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Issuing A Permit To Operate An Abra (Renewing The Permit)

This service enables you to issue or renew a yearly permit to operate an Abra.


Owners of Abras are eligible to apply for this service.

Required documents

  1. Inspection certificate issued by Dubai Maritime City
  2. Copy of the passport of the owner and the driver of the Abra (Note: each Abra can have a maximum of 3 drivers)
  3. Copy of the Abra driver's driving license
  4. Copy of the owner’s family book
  5. Original permit to operate the Abra (when renewing)
  6. Ownership certificate of the Abra issued by Dubai Maritime City
  7. Emirates ID of the Abra owner and driver.


Permit to operate an Abra.

Service fees

7,520 AED as yearly fees of motorised Abra including:

  • 7,000 AED/year for operating permit
  • 500 AED/year insurance fees
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.

3,420 AED as yearly fees of rowing Abra including:

  • 3,000 AED/year operation permit
  • 400 AED/year insurance fees
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.


1 year.

Average processing time

  • Office of Abra owners' services: 10 minutes.

Ways to apply


Through office:

  • The customer heads to the centre and presents the required documents
  • The customer is required to settle the fees
  • The customer receives the permit.

Terms and conditions

  • The owner of the Abra or the legal representative must be present in person at the Al Ghubaiba Marine Transport station
  • The customer cannot obtain the service before providing all the required documents.


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