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What is Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)?

It is a subset of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). (RPAS) are not intended to take over all tasks of manned aircraft but have the capabilities to fly closer to obstacles and can conduct operations that manned aircraft cannot do, or the safety risk and or costs involved are excessive


Why an Operator needs to register?

As part of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) framework and Law (7) of 2015, Concerning Airspace Safety and Security in the Emirate of Dubai, it is mandatory for all operators (Commercial and Non-Commercial) to register their RPAS with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA). This to enable them to operate legally within the Emirates of Dubai.


What if operator is NOT registered with the DCAA?

Any individual or commercial entity found to be flying RPAS without registering with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) will be subject to possible Legal Action.


To register RPAS with DCAA, please submit the documents listed below:

1. Commercial RPAS: (Temporary, Government)

  • Company name and address

  • Company trade license

  • Operator’s Emirates ID (front and back sides)

  • Operator’s Passport copy along with Visa page

  • Company contact details: Phone, Fax, Mobile number, and Email address

  • Operator of the RPAS local contact details.(Mobile Number)

  • Operator Passport size Photo

  • RPAS Photo

  • RPAS type and model

  • RPAS Serial number

  • Operator Training Certificate (Mandatory via Sanad Academy: www.sanadacademy.ae or Exponent: www.exponebt-ts.com)

  • NOTE: If operator credentials and or experience is proved, there is no need for Training Certificate. (Temporary only)

2. Non-commercial RPAS: (Hobbyist, Professional)

  • Operator name

  • Operator’s contact details: Phone, Fax, Mobile number, and Email address

  • Operator’s Emirates ID (front and back sides)

  • Operator’s Passport copy along with Visa page

  • Operator Passport size Photo

  • RPAS Photo

  • RPAS type and model

  • RPAS Serial number

  • Operator Training Certificate (Mandatory via Sanad Academy: www.sanadacademy.ae or Exponent: www.exponebt-ts.com)


The above information to be included in the online submission.


For further information please contact Standards & Regulations Department

Email: safety@dcaa.gov.ae

Contact Numbers:

  • 00971-4-504-2781

  • 00971-4-504-2768

  • 00971-4-504-2769


Be Legal, Be Safe

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