How to register a Drone in the UAE || For a Hobbyist Permit

Welcome back to the channel and episode 10 where I’m going to show you the procedure I did to apply for a Hobbyist Drone permit here in the UAE.

Please note that this video covers our own experience and how we registered our drone here as a UAE resident and only for a hobbyist permit.

My friend, Danilo, allowed me to document the procedure while he was taking his exam to get a drone certification from SANAD Academy which is needed to apply for a hobbyist drone license from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.

There are two types of Government departments here where you need to register your drone. The GCAA and DCAA.

First department is the GCAA (General Civil Aviation Authority) which is where you need to get the permit if you are planning to fly your drone on the 6 other emirates of the UAE specifically the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaima, Fujairah, Sharjah, Um al Quwain and Ajman.

The second department is the DCAA ( Dubai Civil Aviation Authority) which is specifically in the emirate of Dubai. This is where you need a RPAS certification first from a Drone school which you needed to submit to their website along with the other requirements to get a permit.

I strongly recommend to register your drone on both government departments to avoid any issues when flying your drone here inside the UAE. It is better to have them both in my opinion just in case the authorities ask for it.

I also suggest to check SANAD academy for all other inquiries about drone registration and if you want to apply for a more advanced permit like commercial and professional drone permits.

An important reminder to all drone owners to please adhere and always follow the rules and regulations when flying your drone here in the UAE And any part of the world. Be responsible and always do a pre-flight safety check of your drone, the surroundings and area you want to fly. Use the My Drone hub app (link below) to check if the area is a fly zone or no fly zone.

Special Thanks to my friends Danilo Javier, Yuri Torres and Markie (Youtube channels below) for helping me to document this procedure. Also to SANAD Academy for allowing me to document and vlog in their premises.

Links that I mentioned below:



SANAD Academy –

My Drone Hub App –

Dan Javier -

Yuri Torres –

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Shot with the following gear:

Sony A6500
Sony 18-105mm G f4 lens
Dji Mavic 2 Pro


  1. BISHAL'S CREATION on March 14, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Great information ๐Ÿ‘Œ. But this country is sucking money like vampire. Common small drones within safe range could have been free… And tourists cannot take videos using their drones. Horrible.

  2. Saad Qureshi on March 14, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Do theu attach any heavy tracker on your drone? As someone told me. I’m planning to buy dji mavic mini drone which is only 249grams drone

  3. Xylem on March 14, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Does all drones require registration ? like, do we need registration for small toy drones ?

  4. Chef Henry Suarez Jr on March 14, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Does it mean it is mandatory to have DCAA?

  5. SARGE OMAR on March 14, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Maraming salamat sa info idol its a big help for me . . baka soon bibili ako ng drone .

  6. daniele giovanni Ricevuto on March 14, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Hi Mavic Mini have need to register?!

  7. Shereef ps on March 14, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Hello sir, have expiry date for drone license?

  8. Angelo Salvador on March 14, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Hi Sir, tanong kulang po. Meron naku GCAA so need kpa din ng DCAA? Tama po? Pupunta muna ako SANAD para kumuha ng cert at after nun saka palang ako makakaapply ng DCAA para sa Hobbyist?

  9. Dennis Palomara on March 14, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Pano sir pag mavic mini?

  10. SkyGeek Aviation on March 14, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Really helped! I will also be applying soon. One thing what license should i select if itโ€™s my hobby but i want to upload beautiful uae videos on youtube? Hobby license or Freelancer?

  11. Alain Martinez on March 14, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Hey man, thanks for this video. Do you live in Dubai? if so would you mind emailing me at as I’m in need of assistance for a shoot there in March. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  12. Brothers Vlogs on March 14, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Hello Brother
    I am new to your channels n I love your Videos n I stay Abu Dhabi n I am beginners of drone I donโ€™t know how to use Bt my hobby is too use so can you plz help me out What the process about it n Weโ€™re to go to make it possible
    Thanks ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป

  13. 4GAMER ll_4GAMER on March 14, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Do you only pay once for the DCAA certificate and license?

  14. Yasir Vlogs Dxb on March 14, 2021 at 12:22 am

    How was you edite this video when you are searching in Google ?

  15. Royce Cedrick Bulado on March 14, 2021 at 12:27 am

    I’m planning to go in Dubai is it possible to fly my drone w/o registration?

  16. harold silvestre on March 14, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Kabayan need ko advice mo. Uwi kc ako ng pinas from germany, may connecting flight ako sa Abu Dhabi, wala b ko magiging problema sa drone sa Abu Dhabi?

  17. Mujeeb Rahman on March 14, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Is required registration for DJi mavic mini???

  18. Robert Samuel on March 14, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Brother what so ever apart from specs every drone to b intended to fly should get the permit please confirm or any specs like camera range weight like us rules any deviations for drones are available

  19. Felix Brain on March 14, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Thanks a million! Do I have to undergo a training first session at SANAD A. since Im a newbie and doesnt have an experience flying a drone? like can I finish everything in one day?

