Filming Permit

Drone Regulations & Filming Permit in UAE

In UAE, all legal operators need to have permissions for commercial operations acquired from the Civil Aviation Authority in order to conduct Drone Filming work. Just like any electronic gadget, they can cause injury or damage if they are not used responsibly and so are subject to specific safety rules relating to the way they are operated, which are underpinned by UAE law.

Applying for Drone Filming permit in Dubai

Drone filming in Dubai is regulated by the Dubai Civil Aviation Department (DCAA).

All flight plans must be submitted at least two weeks in advance for consideration.

 

After the client provides us the Letter of intent and No objection from the Property Owner after which our team will be communicating with the authorities for the following :

  1. Security Approval from Ministry of Defense

  2. Permit from Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA)

  3. Permit from Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC)

The above permits are obtained online and the Lead time is approximately 12-14 days.

 

 

Applying for Drone Filming permit in Abu Dhabi & Rest of the Emirates except Dubai

Drone filming in Abu Dhabi and the rest of the emirates except Dubai is regulated by the General Civil Aviation Department (GCAA)

All flight plans must be submitted at least two weeks in advance for consideration.

The following approvals are required:

  1. Permit from General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)

  2. Permit from Ministry of Defense

  3. No Objection from Abu Dhabi Police

Lead time for receiving the permits are approximately 12-14 days

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No Fly Zones in the UAE

GCAA and DCAA forbid flying drones near, around and over airports. This is because drone activity can disrupt flight movement, as it has in the past.

A new Dubai Civil Aviation Authority system now provides red alerts for drone intrusions at Dubai airport.

In addition, federal and municipal authorities disallow flying drones over residential areas to protect people’s privacy.

To know exactly which areas are no-fly zones and where drone activity is restricted, you can use the UAE Drone Fly Zone Map app from GCAA here.

No-fly zones can also be extended at certain times and during certain events. During the Dubai Airshow, for example, authorities extend the no-fly zone around the Dubai World Central airport. Announcements are made through newspapers as well as on DCAA and GCAA’s social media accounts, so stay updated if you wish to operate a drone.

General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) developed an all-in-one app for the users of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and drones in the UAE in order to inform and assist them about using their drones in compliance with the aviation safety regulations.

Shooting videos and taking photographs - My Drone Hub app

General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) developed an all-in-one app for the users of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and drones in the UAE in order to inform and assist them about using their drones in compliance with the aviation safety regulations.

 

Emirates ID holders who are registered with GCAA can shoot videos and take photographs using drones in locations permitted and at heights specified by the local authorities. The app facilitates the immediate identification of areas where photography is permitted.

 

There are certain free fly zones, where people can fly drones up to a height of 400 feet. The app helps locate all information to users through an interactive map. Users can click anywhere in the map to check the privileges of that area. Download the My Drone Hub app for Android and iTunes.

Violations you must know about

The fine for not heeding warning to avoid unauthorised areas is Dh2,000 to Dh20,000, depending on the nature of violation. More serious safety or security violations can lead to prosecution.

UAE has clear, established drone flying/filming laws and the authorities make sure that the laws are well updated so that they are always on par with the international standards. For the latest update on approvals and procedures, please refer to GCAA and DCAA websites.

 

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