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UAE urged to impose limits on expat boat ownership

Low-paid workers should not be allowed own a boat, according to FNC member

UAE urged to impose limits on expat boat ownership

The UAE should ban lower income expat workers from owning a boat, according to FNC member.

Hamad Al Rahoomi (Dubai) said the Minister of Public Works and National Transport Authority should impose a ban on blue collar expat workers from buying boats, according a report in The National.

Al Rahoomi said the current boat-licensing requirements in the UAE make in relatively easy for low-paid workers to buy a boat, who are then able to compete with Emirati fishermen and rent out boats for tourist rides.

“If an accident happens tomorrow and we lose tourists, then we are [in trouble],” he said.

Al Rahoomi said boat owners should have a reasonable income, be able to swim and have a limit imposed on the amount of fish they catch.

Omar 4 years ago

What total nonsense. You should not discriminate based on income. All you need to do is ensure the boating license excludes commercial use whether for fishing or tourism. Then put in place measures to monitor and enforce the regulations. I am sure hefty fines will be an effective deterrent.