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Leisure activities to get boost at new Ajman dhow harbour

posted on 25/10/2003: 1576 views

Ajman is gearing up to boost its leisure and entertainment industries with the establishment of a docking harbour for dhows. The new facility is expected to cater to the dhows currently docking at the existing Ajman port. The new facility was established after activity in the traditional handicraft trade witnessed a huge growth, said an official of the Ajman Ports and Customs. "As dhow operations have expanded in the emirate and the port harbour is already congested, we decided to set up the docking facility," explained Hameed Ibrahim, director of the Emirates Ports Services.

Work on the facility started in April and the harbour was ready to receive larger dhows by August this year. The docking harbour extends some 300 metres from the Ports and Customs Authority facility towards the fishing harbour. It can currently accommodate up to seven large dhows. The docking facility will take over the present fishing harbour, which will be moved inside the port. This will provide space for up to 40 large dhows in future. It is eventually expected to pave the way for leisure cruise activities. The vast area alongside the harbour has been paved to accommodate goods for landing and loading purposes.

A customs and immigration office has also been set up to facilitate, inspect and clear transactions. The Emirates Ports Services Company, which is presently running the Ajman Ports and Customs Authority, will also administer the newly added marine service.

The dhow operations facility is expected to constitute an essential part of the Ports and Customs Authority with an independent management. Earlier, these dhows used the facilities at the Ports and Customs Authority. With the harbour facilities now being set up for them, they will use their own staff and workers. (The Gulf News)


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