Currently there are no licence requirements to drive a pleasure or leisure boat. If renting a boat, some private owners may request a boat training certificate.
Any vessel departing from a UAE marina must first obtain approval from the UAE Coast Guard and request a Sailing Permit for Vessels in UAE Territorial Waters. The sailing permit can be obtained from any marina. It must be filled out by the captain and include the following:
- Date and time of departure and return
- name of the boat owner and the skipper
- Copy of the boat registration document
Permitted days and times of arrival and departure depend on the marina. Marina staff must be present to collect sailing permits and register a return with the Coast Guard.
Not complying with regulations can lead to fines, impounding of the boat and possibly imprisonment.