At the launch of Spark at Dubai City Studio, DJI and distributor Advanced Media Trading also highlighted the new rules for drone ownership in the UAE.
Drone specialist DJI recently launched Spark, its newest mini drone, at Dubai City Studio. More than 167 people attended the event and had the opportunity to test the drone. The launch was undertaken in conjunction with Dubai-based distributor, Advanced Media Trading, which took the opportunity to inform attendees about the new rules and regulations associated with drone ownership in the UAE.
Annika Karstadt, DJIs senior communication manager for the EMEA markets conducted a seminar alongside Pejman Ghorbani, DJI product manager and specialist from Advanced Media. Together, the duo introduced the DJI product family, and showed how to maximise the potential of Spark. A lucky winner also went home with the DJI Spark Mini Drone, Alpine White, on the day of the event.
Speaking about the event, Pejman Ghorbani commented: Advanced Media is the biggest distributor of DJI products in the GCC and covers all of the prestigious retail stores. We work closely with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Sanad Academy, the first official drone school in Dubai, to ensure that all our customers are informed about the safety, rules and regulations as well as the need to register their drones. We have invested significant capital in our Service Centre facilities to provide efficient after-sales services to our customers.
Sanad Academy is the UAEs first RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) training and certification specialist endorsed by DCAA. It is responsible for training, testing and certifying drone operators and drones in the UAE. There are separate training courses for professionals and hobbyists.
The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority recently announced that all customers who buy drones will have to register them and complete a training course before they take their devices home with them.
The Authority plans to introduce registration cards for hobbyists and professionals while a customs release letter will be required for drones purchased online.
Any drone cleared to fly will be connected to a Sky Commander tracking device that records the area, height and speed of flight. Any drone that deviates from its original route or violates the rules will be tracked and the owner will be fined.
Khaled Al Arif, the authoritys executive director of safety commented that officials were working with the Government, the Ministry of Defence and Dubai Police on registration and the live-tracking device.
Presently, fifty-seven commercial drone operators and 1,000 hobbyists are registered with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.