GCAA applies regulations on flying drones and practising recreational aerial sports and activities. Some of the safety measures under the regulations are licensing and registration procedures, identification of no-flying zones, laying down rules for pilots flying the drones and penalties in case of violation and maintaining the airworthiness of the drones. The regulations aim to ensure safety in air and on land. It also aims at protecting user data and their privacy.
GCAA and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) forbid flying drones near, around and over airports. In addition, federal and municipal authorities disallow flying drones over residential areas to protect people's privacy.
The UAE Drone Fly Zone Map app from GCAA shows where you may fly your drones. Download the UAE Drone Fly Zone Map app for Android and iTunes.
No objection certificate
In order to fly a drone in Dubai, you have to obtain a no objection certificate from DCAA. Make sure to check for regulations or limitations on drone use, which are specific to each emirate.
All drones need to be registered with GCAA. Individuals and organisations can apply online.
For registration and requirements, contact the GCAA Aircraft Registry Unit by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at +9714-2111710 and +9714-2111526.