Emirates Diving Association
The Emirates Diving Association (EDA), under the direction of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, is the non-profit umbrella organization of all dive operators, equipment vendors, dive clubs, professional certified instructors, and recreational divers in the UAE. EDA was established under Federal Decree No. (23) Under Article No. (21) on the 23rd of February 1995, by the instructions of H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, late president of the UAE, who felt the importance of diving and the need to protect UAE marine life from further destruction and pollution.
The Decree stipulates the following responsibilities for EDA:
Legislate all diving activities in the UAE.
Ensure environmentally respectful diving practices in all EDA members.
Promote and support the diving industry within the UAE by coordinating the efforts of the diving community.
Promote diving safety in the commercial and recreational diving fields through standardization of practices.
Promote and preserve historical aspects of diving within the gulf region and enhance environmental education to diving and non-diving communities through EDA activities.
EDA’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore the UAE marine resources. It is also one of EDA’s goals to promote safe recreational and environmental diving in the UAE. EDA is fully committed to creating a harmonious and healthy diving environment so that future generations will continue to enjoy the same marine life and experiences that we have. EDA believes that divers can prove extremely utile in conserving the marine environment through observing, reporting and preventing environmental abuse.