Drone regulations in the United Arab Emirates

The legal situation differs within the United Arab Emirates, which makes it difficult to keep an overview.

You must always register your copter at the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), regardless of the purpose of the flight. Private pilots may not use cameras during the flight!

Also, there is also a separate registration process for Dubai. If you’re traveling to Dubai, you’ll need to register your multicopter at www.dcaa.gov.ae. To register, you will need a local mobile number to which a confirmation code will be sent by SMS. It’s best to buy a prepaid card in the city. To register, you first create a user on the platform. After registration, you have to log in and then register your Copter under the icon “UAV / UAS / RPAS Registration.” Unfortunately, I do not know if further registration with the GCAA is required.

Maximum flight altitude: The maximum flight altitude for drones in the United Arab Emirates is 120 meters (400 feet).

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drone flights are only possible within visibility.

Compulsory insurance: We recommend that you fly only with a valid drone liability insurance in the United Arab Emirates

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): From a weight of 5 kilograms, a copter may only be operated on the site of a model flying club.

Distance to airports: You must guarantee a distance of 5 kilometers at any time to the external limitation of airports and helicopter landing areas.

Other safe distances: You may fly with a copter not closer than 50 meters to buildings, uninvolved persons, and vehicles.

Time of operations: Operation of drones is permitted only in daylight.

Specific regulations: Drones which are heavier than 25 kilograms may only be controlled by pilots with a minimum age of 21 years.

Regulations for commercial pilots: Commercial pilots must pass the exam of the GCAA and have a GCAA UAS / drones Registration Certificate.

Frequency determinations for FPV: 29.7-47.0 MHz with max. 10 mW; 2400-2500 MHz with max. 100 mW

Helpful links: GCAAUAS Regulation (PDF)

We have researched the listed drone regulations for the United Arab Emirates to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in the United Arab Emirates!