Tourists will soon be allowed to fly drones in Dubai

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Aviation authorities are working on a mechanism where tourists can register online and get a certificate subject to an in-house validation of their skills in Dubai, which will allow them to fly their drones around landmarks in Dubai.

The new regulation was announced on the sidelines of the two-day Unmanned Aerial System Forum, which began on Monday in Dubai.

Also on Monday, a top official at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority revealed that tourists have dropped 12 drones on the premises of a famous landmark hotel in Dubai in the past year and a half.

The tourists were unaware that the radio frequency will go out of reach when flying around such a large hotel, the head of airspace safety section at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Michael Rudolph, told Khaleej Times at the sidelines of the two-day Unmanned Aerial System Forum in Dubai.

The management of the hotel reported the incident to the DCAA each time a drone would land near their hotel and the authorities would come and retrieve it. More info

By Sarwat Nasir /Dubai  khaleejtimes.com