Dubai airspace forced to shut down by unauthorised drones
Public urged to observe laws and avoid practicing these hobbies in air traffic corridors
Air traffic in Dubai came to a standstill for nearly an hour on Friday as a result of unauthorised used of recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), better known as drones, it has been revealed.
Airspace over Dubai was affected for 55 minutes from 3pm, according to Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, director-general of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA).
He warned in comments published by news agency WAM that the "irresponsible acts" could lead to serious consequences as the drones pose a threat to the safety of air navigation and to passengers.
"These UAVs are strictly prohibited in Dubai air space for any purpose without a prior permit from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority," he said, adding that legal action will be taken against offenders.
Major General Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani, assistant to Dubai Police Commander-in-General for Exits Affairs, said a decision had been made by the Dubai Air Traffic Control Tower to suspend air traffic.
He urged members of the community to observe laws and regulations regulating these hobbies and avoid practicing them in air traffic corridors over Dubai.