161 Qatar

Maroon with a broad white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side. Maroon represents the blood shed in Qatari wars, white stands for peace. The nine-pointed serrated edge signifies Qatar as the ninth member of the “reconciled emirates” in the wake of the Qatari-British treaty of 1916.

Flag courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Map courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

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Old city of Doha, January 1904

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Qatar is a member of ICAO and JARUS.
Last updated on May 23, 2024


According to Britannica, a constitutional emirate with one advisory body, Qatar is ruled by a hereditary emir from the Āl Thānī. Members of the ruling family hold almost all the major ministerial posts, which are appointed by the emir. The family, however, is large and fragmented. As oil revenues rose after World War II, contention within the ruling family grew, and there have been several bloodless palace coups.

The emir’s power is constrained by the need to maintain the support of important family members, many of whom occupy high governmental posts. The homogeneity of the ruling family and the country’s wealth contribute to Qatar’s political stability. The emir has also cautiously expanded political participation, allowing the first municipal elections to take place in 1999, with an electorate that included both female and male Qataris. Under a provisional constitution enacted in 1972, the emir ruled in consultation with a Council of Ministers (Majlis al-Wuzarāʾ) and an appointed Advisory Council (Majlis al-Shūrā). A new constitution, which was approved by referendum in 2003 and enacted in 2005, provided for the popular election of two-thirds of the members of the Advisory Council.

Qatar’s legal system has several sources: the Sharīʿah (Islamic law), Ottoman law, and European civil and (to a lesser extent) common law. The latter was introduced through the borrowing of codes of other European-influenced Arab states. Personal status law is governed largely by the Sharīʿah, while criminal law is influenced but not governed by it. In addition to a Higher Judicial Council, there are also several lower courts and a system of appeals courts. The emir sometimes acts as the final court of appeal. Formal civil and criminal codes were introduced in the 1970s.

Civil / National Aviation Authority (CAA/NAA)

Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) was established in 2001 in accordance with Law No. (16) of 2001. QCAA works to implement the provisions of Civil Aviation Law No.(15) of 2002, later amended in 2008 and 2011 in accordance with the requirements and developments in the Aviation sector locally, regionally and globally. QCAA is a legal entity and it is allocated a budget affiliated with the budget of the Ministry of Transport. The vision of QCAA is to maintain a safe, effective and sustainable civil aviation system that enhances the status of Qatar on the map of the international civil aviation industry.


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ICAO countries publish an Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). This document is divided into three parts: General (GEN), En Route (ENR) and Aerodromes (AD). ENR 1.4 details the types of airspace classes they chose to adopt from classes A through G. Qatar AIP

airspace classification

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Drone Regulations

Drone Laws

UA Registration

Terms & Conditions:

– Minimum age allowed to operate is 18 Years old.

– Letter of Authorization showing the type of activity conducted by the company.

– Companies must provide all the necessary documentations and must be Qatari Registered.

– Maximum Five 5 UA (Drone’s) per entity is allowed.

– It is forbidden to modify or attach anything to the UA (Drone).

– Insurance policy must be provided before operating UA (Drone).

Form UA Reg 01 – Registration form for UA (Drone) for Individual’s
Form UA Reg 02 – Registration Form for UA (Drones) for Companies
Form UA Reg 03 – Registration form for UA (Drones) for GOV/Semi GOV
Form UA Reg 04 – Application Form for UA (Drone) Change of Ownership
Form UA Reg 05Application Form for UA (Drone) Registration Cancellation
Form UA Reg 06Form for UA (Drone) Registration Renewal

Drone Laws – Forms

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

2024 – Qatar government plans to test eVTOL air taxis in early 2025

2024 – Qatar Plans to Test Air Taxi & Electric Delivery Planes



Short Essay Questions

Question 1

You have been hired by a Drone Startup Company. Your boss has immediately assigned this job to you.

They need you to prepare a one-page memo detailing the legalities of using a drone to film the Barzan towers, just outside the city of Doha.

They need you to mention any national laws and local ordinances.

They specifically want to know what airspace you will be operating in and whether or not you need an airspace authorization.

Does it matter whether or not you are a citizen of the country?

Lastly, there is a bonus for you if, as you scroll through this chapter, you find any typos or broken links!

Question 2

Do you need a certificate to fly UAS?

If so, how do you obtain one?

Are there fees associated with this?

If so, how much?

Question 3

May you operate beyond visual line of sight?

If so, what procedures must you follow?

Question 4

Does the country have UAM/AAM laws? If so, describe, citing the exact law.

Question 5

Are you aware of any new laws or policies not mentioned above? If so, describe, citing the exact law or policy.





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