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

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.

DCAA no fly zone | Drone Videographer

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.


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