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Spotlight: Dubai and Drone Safety

August 30th, 2017|

In spring 2017, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority rolled out new legislation that stated that any drone company in Dubai must hold the necessary qualifications to fly in Dubai airspace. This legislation comes hot on the heels of an incident in which a drone was piloted into the airspace of Dubai International Airport, the resulting intrusion ended up costing $20 million. In a separate incident in June 2016, the airspace at Dubai International Airport was closed from 11.36am – 12.45pm due to unauthorised drone activity. This resulted in 14 flights being diverted to Al Maktoum airport In Jebel Ali. A further four flights were diverted to Sharjah and three flights were diverted to Al Ain. Dubai’s enthusiasm for drones is obvious – and it’s obvious to see why. However, with the technology continually evolving and the capabilities increasing all the time, erring on the side of caution for the safety of all is a necessity.