Operations & Maintenance

Saudi Red Sea Authority issues marina licences

The boating facilities have achieved certification for technical procedures, quality of service, and sustainability

Saudi Red Sea Authority (SRSA), the official regulator and enabler of Red Sea coastal tourism, has issued the first three licences for operators of tourist marinas. The marinas are: Al-Ahlam Marina in Jeddah and Jazan, and Red Sea Marina in Jeddah.

SRSA has been mandated to issue licences and permits for all navigational and marine tourism activities, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 to develop a thriving coastal hospitality sector.

Announcing the awarding of new licences, SRSA said this move was aimed at developing operational and technical procedures for marinas, enhancing the quality of services provided to tourists and visitors, preserving the marine environment, and helping ensure sustainability. Importantly, it will also regulate the marine watercraft operating model.

The Saudi regulator said the new licences were a significant step towards the development of coastal tourism in the kingdom, reflecting SRSA’s commitment to provide a suitable and safe environment for both local and international visitors, within the broader aim of making the Red Sea a leading global tourist destination.

This was achieved through field visits by SRSA to tourist marinas in Jeddah, Jazan, Al Laith and Yanbu as a proactive step to provide essential technical, administrative, and consultative support to marina operators, while at the same time ensuring compliance with international standards. The new protocols also ensure the readiness and suitability of these facilities to receive local and international visitors and tourists.


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