Abu Dhabi sets rules for drone use in the emirate

DMT will conduct awareness workshops for drone owners and operators, encompassing both individuals and entities.
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Abu Dhabi: The Department of Municipalities and Transport – Abu Dhabi (DMT) has issued Administrative Decision No. (48) of 2024 regarding the regulation of civil use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), aiming to ensure the safe use of drones, in addition to the management, regulation, and monitoring of drone operations and related activities in Abu Dhabi.

It also seeks to standardise systems and procedures related to drones, contribute to making the emirate a hub for the drone industry, enhance smart transportation, as well as innovation in aviation, and attracting investment in Abu Dhabi’s drone sector.

The decision applies to all types of drones and related activities in the emirate. This includes design, manufacturing, assembly, modification, inspection, maintenance, or development of simulation systems, training, qualification, clubs, infrastructure development, airports, fuelling stations, energy, or other activities and uses related to operated drones in the emirate, including free zones; except for the exempted drones and activities under the Federal Decree by Law No. (26) of 2022 on Regulating the Civil Use of Drones and Related Activities.