Welcome to the World of the Emirates Diving Association – EDA.

As a nation of seafarers and pearl divers, we are historically and socially indebted to our seas. Our timeless heritage and traditions as people dependent on fisheries and seaborne trade have contributed enormously towards our regional prosperity and development.

From the earliest times, our pearl diving history allowed us to develop an intimate relationship with our natural world. Many of our seafarers, divers and fishermen had the instinctive ability to read every wave, to hear the wind and to feel the forces of nature. In today’s world, instinct has largely been replaced by academics. The old ways make way for the new and our quest for prosperity makes way for a desire of further knowledge and understanding. As more and more scientists and divers explore the boundaries of our coastline, the information they unveil will become paramount to our government’s efforts towards ensuring the survival of our seas.

Divers are generally very aware of the fragility of the oceans, and we want to encourage the diving community to use their knowledge in helping others to understand the need for our marine world. The simplest way this can be achieved is through passing on acquired knowledge to others. 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 is a non-profit organisation consisting of a handful of volunteers sharing a common goal – a love for the sea. We have set our goals with the best intentions in mind. Nevertheless, we understand the controversy surrounding any environmental subject and are willing to listen to and share your thoughts. Therefore, we call on those concerned individuals, organisations and agencies with a similar or common interest, to come forward, suggest an improvement, prepare an idea, share a thought, or even lend a hand. We need your help and you can definitely make a difference.

Yours Sincerely,
Juma Khalifa Bin Thalith


EDA’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore the UAE’s marine resources by emphasising and promoting the underwater environment and environmental diving.

EDA is a non-profit NGO registered with the Ministry of Community Development as per the Ministerial Decree No. 149.

The Decree stipulates the following responsibilities for EDA:

  • Ensure environmentally respectful diving practices in all EDA members.
  • Support the diving industry within the UAE by coordinating the efforts of the diving community.
  • Promote safety in the commercial and recreational diving fields through standardisation of practices.
  • Preserve historical aspects of diving within the gulf region and enhance environmental education to diving and non-diving communities through EDA projects and events.