Drone intrusion shuts down Dubai, Sharjah airports

For the third time this year, a drone intrusion into high-security airspace has briefly suspended operations at Dubai International Airport while nearby Sharjah International Airport also shuttered its airspace.

Federal aviation officials said both airports closed air operations for nearly 90 minutes on Saturday evening to ensure the airspace was clear of drone interference.

Saif Al Suwaidi , Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), confirmed the temporary closures of the airports in a statement after normal flight operations resumed.

“Airspace around Sharjah and Dubai International was closed from 7:25pm to 9:10pm this evening due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in a number of delays at the airport,” Al Suwaidi said.

An unauthorised drone was said to have been spotted in Al Warqa area of Dubai as investigators carried out a sweeping search for the unidentified flying machine.

Source: National News Agency