Boat operators are now required to have a “driving license” in Dubai.
The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) said the license would become mandatory in January.
“Regulating and developing the local maritime sector is top priority for DMCA, which is why we regularly introduce regulations and legislations to address local requirements in line with best international practices,” Amer Ali, executive director of the authority, told The National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates. “The [new rules] for marine crew licensing reaffirms the efforts aimed at integrating all aspects of maritime safety and operational efficiency across local waters.”
Under the new rules, owners of marine craft — anything from a wooden dhow to a luxury yacht — must register their crew with the maritime authority.
Applicants must have “the theoretical, practical knowledge and expertise”, according to a statement from DMCA.
“It is prohibited to use any marine craft within Dubai’s territorial waters unless he/she holds a certified driving license from Dubai Maritime City Authority,” said Ali Al Dabbous, director of operations at the authority.