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Abu Dhabi Authority Issues Rules to Regulate Civil Use of Drones in Emirate

The regulation seeks to promote Abu Dhabi as a leading hub for drone industry

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Published on April 6, 2024, 12:49:40


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The Department of Municipalities and Transport – Abu Dhabi (DMT) has issued Administrative Decision No. (48) of 2024 to regulate the civil use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in Abu Dhabi.

The decision aims to ensure the safe operation of drones and to manage, regulate and monitor drone activities within the emirate. The regulation seeks to standardise drone systems and procedures, promote Abu Dhabi as a leading hub for the drone industry, enhance smart transportation, foster innovation in aviation and attract investment in the local drone sector.

The decision applies to all types of drone-related activities in Abu Dhabi, including design, manufacturing, assembly, modification, inspection, maintenance, simulation systems development, training, qualification, clubs, infrastructure development, airports, fuelling stations, energy and other associated uses, except for those exempted under Federal Decree by Law No. (26) of 2022 on Regulating the Civil Use of Drones and Related Activities.

DMT assumes several responsibilities under this legislation, including oversight, issuance of permits and certificates, establishment of rules for drone flight conditions, setting standards for drone take-off and landing sites and developing guidelines for drone-specific infrastructure like airports and runways in coordination with relevant local and federal authorities.

Additionally, DMT will conduct awareness workshops for drone owners and operators, covering both individuals and entities. These sessions will explain the procedures and requirements for drone operations and associated activities within Abu Dhabi, aligning with administrative directives, civil aviation regulations and technical guidelines governing drone systems in the emirate.

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