Dubai Airport suspended operations for half an hour due to a drone flying in the area, It said airspace around the airport closed just after 08:00 on Wednesday because of “unauthorised drone activity”.
Arrivals were the first to resume at 08:35, followed by departures five minutes later, with full services restarting at 9.07am.
Dubai Airport said it was working to minimise the inconvenience and safety was its top priority.
It should be noted that this is not the first time drones have delayed flights at the airport, one of the world’s busiest.
“We remind all [drone] operators that activities are not permitted within 5km (3.11 miles) of any airport or landing area,” Dubai Airports said on Twitter.
In the wake of the incident, authorities in the United Arab Emirates have announced plans to tighten the rules on buying and using drones. Drone owners must already register with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority.
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