The reason behind it is to prevent their use in unsafe and prohibited locations.

Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) said traders and suppliers will have three months to comply with the regulation designed to prevent delays to air traffic and deal with privacy concerns.

This followed numerous incidents of drones entering the airspace of airports in recent years, leading to the disruption of dozens of flights and costing Dubai carrier Emirates millions of dirhams.

ESMA director general, Abdulla Abdul Qader Al Maeeni, said the cost of the misuse of drones could reach Dhs350,000 ($95,000) per minute and impact 203 passengers per flight.

New technical requirements will aim to prevent these intrusions and will include guidelines for safe operations.

ESMA approved a requirements list in May that includes the need for all products to bear explanatory writing and warnings in Arabic and English and the provision of a central mechanism to track any drone in the UAE market or airspace through a serial number.

“All products must be certified by the manufacturer, bearing the factory’s signature and stamp, and include detailed information on the manufacturer’s address, brand, and classification of the purpose of using the drone commercial, industrial, recreational, service,” Abdulla Abdul Qader Al Maeeni said.

Producers and traders will also be required to submit a request for an ESMA product status statement from the beginning of September via the authority’s website.

The new requirements follow regulation introduced in Dubai this year that requires drone operators to purchase an annual license, with tough penalties for unregistered use.

It is estimated the drone market could be worth $1.5bn by 2022 thanks to growing use in the commercial space.

Written by: Staff Writer

Source: Gulf Business

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