Drone Laws in Qatar

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the State of Qatar

Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Qatar

The Qatari agency responsible for drone safety, CAA, has provided a number of details on flying a drone for fun or for work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above.

Are drones allowed in Qatar?

According to the CAA, drone use is prohibited in Qatar without prior permission by CAA and is subject to strict regulations. Read on for more details.

Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Qatar

  • Before flying your drone, you must apply for and obtain a permit from the Qatar aviation authority. 
  • If you are only transiting through Doha Airport (DOH), you are not required to obtain a permit to transport your drone. For instance, if you’re flying Qatar Airways from London to Singapore with a brief layover, you don’t need a license for your drone as long as you don’t leave the airport. 
  • Avoid flying your drone over people or crowds. 
  • When flying your drone, be mindful of other people’s privacy. 
  • Avoid flying your drone near military installations, power plants, or any other area that might raise local authorities’ suspicions. 
  • Never fly your drone higher than 400 feet (122 meters) 
  • Avoid flying your drone near airports or in areas frequented by aircraft. 
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only in favorable weather.

Notes for Foreign Operators

It is prohibited to operate Unmanned Aircraft in the territory of the state of Qatar without a prior permission license issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). 

According to the CAA, this authorization is currently available only to Qatari residents.


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Qatar

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Qatar

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.


Useful published information on flying drones in Qatar

Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Qatar…

NOTE: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model aircraft, toy aircraft, Remote controlled aircraft, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.


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