Dubai Initiates New Strategies For Visiting Foreign Yachts

The Dubai Maritime City Authority has adopted new measures to make the procedures easy for the inspection of the foreign yachts visiting the Emirate of Dubai as part of the “Dubai Winter Destination Yachting” initiative. 

The Executive Director of the Dubai Maritime City Authority, Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, stated that the decision was made to strengthen the distinguished position of Dubai as a leading global destination in the marine sector. 

In order to implement inspection procedures for visiting yachts, upon their arrival, the coordination with Dubai Customs is acquired. The inspection procedures for visiting foreign yachts are carried out after the concerned authority in the UAE is notified of the arrival date of the visiting yacht. 

The Executive Director of the Dubai Maritime City Authority described that the initiative is a part of the authority’s efforts to provide a set of services to the activities of marine vessels of all kinds, quickly and easily. The initiative aims to attract more foreign yachts to the emirate. 

The inspection process is important to ensure the management of marine operational operations that have the highest standards of occupational safety and best local and international practices. This is significant in achieving the objectives of improving the performance, safety, efficiency and competitiveness of the maritime sector in the Emirate of Dubai. 

The Dubai Maritime City Authority is always working to provide all facilities and services that guarantee the visiting foreign yachts a unique experience upon arrival. It relies on world-class infrastructure and advanced facilities that enhance Dubai’s lead role as a global yachting destination and its efficacy as one of the best marine capitals in the world. The rapid growth of Dubai’s maritime tourism sector has contributed significantly in regaining the emirate’s status as one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. 

After the launch of Dubai Harbour in 2020 and the expansion of several marinas across the emirate in the last 18 months, Dubai is now home to 15 marinas with more than 3,000 berths, which can accommodate an array of pleasure craft and luxury yachts as well as superyachts and Giga yachts. 

Building on a rich maritime heritage, Dubai has made rapid progress to emerge as a preferred destination for yacht owners, charters and cruise travellers from across the world and a leading multi-faceted global hub for the sector. 

With world-class infrastructure, picturesque coastline, simplified access procedures, open anchorage areas, luxury marinas and diverse sea and land-based experiences, Dubai has become a global yacht tourism magnet and the destination of choice for owners and captains of superyachts, especially in the winter season from October to April. 

With the impact of the pandemic continuing to have its impact on new travel trends globally, residents and tourists are now seeking more private and closed-group activities. As a result, yachting has become increasingly popular with both tourists and residents of the country in the same way. 

Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority, stated that the Dubai Maritime City Authority is committed to promoting Dubai’s position in the global maritime sector, by developing productive partnerships and innovative initiatives to develop the industry, create unique yacht tourism experiences and raise the sustainability of the sector in Dubai.  

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