Dubai: Drone enthusiasts and commercial drone-owners now have the chance to get free training sessions from the world’s best and legally register drones in Dubai. Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) will host the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Forum on October 16-17 to inform and educate the industry on the safe and legal use of drones.
The training will be free for 200 pre-registered participants, who will gain in-depth understanding of UAS, shaped by perspectives from the local industry and the regulatory insight of international entities. Enthusiasts will benefit from a drone training session organized by the DCAA and Sanad Academy, and also have the chance to legally register their drones.
Organized by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC) Middle East, the two-day forum in Dubai will feature a conference with plenary sessions, roundtable discussions, study presentations, innovator sessions, technical theatres and workshops on future applications of drones.
Senior leadership from Dubai Police, DCAA, Dubai Civil Defence, Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA), IATA, Royal Military Academy of Belgium, Imperial College London, Petroleum Institute, as well as from the private sector, will speak at the event.
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, chief of Dubai Police, said the aim of the forum is to harness the best of what the global industry has to offer in terms of drone expertise, experience and technology.
“This is necessary in order to establish and implement the safest and best-practice principles in our support of Dubai’s vision to become the global hub of innovation,” he said.
Global best-practice uses of UAS for emergency response, media coverage, construction, surveying and mapping, high-risk industrial tasks in sectors including oil, gas, power, utilities and mining, and the safe integration of UAS in the commercial airspace will be presented during the event.
Mohammad Abdullah Ahli, director-general of DCAA, said the forum is unique because it provides both a platform for commercial users and drones enthusiasts to network with suppliers and manufacturers and a chance to learn about legal and regulatory perspectives on drone use.
“The aim of this event is to not only educate commercial and recreational users on maximising UAS applications, but to also support its safe implementation and fostering local innovation. The UAE represented by the Emirate of Dubai, is the first country to regulate the operation of UAV systems.”
To register, visit www.uasforum.ae