Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has revealed that it has issued a marine driving license to Mohammed Al Shaali, CEO, Gulf Craft, through its ‘Exam in your office’ initiative, a service that provides the opportunity for water sports enthusiasts to obtain their marine driving license quickly, easily and in the convenience of their own offices. The service is one of the latest additions to the DMCA’s wide portfolio of services, which has been developed to support the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make the emirate the happiest place in the world. The ‘Exam in your office’ initiative also complements the Authority’s continuing move to increase the levels of customer satisfaction while also playing a key part in the move to maintain the wellbeing of the local community.

A team from the DMCA recently visited Al Shaali in Gulf Craft’s Dubai office to administer and facilitate an online theoretical examination, which is a major requirement in the acquisition of a marine driving license. After the test, Al Shaali lauded the DMCA for its pivotal role in facilitating and streamlining the procedures for marine licensing. He further commended the Authority for its commitment to provide a full portfolio of innovative services that meets the expectations of customers, which complements efforts to position Dubai as one of the most competitive and prominent maritime centers in the world.

Adel Kalanter, Director for Registration and Licensing, DMCA, said: “We are delighted to issue a marine driving license to the Chairman of Gulf Craft. This move reflects his high confidence in the ‘Exam in Your Office’ service. We remain confident that this initiative will play a key role in our continuing efforts to achieve customer satisfaction, happiness and enhance the welfare of society as embodied in the vision of our country’s wise leadership. We commend Al Shaali’s decision to choose our innovative service that undoubtedly represents a boost to our efforts to develop and regulate and promote the local maritime sector as well as provide maximum safety requirements within the territorial waters and coasts of Dubai.”

Kalanter added: “The growing demand for the ‘Exam in Your Office’ service leads us to continue on creating and implementing more programs to our portfolio of marine licensing services. These new services have been created in line with our fundamental objectives to building an integrated, safe and sustainable maritime environment that supports the development and meets the needs of the future. We are committed to move forward in providing best ways to ensure maritime operations management in accordance with the highest professional standards of safety and the best environmental practices and the local and international resolutions. All of these will promote the confidence of the local maritime community and the regional and international investors and supports Dubai’s position as a key player and center to the regional and global maritime industry.”

Al Shaali thanked and appreciated the DMCA team for their professionalism, excellence and objectivity in administering the test, which is in accordance with the highest standards of quality. Al Shaali added that the ‘Exam in Your Office’ service will bring positive results in the efforts to promote maritime licensing—acting as a solid pillar in consolidating the safety, efficiency and competitiveness of the local maritime sector and strengthen Dubai’s presence on the global maritime map.

For his part, Hamed Hassan, Senior Manager for Registration and Licensing, DMCA, said: “The ‘Exam in Your Office’ service is offered by DMCA for those wishing to apply for the exam to get the marine driving license quickly and easily in their offices or in their marine crafts without the need to come to the Authority’s offices. Applicants may contact DMCA’s customer service centre at 800-8855 to apply for the service. In addition, details of the service and other maritime smart solutions will also be available at DMCA’s hosted pavilion during this year’s edition of the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), which will be held from March 1 to March 5, 2016 at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi. The DMCA pavilion will be located at Stand Number S50.”

Al Shaali stressed on the importance of the ‘Exam in Your Office’ service, which acts as a regulatory framework that supports the efforts of strengthening the competitive advantages of the local maritime sector, both regionally and internationally. He praised the level of excellence, innovation and leadership that has been reached by the DMCA, especially in terms of creating an integrated, safe and sustainable maritime environment. He also called on all water sports enthusiasts to take advantage of the smart and interactive services provided by DMCA in accordance with the highest international practices and cutting-edge technologies.