Dubai: Jet skis, fishing boats, commercial dhows and a few other categories of vessels are banned from entering the newly opened Dubai Water Canal, Gulf News can confirm.

The banned boats, including towing vessels, passenger boats exceeding 35 metres in length as well as the traditional wooden dhows transporting cargo, are in for a fine of up to Dh5,000 if they enter the canal. Safety is cited as the primary reason for not allowing jet skis and some types of boats.

“The Dubai Water Canal is open for a wide range of vessels including private boats that don’t exceed the limit of 35 metres, including luxury yachts, but jet skis are not allowed because they are not safe for a water body like the canal,” said Mansour Al Falasi, director of Marine Transport at the Roads and Transport Authority.

Dubai Water Canal is up to six metres deep and has width ranging from 80 metres to 120 metres.

Amer Ali, executive director of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the regulator of all marine activities in the Dubai also confirmed that entering Dubai Water Canal with jet skis will attract heavy penalties. More info

By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter