Whether you’re considering purchasing your first vessel, or you’re a serious skipper, there are a few rules and regulations you need to know about boating and other water-based activities before leaving dry land.

You will need the following:
  • Marine craft licence
  • Marine craft inspection report
  • Coastguard-approved transponder
  • Boat insurance
  • Marine craft driver’s licence
  • Permit to sail
All boats, including private vessels – also known as pleasure,  leisure or marine craft – and jet skis, must be registered with the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA). You will then be issued a marine craft licence. Even if a boat or jet ski is officially registered in another country, it must also be registered here in the UAE.
As part of this procedure you will need to pass a marine craft inspection, and apply to the Dubai Coastguard for a registration number (in the first instance only). This number varies according to emirate and, in Dubai, you will be issued with a DP (Dubai Ports) number. Boats must then display the registration number prominently on their hull. 
Before you reach the water, you will need to obtain a permit to sail, which is authorised by the Dubai Coastguard; its patrol boats are often on the lookout to make sure boat owners have complied with all these regulations. You will also need to apply to the DMCA for a marine craft driver’s licence, a relatively new rule to ensure that all boat owners and sailors have the theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise to drive light marine vessels and leisure crafts.

Insuring your vessel
Owners are advised to buy a comprehensive insurance policy up to the recommended coverage of Dhs.2,000,000. Take out the policy with a local insurance company. Most top marine insurers have a UAE department and some conduct all their business online to save time.

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