Drone registration mandatory in the UAE

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In the wake of unauthorized drone activity that resulted in flight diversions and airport closures, the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) on Monday announced that the registration of drones used for recreational or commercial purposes shall become mandatory this September.

The UAE regulation, the first of its kind globally, is a proactive step taken by the UAE to legalize this market, he added. The direct costs of violating air traffic caused by unsafe drone use may reach Dh350,000 per minute, he explained. “Studies carried out by specialists at the TRA have shown that financial losses extend to wasting passengers time by 203 passengers per flight.

“As per the ministerial decree No 43/2017, all drones must bear an explanatory mark and warning in the Guidance Manual and shall be in Arabic and English.” The requirements for safe operation must also be met and in accordance with the General Authority for Civil Aviation, while the frequency of the aircraft shall be compatible with the frequencies allocated by the TRA, Al Maeeni elaborated.

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