Closure the latest in a string of incidents
The drone incursion into Dubai International Airport airspace is the latest in a series of incidents to affect UAE airports. The same airport was closed in June of this year for more than an hour. And in January 2015, Dubai International shut down for 55 minutes. Abu Dhabi International Airport has also had four alerts in recent years. Michael Rudolph, Head of Aviation Regulation and Safety at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), in April estimated that such incidents costs the economy about $1 million each minute. The authority released a map of no-fly zones earlier this year. These are Dubai International, Dubai World Central, Minbad Air Base and the Marina and Skydive Dubai and the areas surrounding them. A series of other areas can only be flown in with permission from the DCAA, including Downtown Dubai, a section of the Umm Suqeim area around Burj Al Arab and the royal palaces around Zabeel Park. Fines for breaching these zones were not released at the time.