25,000 AED fine* Filming without permission
15,000 AED fine* Filming without location permission
25,000 AED fine* Filming for different activities than mentioned in the permit
20,000 AED fine* Any other filming violation such as:
- Member of the production house not present on set
- Damage to property
- Blocking pathways or Roads without permission
- Building sets or structures without permission
- Filming aerial without permission from the concerned parties
Obtain Permit Through DFTC
The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) is the sole entity authorized to issue shooting permits in Dubai. As mandated by Dubai Government Executive Council Decision #16, issued in 2012, DFTC serves as the single point of contact to obtain permits to shoot anywhere in Dubai. DFTC liaises with other government entities such as the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, and the Roads and Transport Authority, as well as with location owners, to obtain all necessary approvals before issuing permits.
Media Shooting Permit Criteria
Applicants Any individual, corporation, or entity that wishes to shoot in Dubai must appoint a UAE-licensed production company to obtain a shooting permit.
Shooting Location Permits are required for any shoots in public, government-operated, or private locations, whether indoor or outdoor.
Media Platforms Permits are required for audio and visual media productions for all media platforms, including: Television, Film, Radio, Online, Mobile, Print.
Content Format Permits are required for media production of all content formats, including: Advertisement, Short-form, Long-form, Documentary, Radio program, Photography.