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Red90

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Hey all,

Anyone flown in the UAE? I’ve got a job over there in the summer & was wondering who I need to contact regarding permission.

Thanks in advance,
Martin.
 

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Martin,
sounds interesting, technical flying (i.e. surveys/mapping, etc.) or videography/photography?
I'm not sure the requirements, but I know of a couple of pilots who have trained Sheikhs and their staff with not special licenses or certificates...
good luck and let us know how it goes!

Stephen M.
 

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The UAE is unfortunately very unorganised when it comes to drones, each of the 7 emirates have their own requirements when it comes to registration and certification. In theory you'll need both a country registration as well as a registration for each individual emirate where you want to fly. I live in Dubai and have registered my drone with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority through their website:
As a resident you are also required to go through a mandatory pilot training through one of the DCAA approved training suppliers before being given your pilot's license.
Note that even as a tourist you are supposed to pre-register your drone before arrival in Dubai or you risk having it impounded when entering the country.

For the country registration check the GCAA website https://www.gcaa.gov.ae/en/Pages/Default.aspx, I admit to never having done this however :cool:
Lastly, the no-fly zones are very broad in the UAE so technically you'll be violating the rules pretty much everywhere :-(
The GCAA has a flight zone map on their website, the DCAA has an app for the same.
 

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The UAE is unfortunately very unorganised when it comes to drones, each of the 7 emirates have their own requirements when it comes to registration and certification. In theory you'll need both a country registration as well as a registration for each individual emirate where you want to fly. I live in Dubai and have registered my drone with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority through their website:
As a resident you are also required to go through a mandatory pilot training through one of the DCAA approved training suppliers before being given your pilot's license.
Note that even as a tourist you are supposed to pre-register your drone before arrival in Dubai or you risk having it impounded when entering the country.

For the country registration check the GCAA website https://www.gcaa.gov.ae/en/Pages/Default.aspx, I admit to never having done this however :cool:
Lastly, the no-fly zones are very broad in the UAE so technically you'll be violating the rules pretty much everywhere :-(
The GCAA has a flight zone map on their website, the DCAA has an app for the same.

I get that the no-fly zones are "loosely defined" but is there at least public information regarding military / government institutions? I have a big project coming up in Dubai in the summer and i can live with the a fine for private property "trespassing" but not the potential impounding of my Alta.
 

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