UAE Announces Fines for Violating Drone Ban

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


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A minimum fine of Dh100,000 has been announced by the UAE for residents or visitors who violate the recently enacted ban on flying drones in the country.

In addition to the penalties, violators will face jail terms ranging from six months to five years, according to the country's public prosecution.

The notification was made on Twitter by the UAE Public Prosecution.

The UAE's Ministry of Interior (MoI) had previously posted via its official Twitter account that all flying activities for owners and enthusiasts of drones had been suspended.

The decision was taken along with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to protect residents and property from miscreants who use drones.

"The decision was made in response to recent reports of misuse, including failure to limit the practise of these sports to the regions designated in user permits and trespassing into areas where these sorts of activities are prohibited," the ministry noted in its notice.

In order to carry out their business, people who require the use of drones or other flying objects for work, commercial, filmmaking, or advertising must obtain a permit, according to the statement.