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Mohammad issued marine driver's licence.

Dubai: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) issued on Thursday the first marine driver's licence to His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who validated the licence with his signature.

This initiative, which took place at the Dubai International Boat Show, is a step toward establishing a marine driving licence issuance policy. It is part of the DMCA's objective to regulate jet-ski usage and ensure maritime safety in Dubai.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: "DMCA was keen on issuing the first marine driver's licence and presenting it to Shaikh Mohammad, in recognition of his patronage and wise guidance to promote the local maritime industry and establish Dubai as a leading global maritime hub."

He added: "During the first quarter we launched a series of leading marine initiatives, like the maritime buoyage system which aims to ensure the highest levels of maritime safety and creating a safe and integrated marine environment, to enhance Dubai's reputation as a premier maritime hub."

The maritime buoyage system, which consists of 426 buoys, is based on organising maritime activities in beaches by allocating the first 50-100 meters of coastal waters for general swimming; while the next 100 metres is dedicated to light marine vessels, and the next 100 meters is considered a buffer zone.

"In the following months we will continue the hard work and fruitful cooperation with our strategic partners and local government bodies in order to build a robust and safe maritime industry," Ali said.

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Date:Mar 8, 2013
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