Flying remote-controlled aircraft (drones) in prohibited places such as airports and residential areas is a punishable offence, according to a top official.
Speaking to ‘Emirates24|7’, Brigadier General Mohammad Nasser Al Razzuqi, Assistant Director-General of the Department of Transport and Rescue, Dubai Police, said, “Flying drones fitted with cameras in residential areas is a punishable offence as per the Federal Criminal Code. Such acts breach privacy of people and threaten their lives.”
He added that punishments depend on the risks and damages caused in each incident.
Al Razzuqi said competent authority will issue a legislation on using unmanned aircraft as hobbies. He also called upon civil aviation authority to limit the practice of this hobby to specialised clubs and specific areas, while referring to the January 23 incident in Dubai, when the Airport Authority had to halt air traffic.