Clo­sure the lat­est in a string of in­ci­dents

7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT -

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.

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