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Drones temporarily ground Dubai Airport flights

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Flights at Dubai International Airport were temporarily grounded on Friday morning due to suspected drone activity, an airport spokesperson said.

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The suspension was in effect from 10:13 to 10:45 a.m. local time (0613-0645 GMT) before flights were cleared to resume, Dubai Airport said. Service was now back to normal, the Dubai Media Office tweeted.

Dubai airport, the hub for airlines Emirates and flydubai, is the world’s busiest for international travelers. It served 81.4 million passengers in the first 11 months of 2018.

There are severe penalties in the United Arab Emirates for unauthorized drone activity, General Civil Aviation Authority Director-General Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi said in an interview with Al-Arabiya TV.

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