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By No owner — last modified Dec 22, 2016 10:41 PM

 United Arab Emirates - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +4

Yachting Essentials

Provisioning

Provisioning is very accessible, with a huge range of local and imported foods, fresh and tinned.

Alcohol is obtainable in some Emirates, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but is expensive.

Fuel

Fuel is subsidised so petrol and diesel are all very cheap.

Electricity

Voltage: 220 V
Frequency: 50 Hz

Money

UAE dirham (UAE Dh) of 100 fils is pegged to the US dollar. Israeli currency is prohibited.

Communications

International Dialing code is +971

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Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Police - Dial 999
Ambulance - Dial 998
Fire - Dial 997
Marine emergency helpline - Dial 996

Publications

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Update History

December 2016: Updates for country profile and Clearance from Andrea Tithecott, local cruiser.
July 2016: Formalities checked.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
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andreatithecott
andreatithecott says:
Dec 22, 2016 08:40 AM

My husband and I are based in UAE and keep our yacht here. We sailed the boat over from Singapore in January 2015 clearing into Abu Dhabi. Customs and immigration clearance was quite strait forward however, ensure there are no Iranian stamps on the passport and no weapons, drugs etc on the boat. As a foreign flag vessel current UAE regulations allow a period of 21 days grace and sailing in territorial waters. Then the vessel needs to have a UAE Navigation Permit, which lasts one year and must be renewed each year. Boats being imported into the UAE must pay import duty on the vessel at 5%. Note - duty at 5% now applies on all sailing equipment bought for boats in the country, whether they are locally registered or foreign registered. The arrangements for sailing from one emirate to another differ slightly. In Dubai for example, you need an approval to sail to other Emirates, but not from Abu Dhabi. The actual sailing bit is very safe. Beware sailing too close to Iranian waters and straying into their territory as this will result in being arrested. (Andrea December 2016)

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