200 free drone licences on offer at Dubai forum

Two-day forum and exhibition to educate drone users and offer free licences as incentive for drone discipline


Dubai: Drone enthusiasts and hobbyists will have a chance to get 200 free drone licences in a forum next week in Dubai.

The announcement was made at Gitex Technology Week by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Dubai Police, asking drone users to attend the two-day forum and the open exhibition on October 16 and 17.

Brigadier Kamil Al Suwaidi, director of the police’s General Department of Operations, said the forum aims to educate the public about the proper use of drones and the procedures for obtaining licences for them.

“We will issue 200 free licences for people who own drones and who register for the forum. We will provide them with training. We want the public to know how to use drones and be aware of the areas in which drone flying is prohibited in Dubai,” Brig Al Suwaidi said.

The drone user should be above 18 years of age to avail of the free licence offer at the forum.

Brig Al Suwaidi said Dubai has witnessed some drone accidents when these devices caused disruptions of services at the Dubai International Airport but the regulations have brought the issue under control.

He added that the forum will offer lectures and discussions to raise awareness on drones with 28 speakers from eight countries participating in it. It is the first forum of its kind in the region that offers free training and free licences,” said Brig Al Suwaidi.

“This forum will be a chance to exchange experiments and regulations of drones with experts from the US and Europe and to learn more about the proper use of drones,” he added. More info

By Ali Al Shouk, Staff Reporter gulfnews.com