DMCA takes over maritime tourism
Dubai, July 20, 2008
The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has recently signed an agreement with Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), tranferring registration and licensing of all maritime tourism activities within Dubai to the authority.
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 agreement, DMCA will regulate maritime tourism businesses in Dubai including floating hotels, tour operators, floating restaurants, yacht rentals and leisure boat trips.
'This collaboration with Dubai Maritime City Authority will surely help enhance the delivery of services to the greater public, particularly the maritime business community,' said Khalid Ahmed Bin Sulayem, director general, DTCM.
'This is an important step towards realising our ultimate goal of transforming Dubai into a world-class maritime hub and making it a premier model of maritime excellence and a vital link in the global maritime network,' said Amer Ali, CEO, Dubai Maritime City Authority.
Dubai Maritime City Authority is in the process of preparing guidelines aimed at monitoring tourist ships and its 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 with the UAE Transport Authority (NTA) to open a licensing and registration bureau for commercial ships, yachts and leisure boats in Dubai.- TradeArabia News Service