Wednesday 23 January 2019

Dubai focused on boosting maritime traffic

DUBAI, April 27, 2018

With the global yacht industry expected to reach $74.7 billion by 2021, driven by luxury cruising among high net worth individuals, Dubai aims to be well-placed to ensure maritime regulations and infrastructure match the demanding expectations of this significant sector.

Already the world’s fourth most visited city, Dubai’s existing tourism proposition is hugely attractive for global visitors and is perfectly positioned to capture an increasing share of the high-end superyacht market.

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), supported by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), organised a workshop at Arabian Travel Market for key government entities, yacht operators and manufacturers as part of efforts to develop Dubai’s maritime industry.

The move follows the announcement of the economic stimulus by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to reinforce Dubai’s economy.

The workshop was attended by the director-general of Dubai Tourism, Helal Saeed Almarri; Amer Ali, executive director of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), and senior officials from Federal Transport Authority, Department of Naturalisation and Residency, Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation, Dubai Coast Guard and Dubai Sports Council, as well as operators and manufacturers of luxury yachts and boats.

Participants discussed various issues facing the sector and ways of further simplifying the process of registration for superyachts and boats and obtaining visas for their crew and staff, as well as infrastructure for refit and repair.

With Dubai emerging as a centre for the global maritime industry, Dubai Maritime City Authority is offering one-stop services and catering to all industry requirements including the opportunity for owners of yachts and boats to register their craft in just three easy steps.

Additionally, the leisure maritime sector is expected to continue on an upward curve due to an easing of regulations encouraging recreational boating activities. Local stakeholders have highlighted a number of challenges that are being addressed to facilitate easier access and drive increased visitation from maritime enthusiasts who seek sea-based experiences.

A wide range of initiatives relating to the private yachts and boats business, including its potential for generating revenues and offering yachting as an attractive option for tourists, plus ideas to further develop this sector were discussed at the workshop.

The government’s wide-ranging economic stimulus plan aims to boost economic growth, attract new investments and reduce the cost of running a business in Dubai, and features initiatives from several government departments including three key proposals from Dubai Tourism – to attract more transit passengers to visit Dubai, introduce the timeshare concept to woo more families to the emirate and to encourage more luxury yachts and boats to visit Dubai.

Ali said: “At DMCA we continuously work hard to improve, enhance, and develop all those aspects that help create a competitive and attractive maritime sector in Dubai. We are delighted to be working with Dubai Tourism to support this vital sector in Dubai’s economy. The forward-thinking vision of Dubai Tourism is in sync with ours in creating a world-class marine leisure sector in Dubai. We are working to develop business friendly services to foreign super-yachts and other watercrafts to guarantee that Dubai waters enjoy marine safety, operational efficiency, and safe navigation.  Our work with Dubai Tourism supports our vision of creating a globally leading maritime centre in Dubai, which is attractive to foreign investors on one end, and applies best-practice international standards on the other.”

Commenting on the workshop, Almarri said: “The recommendations and solutions proposed by key players involved in the maritime sector are in line with the strategic vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to identify and develop unique opportunities that will drive economic growth in the emirate, as well as further enhance Dubai’s position as an international city of excellence and unique experiences. Our renewed approach to capitalising on the huge potential that exists in the luxury yacht and leisure marine sector is aimed at further enhancing our world-class tourism proposition. With an advanced marine leisure industry including infrastructure that is on par with international standards, Dubai is well-positioned to capture the mega yachts market and become the region’s preferred yachting hub.” - TradeArabia News Service

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