Dubai Civil Aviation Authority introduces new fee structure as of 1 July 2017

Drone registration rules set to change in Dubai

If you were so far undecided whether to register your drone with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, now is the time to make up your mind and make the call.

As per the new Executive Council Resolution No(4) of 2017: “Approving Fees and Fines of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority”, registering yourself as a drone hobbyist or a commercial drone operator will start costing you some dough.

According to the resolution, registering yourself as a commercial drone operator will cost AED 500. As a drone hobbyist, you will be asked to pay less, with fees set to AED 100.

For those who operate drones commercially, the fees for issuing a no objection certificate will be as follows:

  • Issuance of a no objection certificate to fly a drone once will cost AED 1,500.
  • No objection certificate for flying a drone during an event will cost a whooping AED 5,000.

The resolution also sets violation fines for inappropriate drone use. So, if you are caught flying within an avigation easement area¹ and you are not registered with the DCAA, you will be asked to kiss goodbye to AED 20,000. Yes, you read it correctly, twenty thousand! You will be paying the same fine if you are caught flying without a DCAA’s No Objection Certificate.

The new resolution comes into force on 1 July 2017.

In any case, whilst you’re pondering over how to proceed, it may be a good idea to sign up for DCAA’s online account and subscribe to their mailing list – which, thankfully, still doesn’t cost a pretty penny. That way, you will be notified of any new changes in regulations, fee structure, fines, etc.

To learn more about new drone registration rules, visit Dubai Civil Aviation Website (dcaa.gov.ae) and look for Executive Council Resolution (4) of 2017. There, you will also be able to subscribe to their mailing list.


¹ An avigation easement is a property right acquired from a landowner which protects the use of airspace above a specified height, and imposes limitations on use of the land subject to the easement. Generally, uses that attract birds or interfere with pilot visibility and instrumentation are prohibited.