Sharjah Executive Council issues amendments to previous decision regulating tourist guide profession in the emirate
- SCTDA President, HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa:
- The new changes come at the perfect time as the domestic tourism sector experiences a notable boom and the post-pandemic recovery continues to gain momentum.
- We are committed to our mandate to ensure the regulatory quality and excellence of Sharjah’s tourism offerings and services.
- The amendments create a supportive and empowering environment for Sharjah tour guides to fulfill their role and promote a positive and authentic image of the emirate.
Sharjah, UAE – Following its meeting on May 15, 2022, the Executive Council of Sharjah has issued Decision No. (13) of 2022 amending its previous decision on the regulation of the tourist guide profession in the emirate.
The amended law tasks the Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) with overseeing and managing tour guides in the emirate, offering training programs and refresher courses with a clear breakdown of fees . The Authority also has the power to suspend or revoke a license in the event of a breach and has been tasked with reviewing regulations in neighboring emirates to hold accountable anyone practicing the profession without the necessary licenses.
His Excellency Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA, said: “As the government body responsible for developing and leading the tourism sector in the emirate of Sharjah, the Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority welcomes these new Sharjah Executive Council amendments to regulate the tour guiding profession in the emirate; they come at the perfect time as the domestic tourism sector experiences a notable boom and the post-pandemic recovery continues to gain momentum ground, promising an even greater number of visitors in the stages to come.
“We are committed to our mandate to ensure the quality and excellence of Sharjah’s tourism offerings and services,” HE Al Midfa continued. “In this spirit, we will maintain and improve our procedures to implement the decision of the Executive Council and the recently published amendments, respecting our responsibility, as always. This creates a supportive and empowering environment for tour guides in Sharjah – especially UAE citizens – not only to fulfill their role, but also to promote a positive and authentic image of the Emirate of Sharjah in the process. .
The amended decision prohibits any entity or organization from employing tour guides who are not in possession of a valid license issued by the SCTDA. It describes a set of conditions that a person must meet in order to obtain a tourist guide license. Applicants must be over 18 years of age, speak at least Arabic and English and successfully complete the training programs set by the Authority.
The tourist guide license is valid for one year and is renewable after passing the refresher course, which SCTDA will offer each year. Failure to renew the permit for a period longer than two years will render the permit void and the candidate will have to obtain a new permit. Citizens of the United Arab Emirates, children of Emirati mothers and employees of the Sharjah government are exempt from licensing fees and training programs for tour guides offered by SCTDA.
The tasks and responsibilities assigned to tour guides were also detailed in the amended decision and include promoting a positive image of the emirate, mitigating any risks visitors may face, adhering to a code of conduct Strict professional and behavioral and compliance with all regulations. issued by Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority.