Dubai has passed a new law granting the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) greater autonomy from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), according to a notice published by Dubai Media Office on Saturday.
The law is designed to “consolidate Dubai’s global leadership in civil aviation, enhance its attractiveness as a destination for aviation businesses and further enhance safety, security and sustainability”.
The law will apply to all air navigation and aviation activities in Dubai including air control, air cargo and operation of balloons.
Dubai’s new law will allow the DCAA to formulate general aviation policies in the emirate and carry out activities related to civil aviation operations in accordance with federal legislation and international agreements.
In addition, DCAA will propose legislations related to civil aviation and participate in all quality control activities conducted by international and federal entities including inspection and testing.
Under the new law, DCAA is authorised to sign agreements and memorandums of understanding related to air traffic rights to operate via Dubai airports, and implement them in coordination with the GCAA.
The DCAA is also responsible for permitting operators and those holding licences issued by the GCAA to operate scheduled and chartered flights to Dubai.
The DCAA is responsible for ensuring airlines operating in Dubai comply with the clauses of agreements related to air traffic rights granted to foreign carriers; and regulating drone operations and related activities in the emirate.
DCAA is also tasked with regulating air freight, ensuring the safety and security of Dubai airport infrastructure and systems, as well as protecting the civil aviation sector from unlawful interference and dangerous air freight goods, in coordination with GCAA.
According to the law, DCAA’s Director General will be appointed by a decree issued by the ruler of Dubai.
DCAA will represent Dubai locally and internationally in civil aviation matters including negotiations and discussions related to air traffic rights, air space, air navigation in Dubai, investigation of disasters, accidents and emergencies related to civil aviation.