  20. Mae D. on March 14, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Hi sir! I just want to ask for a clarification. UAE (Abu Dhabi) resident po ako, I just bought a drone kahapon and will be taking it outside of the country with me. Btw, I just registered mine in gcaa which is quick and hassle-free. Now my question is, would I still need to apply for dcaa since I’ll depart/arrive in Dubai Airport hence Abu Dhabi resident naman po ako. I’ve read some of your replies. Just wanna make sure na pagbalik ko dto sa UAE is smooth lng… or iwanan ko na lng sa pinas to make sure na di mahold or embargo sa airport since I will have no time to take a certification from SANAD coz I’ll be departing few days from now. Or a tourist option can be a temporary solution?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

  21. julien _Music on March 14, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Can I fly my 249g drone as a Tourist in Dubai ?

  22. Amar ulhassan on March 14, 2021 at 12:37 am

    What price your dron

  23. Mark Villena - The Fit Content on March 14, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Sir Levs Thank you sa video!Very Informative. Kakakuha ko lng ng Mavic Mini. I live in Sharjah. I am considering to get the DCAA permit. I understand may mga specific fly zones lng sa Dubai. Maybe you can share some of the locations na puedeng mag palipad ng drone after makakuha ng permit. I was curious lng kasi baka yung mga places na allowed us to fly is very limited lng or hindi maganda yung location. Based on your experience san ba pede? Thank you sir!

  24. Pascal Brax on March 14, 2021 at 12:38 am

    So we cannot register if we have not a UAE id card?

  25. klein and peach adventure on March 14, 2021 at 12:38 am

    very informative video, may tanong ako sir, last may 2018 pa kasi naka register DJI spark ko sa GCAA, may expiration ba sya? kailanagn ko bang mag register sa DCAA kahit wala akong balak mag palibad in Dubai area?

  26. Jake Jenkins on March 14, 2021 at 12:40 am

    What does the pink yellow and red mean on the map

  27. russel john austria on March 14, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Sir Pag nag travel po bah in our out sa dubai airport ano po bah need na certificate.

  28. mansoor almansoori on March 14, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Hi sir do you still need a license for owning a dji mini 2!? Just asking

  29. Vladimir Putin on March 14, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Hi, I want to get a DCAA license as hobbyist, I’m turning 16 this august, I didn’t know that you needed license to fly but now that I know that, can I apply straight for test? because I don’t want to pay 900 for bootcamp, I’m already very experienced at flying, so I want to go straight for test, is it possible? if yes, how much will it cost? I subscribed, thanks!

  30. Lucky Man on March 14, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Brother my question is. Does DJI mini which weigh 249 grams required registration?

  31. Dandy Chocolate on March 14, 2021 at 12:46 am

    I received a registration certificate from GCAA by email this is enough or they will give a card as well..??

  32. iamgeekrex on March 14, 2021 at 12:46 am

    HI.. do i still need to register even a DJI MAVIC MINI?? thanks

  33. Seahookfpv on March 14, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Thanks levs i just registered @ my drone hub application itโ€™s work. But I want to know where best place can fly the drone? Tia-

  34. Kubskii93 on March 14, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Hi great video. As a tourist, do I need any certifications before applying? I have a mavic mini. Thanks!

  35. REEL NEPAL on March 14, 2021 at 12:49 am

    my pare danny boy …

  36. Levs Ragasa on March 14, 2021 at 12:49 am

    New video regarding Mavic mini registration, DCAA & GCAA registration and Permit needed when you are carrying a drone and entering the Dubai here ๐Ÿ‘‡

  37. ice2hotlord on March 14, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Does the GCAA not supercedw Sanaad. If thatโ€™s the case why do we need Sanaad??

  38. LS7 on March 14, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Hi im 17 and im planning to buy a mavic mini, i live i dubai and i wanted to know how does it all cost me to get my Hobbyist Drone permit
    and even if i live in dubai can i just use my drone in other emirate without having to registrate ?

  39. Black Birdie Golf on March 14, 2021 at 12:51 am

    what is your a tourist from the states, how do you get it?

  40. sean - no on March 14, 2021 at 12:51 am

    If am from rak.can i fly my drone in dubai?

  41. AA English Vlogs on March 14, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Can you guide about mini i bought mavic mini and im confuse what to do

  42. Rey Lim on March 14, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Hi! Iโ€™m a tourist from Manila and brought my Mavic Mini with me. Can I fly my drone in Dubai? Are there any requirements?

  43. Angelo Salvador on March 14, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Kahit sa al qudra or dessert po magpalipad need pdin ng hobbyist cert?

  44. JusmaVids on March 14, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Are DIY built at home RC airplanes under 250gm considered drones? How to register, as they will not have any serial number?

  45. Ezekiel Gonzales on March 14, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Boss pwede ka ba macontact sa fb? Or whats app? May mga tatanong lang sana ako about sa drone in dubai

  46. STEWARDINGTV on March 14, 2021 at 12:57 am

    salamat sa info sir

  47. Geoffrey Caisip on March 14, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Hi Sir Levs! how about FPV Tiny-Whoop Indoors & Outdoor use drones, since GCAA mentioned that below 250g drones no need to register as per the UAE fly app, since it has an onboard camera for goggles and video recording, my concern now is do I need a hobbyist certificate flying it outside? thanks!

  48. JUST REMIX RE on March 14, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Did you know how to cancel unnamed aircraft registration in UAE

  49. JUST REMIX RE on March 14, 2021 at 1:02 am

    am living in abudhbai here also required drone school certificate ,,..or only registration on the gcca .?

  50. Mohamed Mukthar on March 14, 2021 at 1:03 am

    We want register the drone details in Gcaa website before purchasing the Drone ?

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