Kuwait: $9,800 fine for flouting drone regulation

A three-year jail sentence may also be levied on violators of the new rule that prohibits the use of drones over personal properties and without proper permits

A new Kuwaiti regulation restricts the use of camera-fitted drones over personal properties. [Representational image]
A new Kuwaiti regulation restricts the use of camera-fitted drones over personal properties. [Representational image]

Fines worth up to $9,836 (KWD3,000) would be levied under a new Kuwaiti regulation on users of camera-fitted drones if the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are flown over private properties. 

Violators may also be jailed for up to three years if they are found using drones without appropriate permits. 

Kuwait Times reported that Sulaimah Al-Fahd, Undersecretary of the country's Interior Ministry, said remote controlled drones are no longer permitted to be flown over personal properties. 

The move comes after UAVs fitted with cameras "hovered over houses, military compounds, and other sensitive locations", Fahd said. 

A ministerial approval will be required before such drones are operated, he added. 

While such drones are typically found at weddings and similar celebrations in the country, they have also "recently been used for illicit activities", the Undersecretary added.  

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