Air traffic in Dubai came to a standstill for nearly an hour thanks to members of the public flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in plane airspace.
Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, director-general of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), and CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services, speaking through a statement in WAM, warned that these “irresponsible acts” could lead to serious consequences as these UAVs pose a threat to the safety of air navigation and to passengers.
“These UAVs are strictly prohibited in Dubai air space for any purpose without a prior permit from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority,” he asserted.
Ahli urged individuals to maintain safety of air space and warned that legal action will be taken against offenders.
Major General Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani, assistant to Dubai Police Commander-in-General for Exits Affairs, said upon receiving the a decision from the Dubai Air Traffic Control Tower to suspend air traffic, Dubai Police have taken all precautionary measures accredited by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on safety of air navigation and diverted planes to Al Maktoum Airport.
The Major General also urged members of the community to observe laws and regulations regulating UAVs and stressed the importance of avoiding air traffic space to maintain safety.