The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has announced the introduction of a series of new initiatives for facilitating the issuance of official permits for foreign yachts participating at the 2014 Dubai International Boat Show 2014. The initiatives are in line with the Authority’s commitment to support the event that takes place from March 4-8 at the Dubai International Marine Club in Mina Seyahi.

The issuance of Foreign Yachts Permits is part of the first-ever batch of maritime licensing services for recreational, commercial, sports, tourist and traditional marine vessels within Dubai’s waters. The permits are given only upon strict compliance with Dubai’s technical specifications, local maritime safety systems, and eco-friendly requirements.

Ali Al Dabbous, DMCA executive director of operations, comments: “The issuance of official permits for foreign yachts forms part of our strategy of creating a safe and sustainable environment that is able to respond effectively to rapid changes, keep up with emerging trends, attract regional and international investors, and establish Dubai as a leading global maritime hub. Our cooperation with the General Directorate Of Residency And Foreigners Affairs-Dubai is an important step towards strengthening the UAE’s status as a key player in the international yachting industry.”

Adel Kalantar, head of registration and licensing department, DMCA, explains: “The renewable Foreign Yachts Permits are valid for three months and allow foreign marine vessels to sail within Dubai waters. We intend to continue coordinating closely with concerned local entities such as marine clubs and waterfront hotels to facilitate efficient licensing mechanisms and enable foreign marine vessel owners to license their vessels seamlessly and promptly.”