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DTCM transfers Registration and Licensing of Maritime Activities within Dubai to Dubai Maritime City Authority

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Monday, 21 July 2008

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) recently signed an agreement with the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), which enables the Authority to handle registration and licensing of all maritime tourism activities within Dubai. The move is part of a series of initiatives aimed to consolidate the emirate's maritime industry by providing a centralised point of access for all maritime-related activities in Dubai.

Under the terms of the agreement, DMCA will regulate maritime tourism businesses in Dubai including floating hotels, tour operators, floating restaurants, yacht rentals and leisure boat trips.

Amer Ali, CEO of Dubai Maritime City Authority said, "Maritime tourism is a rapidly growing industry and a huge revenue source for Dubai. This sector is definitely one of Dubai's prime attractions, targeting not only leisure tourists but business travellers and international maritime investors who are looking for new business opportunities in the region. This partnership with DTCM will allow Dubai Maritime City Authority to give full attention to the overall development and welfare of this booming sector, which will be greatly beneficial to the clients as they now have to deal with an authority solely dedicated to addressing all their needs."

As stipulated in the agreement, DTCM will train DMCA employees to handle the registration and licensing process of maritime-related tourism businesses. DTCM will likewise make available all relevant resources and will extend ongoing support to facilitate a smooth and seamless transition of functions.

Dubai Maritime City Authority is in the process of preparing guidelines aimed at monitoring tourist ships and their various activities.

The agreement follows the recent transfer of responsibilities from Dubai's Department of Economic Development (DED) to Dubai Maritime City Authority for the registration and licensing of all maritime businesses in Dubai. In addition, Dubai Maritime City Authority also recently signed a separate Agreement of Understanding with the UAE Transport Authority (NTA) to open a licensing and registration bureau for commercial ships, yachts and leisure boats in Dubai.

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