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UAE to make geofencing technology mandatory on all drones
12 July 2017

The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is further regulating the use of drones in the country.

All drones currently used in the UAE, or being imported, must have a serial number as well as geofencing technology installed. This automatically disables drones when the owner attempts to operate one close to airports for example. Under the new law, drones will be inspected upon import.

Also, drones owned by individuals will not be allowed to have video/photo features. Only those used for research, development and security purposes will be exempt. Commercial companies that use drones for filming have their own regulations to meet.

This stricter regulation follows a number of incidents at Dubai International Airport in 2016.