Dubai International was forced to shut its airspace yet again on Saturday evening due to unauthorised drone activity in the restricted zone.
The incident saw Dubai Airports shut its airspace for nearly 1.5 hours, resulting in 22 inbound flights being diverted in the process.
A Dubai Airports spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying: “Airspace around Dubai International was closed from 19.25pm to 20.45pm on Saturday due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in the diversion of 22 inbound flights.
“Dubai Airports is working closely with its stakeholders to return operations to normal to minimise customer inconvenience.”
The spokesperson further added: “Safety is our top priority and Dubai Airports reminds all UAV operators that any and all activities are not permitted unless authorised by regulatory authorities and are strictly prohibited in restricted areas including within five kilometres of any airport or landing area.”
The neighbouring Sharjah International Airport was also forced to follow suit, shutting it’s airspace for nearly an hour, with reports of nearly eight flights diverted for the same.
For several Dubai residents, the corresponding delays put a damper on the pre-Diwali celebrations.
This is not the first time Dubai Airports has been forced to close its airspace over unauthorised drone activity, with last month seeing a similar closure.