Dubai, United Arab Emirates
In line with its circular prohibiting the use of recreational manual marine crafts including kayaks, canoes, sailboats and rowing boats in Dubai’s territorial waters after sunset, Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has renewed its warning and stressed the need to adhere to the regulations restricting the time recreational marine crafts can ply local waters. DMCA has also emphasized the importance of taking into consideration issued weather warnings, especially with the current climate instability in the region and adhering to the instructions related to the weather and sea conditions.
This circular is in line with DMCA’s strategy of adopting the best maritime practices to create a safe and sustainable marine environment that supports government efforts to establish Dubai as a global leading maritime hub.
DMCA has restricted the time recreational marine crafts can ply local waters during the period between sunrise and sunset and within the authorized beaches and zones. It has also ordered seafarers to wear lifejackets to ensure their own safety, and follow the restrictions issued based on the latest weather and sea forecasts.
Ali Al Dabbous, Executive Director of Operations, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “The latest decision to ban recreational manual marine crafts after sunset comes in line with DMCA’s strategy to regulate maritime operations and water sports in Dubai according to the best international standards. The new policies are issued to reduce human and material risks and ensure the highest levels of safety to ultimately create a vibrant and safe maritime environment.”
DMCA implements an integrated plan to raise awareness about the best practices that needs to be adopted to prevent accidents, while encouraging water sports enthusiasts to be responsible for their own wellbeing by following simple steps that ensure the highest standards of personal safety.