UAE: Dh10,000 fine for organising treks in RAK without a licence

Ras Al Khaimah - Detailed list of dos and dont's issued; alcohol, loud music and drones are prohibited on treks.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Sat 20 Feb 2021, 6:15 PM

Last updated: Sat 20 Feb 2021, 6:43 PM

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has strictly prohibited companies, tour operators, or individuals from organising treks or mountain sports events without obtaining a permit.

Violators will have to pay a penalty of Dh10,000, the authority confirmed to Khaleej Times on Saturday.

The announcement comes after several hiking and trekking-related accidents were reported in the mountainous regions of RAK.

In late January this year, an Asian trekker in his 30s was rescued after falling off a mountain in Daya Valley. The incident was the latest in a string of trekking accidents that saw a spike since the winter and adventure season started in the UAE.

A couple of weeks ago, a 50-year-old Emirati slipped and fell off a cliff. There was also an instance where an exhausted trekker fainted on a mountain and another incident where a man broke his leg.

In a bid to safeguard the public, the tourism department authorities have also released a list of dos and don’ts for hiking enthusiasts.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

> Plan your route and get home safely.

> Stay on the official trails and do not hike alone.

> Check the weather.

> Stay hydrated and carry a first-aid kit.

> Wear appropriate boots, hats, clothing, use special hiking equipment and sufficient sunscreen.

> Do not litter.

> Alcohol, loud music and drones are prohibited.

> Stay away from all private lands, farms and wildlife.

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