Ras Al Khaimah has accepted the licensing rules that will oversee the certification of official tour guides for the emirate.
According to Mohamed Lojab, head of the Department of Economic Development's (DED's) tourism promotions section, plans for the issuance of new licences have now been finalised and became effective on Wednesday (July 1st).
Fees for applications have been set at AED1,000, while guides will also have to meet stringent criteria in order to achieve approval.
"In cases where a card is not renewed for two consecutive years the guide will be expected to complete a tourism awareness programme," Mr Lojab added.
Emirates Business reports that applicants need to be fluent in English and Arabic and must have a good knowledge of the history of Ras Al Khaimah. They must have also completed a diploma in tourism or have served in the sector for at least two years prior to applying.
The DED is also responsible for granting business licences in the emirate, news which may interest those considering buying commercial property in Ras Al Khaimah.