Want to Become a Licensed Tour Guide in the UAE? Process and Fees Explained

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Published on June 3, 2024, 08:37:55


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Tourism thrives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with millions of visitors flocking to its iconic landmarks, bustling cities and pristine beaches each year. For those passionate about showcasing the beauty and culture of the UAE to travellers worldwide, obtaining a tour guide licence is the first step towards a rewarding career in this dynamic field.

The rush of tourists in Dubai remains consistent, peaking during both the summer and the Holy Month of Ramadan. Here are the requirements to obtain a tour guide licence in the UAE, outlining the process and associated fees.


The program is online, allowing flexibility in completion time and location. It's offered in English and Mandarin; completing the course in English enables guiding in any language spoken.
To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older and create an account on www.tourguidetraining.ae.

Documents Required

  • No Objection Letter from a sponsor
  • Police Clearance Certificate from Dubai Police
  • Attested Academic Certificate (minimum high school) and an English Proficiency Certificate (level 5, upper intermediate, or above)
  • First Aid Certificate from a certified safety training center in the UAE
  • Emirates ID and a passport-sized photo with a white background


After document submission on www.tourguidetraining.ae, you'll receive status notification within 48 working hours. If verified, proceed with the first payment for the Dubai Way programme (Dh750).
Complete the Dubai Way programme and pay the knowledge assessment and interview fee (Dh1,520).

After the interview, pay Dh5,250 for skills development. Complete skills development and practical assessment. Upon passing both assessments, fill a feedback form to attain your license within two working days.


English: Dh7,500, Mandarin: Dh9,810 (+ Dh10 knowledge fee + Dh10 innovation fee). Emirati nationals enjoy free courses. Currently, a 30 per cent discount applies to all courses, excluding additional fees, until further notice.


Minimum age for registration is 18 years.

Documents Required

  •  High school certificate or equivalent
  •  Valid residency & ID
  •  Passing English language test
  •  Copy of existing tourist guide license (for guides licensed from other emirates)


  •  Submit request through the e-system
  •  Review and obtain approval
  •  Payment of fees
  •  Training and knowledge assessment
  •  Pass assessment
  •  Issuing of tour guide permit


  • Dh3,255 for new tour guides
  • Dh2,205 for guides licensed from other emirates

Abu Dhabi

Residents can obtain a tour guide licence through the TAMM platform.

Documents Required

  • Passport Copy
  • Passport Size Photo
  • Emirates ID
  • Copy of Residency Visa
  • Good Conduct Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate


  • Attend the awareness session on TAMM platform
  • Log in to the platform
  • Select a cohort and pay fees
  • Complete training and assessment
  • Receive tourist guide licence upon successful completion


  • Dh2,700


Sharjah Tourism and Commerce Development Authority provides programmes for aspiring tour guides above 18 years old.

Document Requirements

  • Passport Photograph with white background
  • Good conduct certificate
  • Copy of National ID
  • Valid Passport
  • For non-Emiratis: Residency visa


Becoming a licensed tour guide in the UAE is a rewarding endeavour, offering the chance to showcase the country's rich cultural heritage and vibrant attractions to visitors worldwide. By understanding the requirements, application process, and fulfilling associated fees, aspiring guides can embark on a fulfilling career path in the dynamic tourism industry of the UAE.

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