A supportive and empowering environment will be created for Sharjah tour guides to play their part and promote a positive and authentic image of the emirate.
This is in line with Sharjah Executive Council (SEC) 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.
At a perfect time
Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA, said: “As the government body responsible for developing and leading the tourism sector in Sharjah, SCTDA welcomes these new amendments from the Sharjah Executive Council to regulate the profession of tourist guide 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, promising even greater visitor numbers in the coming stages.
“We are committed to our mandate to ensure the quality and excellence of Sharjah’s tourism offerings and services,” 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 citizens of the United Arab Emirates – not only to fulfill their role, but also to promote a positive and authentic image of Sharjah in the process.
Set of conditions
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. Candidates must be over 18 years old, 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 SCTDA.– TradeArabia Press Service