly your drone only during the day and during good weather conditions.
  1. Airports are a no-fly zone for drones. Steer clear of airports, helipads, landing areas or manned aircrafts.
  1. Do not fly near any building, house or private properties. Flying your drone over residential areas is a no-no.

For commercial use

  1. Get authorised to operate your drone in Dubai by getting a no-objection certificate from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA).
  1. Drones can be used for film-making but make sure you hire an authorised operator who can navigate the various restrictions and permit requirements for filming.
  1. Do not fly your drone in or around residential areas.
  1. You can use drones for land or architectural surveys, but this activity is only limited to authorised vendors.
  1. When in doubt, ask the DCAA so you don’t wind up on the wrong side of the law.


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