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The weather is awesome outside and its just begging for some colorful outdoor photography!

I am looking for some information if its OK to photograph in a public location like Parks, Lakeside with a few amateur photographers and subjects along with some small light weight lighting equipment (couple of speedlite flashes) and modifiers (reflectors, diffusers). Whether its allowed by default or if you need any specific permission from any authority.

Now if it was a private structure, I can just ring them up and get the permission, but not sure how to do it for a public area?

If anyone can provide some information on this, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

PS: awesome pleasant weather turned into a blinding stand storm in just 5 mins! Grrr
 

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Taking photographs in public places, even with processional extended equipment is seldom an issue in the UAE, as long you stay low profile. Having said that, things are never that simple here: it is known that some people got into trouble in the past whilst taking photographs or video.

It is illegal to take pictures of military, airport or government installations in the UAE. Furthermore it is also illegal to capture any person in a picture, without having obtained a permission, technically can be taken taken to court. This sounds very strange, it definitely is; but unfortunately like so many other things here, the law is not changing at the same rate as the progression of this country.

But practical terms, not many people here would make an issue of being part of a picture. so taking pictures is mostly no issue at all. The group of people that potentially could make an issue are some local or people/women/families from the GCC countries. If at all taking pictures of them, ask permission. Most of them are friendly and respectful as long you ask,, and if they do not give permission (especially from Saudi may do this), do not argue. Taking pictures in parks is no issue, as long you are not directly targeting the mentioned group of people, and stay low profile.


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But practical terms, not many people here would make an issue of being part of a picture. so taking pictures is mostly no issue at all. The group of people that potentially could make an issue are some local or people/women/families from the GCC countries. If at all taking pictures of them, ask permission. Most of them are friendly and respectful as long you ask,, and if they do not give permission (especially from Saudi may do this), do not argue. Taking pictures in parks is no issue, as long you are not directly targeting the mentioned group of people, and stay low profile.
Thank you for your insight. Appreciate it.

I wouldn't be capturing random people, just the people along with the group who have given prior permission.
 

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'Furthermore it is also illegal to capture any person in a picture, without having obtained a permission, technically can be taken taken to court.'
This particular rule has been ammended, now the footage must be forwarded to police for investigation not be shared on public media, change was announced about 2 weeks ago.
 

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'Furthermore it is also illegal to capture any person in a picture, without having obtained a permission, technically can be taken taken to court.'
This particular rule has been ammended, now the footage must be forwarded to police for investigation not be shared on public media, change was announced about 2 weeks ago.
so before it went to court without any investigation? am curious to know whats the need to investigate its a simple yes or no? right or am i missing the boat here?
 

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so before it went to court without any investigation? am curious to know whats the need to investigate its a simple yes or no? right or am i missing the boat here?
Apologies, meant if taking photographs or video of criminal activitites, these may now be forwarded to the police
 
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