Dubai Consumer Mirror

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Camera Control

Okay, this just came out of the gossip bakery.

Word on the street these days is Dubai Studio City is seriously considering slapping a new "Photography Permission" legislation for ANY photo session that takes anywhere in Dubai by anyone.

This permission will take 2 days to issue and will cost the applicant a whooping Dhs 500.

So, if your average photo shoot in Dubai costs between $100 - $200 per hour (depending on the photographer) there is a very strong chance that -as of the September 1st this year- Dhs 500 (aprox $150) will be added on top of that.

Oh, and dig this. This permission is required even if photo shoot is within company premises and done by company employed photographer. There is also talk that police will have executive authority to make sure this "regulation" is implemented.

Meaning, if police spot you snapping away people or buildings, they have the right to ask you for the permission and take action if you don't.

One person described it as "Salik for photographers" :)

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  • Say WHAT now?! You're kidding right? If I wanna take a photo of the beach I have to pay 500 dhs?! INSANE. WHAT THE HELL

    By Blogger KJ, at July 24, 2007 at 9:58 AM  

  • thats crazy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2007 at 11:54 AM  

  • Hail freedom!

    By Blogger BuJ, at July 24, 2007 at 11:57 AM  

  • KJ - the person who told me this is not the joking type.. and to be honest, i wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be true.

    Buj :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at July 24, 2007 at 9:25 PM  

  • Does that apply to my web came? lol


    By Blogger Restless in Dubai, at July 24, 2007 at 9:26 PM  

  • Cam*

    By Blogger Restless in Dubai, at July 24, 2007 at 9:27 PM  

  • Does this apply to professional photographers only or your average snapper like myself..?

    If so, I'll be in biiiiig trouble soon.

    By Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira, at July 24, 2007 at 10:24 PM  

  • you know that song ..

    money moneeeeeeeeeeeeeeey moneeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy


    keeps poppin in my head now

    By Blogger inmotion, at July 25, 2007 at 12:54 AM  

  • WTF??????

    No ways....they can't do that...that'll be stabbing sooo many peoples hobby & also destroying the chances of having a photographic memory of any incident/event......sheesh...I cant believe this...
    if this happens.....Then I would need to pay atleast 2000 per week to take pictures as often as I have done lately....... :(

    By Blogger Stained, at July 26, 2007 at 5:24 PM  

  • Ludicrous.

    Given the amount of advertising/fashion/PR/business etc etc photoshoots going on in and around town on a daily basis, in addition to the numbers of amateurs and tourists with cameras, it couldn't possibly be implemented or policed. And why should something like this be implemented anyway? Doesn't happen anywhere else in the world.

    We smell a crock of shit here...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 28, 2007 at 4:09 PM  

  • Its true... its even being debated in New Your now

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 30, 2007 at 2:30 PM  

    I checked with Dubai Studio City. This is not a true picture I believe (dont mind the pun).
    The fee is only for complicated commercial photo sessions like in any other country in the world :)

    By Anonymous Steve, at August 8, 2007 at 9:45 PM  

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