UAE announces a ban on flying drones and light aircraft for a month

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Gulf News, Jan 22: The Ministry of Interior in the United Arab Emirates has called for the suspension of flying operations for owners, practitioners and amateurs of unmanned aircraft, which includes users of unmanned aircraft “drones” and light sports aircraft of various shapes and types, including the practice of air and gliding sports at the present time, in coordination with the General Authority of Civil Aviation.

According to the instructions issued, due to the erroneous practices that have been monitored in the recent times of not complying with the practice of this sport in the geographical areas that were identified with the permits issued to the users, where the areas that are not allowed to practice this sport have been used.

In a statement broadcast by the official UAE news agency WAM, the ministry called on community members to abide by the instructions of the state authorities, represented by the Ministry of Interior and the General Civil Aviation Authority, in order to preserve the safety of lives, property and the atmosphere as a result of the wrong and unsafe use of this hobby, and accordingly, the practice of this hobby will be stopped. The hobby is for a month, starting today, Saturday, January 22, 2022.

The ministry added, “The entities that have work contracts or commercial or advertising projects that rely on filming using drones, should communicate with the permit authorities to take the necessary exceptions and permits to carry out their work and projects during this period, in order to avoid any consequences that affect the timing of these projects.”

The Ministry of Interior also stressed that whoever operates any flight operations or engages in any of these activities, and failure to comply with the instructions issued during the specified period, will expose himself to legal accountability.

The UAE was attacked by Houthi drones last Monday, and a number of them were intercepted. [Read Also: 4148 new cases of corona in Kuwait]

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