Dubai authorities draw up plans to boost maritime traffic

DUBAI, The Dubai Maritime City Authority, DMCA, supported by Dubai Tourism, organised a workshop on 25th April at the Arabian Travel Market for key government entities, yacht operators and manufacturers as part of wider efforts to develop Dubai’s maritime industry.

This important sector has significant potential to grow by expanding into the lucrative luxury yacht sector plus ensuring leisure maritime pursuits are easier to enjoy with the overall aim to further broaden Dubai’s tourism offering.

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

With the global yacht industry expected to reach US$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 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.

The workshop on leisure maritime traffic was attended by the Director-General of Dubai Tourism, Helal Saeed Almarri, Executive Director of DMCA, Amer Ali, senior officials from the 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.

“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 superyachts 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,” Amer Ali said.

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 His Highness 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.”

Participants at the workshop 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.

Source: Emirates News Agency