UAE to finalise laws on drone activity
The General Civil Aviation Authority will issue laws to integrate drone activity into the commercial airspace
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has stated that the UAE is set to introduce new laws to regulate the sale of drones and how they are operated.
Earlier this year, Dubai's International Airport was closed due to unauthorised drone activity in the surrounding airspace that resulted in millions of dollars of losses for the economy, said Reuters. To prevent this from happening again, the aviation regulator said the the new laws will aim to minimise risks posed by unmanned aerial vehicles.
Mohammed Faisal al-Dossari, director, air navigation & aerodromes department, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said: "Several incidents have happened and to integrate them (drones) safely into the commercial airspace is a challenge. The Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (Esma) is working on laws that will have a framework for the UAE for imports, sales and performance of drones."
In 2015, the UAE introduced a regulation related to commercial licensing and approving how companies use drones. Furthermore, Abu Dhabi has banned the sale of recreational drones until new laws are set in place.
The GCAA has revealed there are at least 400 registered drones, used for commercial operations such as mapping, security surveillance, wildlife surveys as well as for environment, transport, agricultural and maritime purposes in the UAE.